Hughey Law Firm of Charleston, SC Achieves $2 Million Settlement Against Buffalo Wild Wings

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Charleston, South Carolina-based Hughey Law Firm achieved a $2,000,000 settlement against Buffalo Wild Wings in Charleston Co. Circuit Court for the family of Forrest Carlton, who was killed by an 18-year-old driver that allegedly got drunk at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Hughey Law Firm, a Charleston, South Carolina-based personal injury law firm, achieved a $2,000,000 settlement against a local Buffalo Wild Wings franchise ($1,925,000) and its parent company Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. ($75,000) for the estate of their client Forrest Carlton, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident by an 18-year-old, allegedly intoxicated driver on December 8, 2013. The settlement allocated $200,000 to the survival claim, while the remaining $1,800,000 was allocated to the wrongful death claim. (Case Number: 2014-CP-10-3011, Court of Common Pleas for Charleston County, South Carolina.)

According to court documents, on the night of December 7, 2013, multiple employees of the Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) franchise located in Summerville, South Carolina, allegedly served and sold Daniel Shirley large quantities of alcohol even though he was only 18-years-old at the time and possessed no form of false identification. After drinking until last call shortly before 2:00 AM, Shirley allegedly left BWW in an intoxicated condition and drove approximately 20 miles until his vehicle collided with Forrest Carlton, who was walking along Ashley River Road in Charleston, South Carolina. Shirley purportedly left the scene of the accident and would not turn himself into local authorities until several days later. Unfortunately, Carlton succumbed to his injuries on December 8, 2013.

“This was a case that involved a very tragic set of circumstances culminating in the death of Forrest Carlton. Forrest was loved by everyone that came into contact with him, and he was supported by a wonderful family. Forrest displayed a love and joy that was unaffected by the fact that he was both autistic and non-verbal,” said attorney Nathan Hughey. “His life was cut down by an underage driver who had allegedly been served alcohol repeatedly at a local Buffalo Wild Wings, according to his testimony. Witnesses testified to numerous other alcohol violations at the restaurant as well. We hope that this settlement makes a difference in the implementation of safe alcohol service not only at local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, but nationwide. While nothing will ever bring Forrest back, we hope and believe that this settlement effectuates the change necessary to ensure that nothing similar happens to anyone else.”

About Hughey Law Firm:
Hughey Law Firm represents individuals who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Under the direction of firm founder Nathan Hughey and partner Stuart Hudson, Hughey Law Firm combines years of legal experience with an appreciation for technological advancements to zealously and efficiently advocate for their clients. For more information, visit their website for a list of practice areas, verdicts and settlements, and more. Additionally, you may contact them at (843) 881-8644,, or at their office, 1311 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, Suite 201, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464.

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