Dram Shop Actions – Liability for Negligent Service of Alcohol

New Hampshire law makes a business accountable if it serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person.  In New Hampshire, this legal protection is found in a statute: RSA 507-F “Alcoholic Beverage Licensee Liability.” Such a legal proceeding is commonly referred to as a “Dram Shop” action. The protections provided by this law often come into play when a patron at a bar or restaurant is irresponsibly overserved, and then drives off in a car and injures someone.

The ability to hold a business accountable for getting an obviously intoxicated person more drunk is only fair and often proves to be crucial in circumstances where the drunk driver carries little or no insurance and has few assets.  Without legal accountability on the part of the serving establishment for their part in creating a danger on the roadway, the innocent victim in such cases would have no way to recover for their harms and losses.  Because of our dram shop statute, the business’s insurance coverage is available to help provide adequate compensation to the victim.

If you or someone that you know has been injured by an intoxicated person, call Winer and Bennett today to learn whether you are entitled to compensation for the harm caused by the negligent or reckless provision of alcohol.

By: Brenner Webb, Esq.

Attorney Brenner G. Webb practices Personal Injury, Business, and Criminal Law at Winer & Bennett, LLP. To receive expert legal guidance on matters like this and others, contact the law office of Winer & Bennett, LLP at 603-882-5157. Visit www.winerbennett.com for more information. Follow Winer & Bennett on Facebook.

Remembering S. Robert Winer | March 5, 1920 – January 11, 2019

It is with sadness that Winer and Bennett, LLP learned of the loss of one of its founding partners, S. Robert Winer, who died on January 11, 2019.  Mr. Winer was 98 years old.  Bob started the first incarnation of what is now Winer and Bennett, LLP in 1957 with George Nelson and J. Albert Lynch.  The firm has been located in its present location at 111 Concord Street in Nashua since 1976.

Robert Winer grew up in Nashua, the son of the owners of a shoe store on Main Street in Nashua during the Great Depression.  He was educated in Nashua schools graduating at age 16 from Nashua High School class of 1935.  Bob graduated from UNH in 1939 and started his law studies at Boston University Law School before World War II intervened, graduating from Harvard Law School after the end of the War.

First Lieutenant Robert Winer trained as a glider pilot with the Big Red One Division of the U.S. Army and flew his first mission behind enemy lines on D-Day in June of 1944.  He earned an air medal of honor with an oak leaf cluster and, near the end of his life, the French Legion of Honor for his service in the liberation of France.

Attorney Winer became a respected member of the New Hampshire Bar and served Nashua area clients in a variety of matters for fifty years.  He was active in both civil and municipal organizations during his career and received the Nashua Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award after his retirement.

The attorneys and staff at Winer and Bennett, LLP owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Winer.  His collegiality, vision and dedication to the interests of his clients set the example for the continued commitment to professionalism and service at Winer and Bennett, LLP.  We, the current stewards of those high standards, salute Bob Winer of the Greatest Generation for his courage, sacrifice and service both at war and here at home.