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It is important to understand your rights if you were injured as a result of a negligent social host or alcohol vendor. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys today.

What are New York’s social host liability laws?

New York’s social host liability law, also known as the “Alcohol Purchase Age Law,” is more limited than the law that involves alcohol vendors. According to this law, a social host can be held responsible for an injured party if the host served alcohol to an underage guest who subsequently caused the injuries. The law, however, does not inflict liability on social hosts who serve visibly intoxicated guests who are of legal drinking age.

If you would like to learn more about social host laws in New York, it is in your best interest to reach out to Hausman & Pendzick today.

What are New York’s dram shop laws?

With New York’s dram shop laws, an injured party can bring a claim against an alcohol vendor where the vendor unlawfully provided alcohol to the person who caused the injuries. In most cases, liability comes up in two kinds of circumstances:

  • the vendor provides alcohol to someone who’s underage, or
  • the vendor provides alcohol to someone who’s already visibly intoxicated.

Our firm is on your side if you were injured as a result of a negligent alcohol vendor. Contact our firm today.

Can I recover damages for my injury?

According to New York’s statute of limitations, a claim for dram shop or social host liability must be filed within three years from the date of the accident to be recognized in state court. However, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled personal injury attorney, as there may be factors that can alter the statute of limitations in your case.

In order to recover the compensation you need to heal from your injuries, you will need to prove that your injuries were a direct result of another’s negligence. The only way to obtain monetary compensation for dram shop and social host claims is just in terms of money damages. Damages might include things like compensating an injured party for a number of losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

If you were injured and would like to pursue legal action, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Westchester County personal injury attorneys today.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.