Many Allegheny County residents have an incomplete view of property owners' obligations to injured parties. Premises liability lawsuits usually stem from legal claims by plaintiffs injured or killed on a defendant's property. Dram shop liability can involve plaintiffs who never stepped foot on a property but suffered because someone else did.
A dram shop civil case was recently settled in Pittsburgh for more than $15 million. The defendants were a convicted drunk driver and a south side restaurant. The intoxicated man caused a 2010 car accident that killed a sleeping child and severely injured the girl's mother. Crash injuries also caused the pregnant woman to miscarry.