Court Finds Law Firm Not Liable For Death Of Paralegal Who Became Intoxicated At On-Site Bar.

The dangers of alcohol have been made abundantly clear through data, clinical studies, and experience. Alcohol providers must be exceedingly careful not to serve their patrons to the point of danger to themselves and others, and patrons must be careful not to consume to the point of danger. Adding alcohol to the equation in the context of most any activity likely increases the risk of harm or death. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert wrongful death attorney at 617-787-3700.

In an effort to encourage its attorneys to work longer hours, a Florida law firm, Gladstone Law Group, has its own alcohol bar on site. On June 19, 2013, Susan Salerno, who worked as a paralegal for the firm, consumed far too many alcoholic beverages, and on her way home from work she was struck by a train.

Salerno’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming that the Gladstone Law Group was aware that Salerno was an alcoholic yet proceeded to serve her anyway. Salerno’s estate cited a statute creating liability for vendors that sell to known alcoholics. However, a Florida Court determined that the statute applied only to vendors, and employers serving alcohol are subject to a distinct set of legal rules. Because Salerno was not acting in the course of her employment when she was killed the court found there was no liability for the law group.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol related incident, you may be entitled to monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert drunk driving lawyers or personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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