Florida Man Sues Bar For Not Halting His Drinks

In a story reported last month, a 73-year-old Florida man got a ticket from police after he was hit by a car while riding his scooter home from a bar. Now, he claims the bar is to blame for selling him too many drinks, and he wants the bar to pay.

(Not really John Wasko)

John Wasko of Manatee, FL filed a lawsuit against The Oasis Bar, saying the bar should have stopped giving him drinks. He’s seeking more than $15,000 in compensation. Ironically, Wasko was not booked for a DUI, but was ticketed for riding in front of a vehicle. Rough night! This happened in January, but Wasko waited 9 months to file suit.

After the accident, Wasko was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but he blamed the injuries on the bar’s failure to know when to stop selling him drinks. His lawsuit claims the servers were not trained well enough to know his condition and when to stop selling him drinks.

What does this have to do with insurance?

Businesses that sell and serve liquor need liquor liability insurance for alcohol related claims. A general liability insurance policy does not provide coverage for these scenarios. Liquor liability insurance is a form of commercial insurance that protects businesses against loss or damages claimed as a result of a patron becoming intoxicated and injuring themselves or others. It provides coverage for bodily injury or property damage resulting from:

  • Causing or contributing to the intoxication of any person;
  • Furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under the legal drinking age or under the influence of alcohol; or
  • Violating any statute, ordinance, or regulation relating to the sale, gift, distribution, or use of alcoholic beverages

Liquor liability insurance coverage will reimburse your company against the costs of defending a lawsuit in court, even if a claim is groundless or fraudulent.

This story is just a random example of a liquor liability claim. As you can imagine, they happen all the time because people generally make dumb decisions when they’re drinking.  Funny thing is they rarely seem to think they’re fault when they get into trouble. Make sure you are covered adequately if someone blames you for over-serving them!


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About Jimmy Kinmartin - Business Insurance & Risk Management Broker

Jimmy is a California licensed Property & Casualty AND Accident & Health insurance agent working at the ISU - Olson Duncan Insurance brokerage in Torrance, CA. He grew up in Fullerton, CA and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and currently lives in Tustin, CA. Have questions? Just ask! Or, follow Jim on Twitter at @JimKinmartin

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