South Carolina Woman Sues Bar for Failing to Check ID

December 28, 2011

A woman is suing a Bluffton bar because a bartender didn’t check her age before serving her on the night of the 2009 wreck that paralyzed her.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that Chelsea Hess, who was then 20 years old, is a paraplegic because of the accident.

Hess’ lawsuit in 14th Circuit Court says she was served at Jock’s Sports Grill, but the bartender failed to check her ID or to determine if she was already drunk.

She’s also suing the state Department of Transportation, saying the agency failed to properly maintain the shoulder of the road where her car crashed.

Both the company that owns the bar and the DOT denied Hess’ claims in court papers.

Lawyers for both say Hess is responsible for her accident.

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