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Is the Bar That Served Them Alcohol Liable for My Injuries? Last year, a study using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that Massachusetts is the sixth-deadliest state in the nation for drunk

driving crashes. If you are injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, if the victim’s injuries are severe, drunk drivers rarely have adequate car insurance to provide full coverage for their injuries. This is why car accident victims need to work with experienced attorneys who are prepared to pursue dramshop cases. In states with dramshop laws, businesses that serve alcohol to a patron who is clearly intoxicated can be held liable to anyone injured by the drunk patron. In Massachusetts, vendors are prohibited from selling or serving alcohol to an “intoxicated person.” Vendors who violate this law can be held liable for negligence in a civil lawsuit. This means if you are injured by a drunk driver, the bar or restaurant who served the driver may also be liable for your injuries. In order to pursue a successful dramshop case against a bar or restaurant in Massachusetts, you must be able to prove the following: • The drunk driver who caused your injuries was a patron of that specific bar or restaurant. • The bar or restaurant served the drunk driver alcohol. • The drunk driver was intoxicated when served the alcohol. • At the time when the alcohol was served, the bar or restaurant was aware or “reasonably should have known” that the drunk driver was intoxicated. • The drunk driver operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated. • The bar or restaurant should have reasonably foreseen the drunk driver operating a motor vehicle. • In a similar situation, a person of “ordinary prudence” — a reasonable person — would not have served the drunk driver alcohol. • A third party’s injuries as a result of the drunk driver operating a motor vehicle was within the scope of foreseeable risk. Due to all of these conditions, dramshop cases can be very difficult to prove. They require a great deal of investigating and a skilled attorney on the case in order to reveal the full story. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, don’t leave their future up to chance. Call Spada Law Group at 617.889.5000 and get the full story.

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Vegan Cauliflower PIZZA CRUST Local Chef’s Corner

Bring some new flavors to your pizza night with this dairy-free, egg- free cauliflower pizza crust. Vegan pizza has never tasted so good!

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower rice • 3 tbsp ground flax seeds • 1/2 cup almond flour

• 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp garlic powder • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Thaw frozen cauliflower rice and place it on a thin dish towel. Use your hands to squeeze out all excess moisture from cauliflower. 3. Transfer drained cauliflower to a large bowl and mix in ground flax seeds, almond flour, salt, garlic powder, and oregano. 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to press dough onto the baking sheet, creating a thin, flat shape about 14 inches in diameter. 5. Bake the crust for 45 minutes, checking after 30 minutes to make sure it’s not burning. Once the crust is golden brown, carefully remove from the oven, flip the entire crust over on the baking sheet, and bake for another 10 minutes. 6. Once the crust is cooked, remove from the oven and let cool slightly before adding your favorite pizza toppings. Cook for another 5–10 minutes and serve warm.

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