We’ve all heard the message time and time again: Don’t drink and drive.
We understand how drinking and driving can impair judgment, affect vision, and lead to disastrous accidents. Yet, some people still choose to drive under the influence of alcohol. If a drunk driving accident has harmed you or a loved one, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and losses.
A Marietta drunk driving accident attorney at Spaulding Injury Law can represent you throughout the process of seeking the compensation you deserve after suffering injuries from a drunk driving accident. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and share the details of your accident, and we can discuss your options for compensation.
What Are the Recoverable Losses in a Georgia Drunk Driving Accident Case?
Drunk driving accidents can lead to a wide range of damages, including:
PAST AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES
Injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident often require extensive medical treatment, such as emergency transportation (ambulance fees), surgeries (such as orthopedic procedures to repair broken bones), physical therapy (rehabilitation to regain mobility), and ongoing care (long-term medication or medical check-ups). These expenses can be financially overwhelming and may continue for years, depending on the severity of the injuries.
Victims of drunk driving accidents may lose income due to missed work during their recovery. This includes not only salary or hourly wages but also missed business opportunities, such as freelance projects or potential clients, and lost bonuses or promotions.
For example, a salesperson might lose commission from missing a crucial sales period, or an executive might be passed over for a promotion due to their absence.
FUTURE LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY
If the injuries sustained in the accident prevent you from returning to your previous job or force you to accept a lower-paying position, you may experience a reduced earning capacity. For instance, a construction worker who suffers a severe spinal injury may no longer be able to perform physically demanding tasks and may need to transition to a lower-paying desk job.
PROPERTY DAMAGE EXPENSES
Drunk driving accidents often cause significant damage to vehicles and other property, including the costs of repairing or replacing a damaged car and any personal belongings that were damaged in the accident, such as laptops or smartphones.
SCARRING AND DISFIGUREMENT
Injuries from a drunk driving accident can result in scarring or disfigurement, affecting mobility or appearance. For example, a victim might suffer severe burns from a car fire, requiring multiple skin grafts and resulting in permanent scarring. Another victim might require facial reconstructive surgery after a collision, leading to long-term disfigurement.
PAIN AND SUFFERING
This category of damages encompasses the physical discomfort and inconvenience experienced by victims due to their injuries. Pain and suffering can include chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, or limitations in daily activities, such as being unable to lift heavy objects or participate in favorite hobbies.
The emotional toll of a drunk driving accident can be profound. Victims may suffer from insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression as a result of the traumatic event. For example, you may develop a fear of driving or riding in a car, impacting your ability to work or maintain a social life.
OTHER OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES
Drunk driving accidents can lead to additional expenses that might not be immediately apparent.
These can include transportation costs (such as using taxis or rideshares while your car is being repaired), in-home nursing care (for victims who require assistance with daily activities), or modifications to your home to accommodate a disability (such as installing a wheelchair ramp or stairlift).
Each of these categories of damages can significantly impact your life, making it all the more crucial to pursue fair compensation with the help of a skilled attorney at Spaulding Injury Law. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to pursue additional losses.
Why Choose a Marietta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer at Spaulding Injury Law?
Navigating the legal system while recovering from a car accident can be exhausting. Let Spaulding Injury Law handle the stress and responsibility of managing your case.
By enlisting our help, we can:
- Collect and Organize Evidence: Including toxicology reports, traffic citations, accident reports, photos, videos, witness statements, medical records, and more.
- Pursue Civil Action: Separate from criminal charges, we can use a guilty verdict as evidence to demonstrate the other party’s negligence.
- Establish Negligence: We’ll satisfy the duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages elements required to recover compensation.
- Identify Liable Parties: In addition to the driver, Georgia’s dram shop law may hold others accountable for serving alcohol to the intoxicated individual or a minor.
- Manage Communications: We’ll handle all case-related communications on your behalf, protecting you from the insurance company’s tactics and bad faith practices.
- Negotiate Settlements: We’ll demand a fair settlement from the insurance company and negotiate on your behalf. If necessary, we’ll take your case to trial.
The Importance of Prompt Legal Representation After a Drunk Driving Accident
Insurance companies and Georgia law impose deadlines for filing claims and lawsuits. Don’t wait to take action. Waiting too long could harm your case and make you ineligible for compensation under the statute of limitations. Starting your case promptly also helps us gather evidence, such as witness statements that can validate your claim.
By contacting Spaulding Injury Law quickly, we can determine how much time you have to file your claim and start gathering crucial evidence. At Spaulding Injury Law, we work on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if your case is successful.
That means we won’t charge you:
- Out-of-pocket fees
- Retainer fees
- Hourly fees
- Upfront costs
We take payment only if and when we secure compensation for your drunk driving accident. Our contingency fee structure lets us immediately start working on your drunk driving claim without doing any harm to your finances.
Don’t wait any longer. Start the process of getting the compensation you deserve by contacting Spaulding Injury Law today.
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1000 Parkwood Circle Southeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
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