A Covington DUI car accident lawyer from Kaine Law can help you recover damages after a drunk driver leaves you or your loved one hurt. We can help you win compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Recoverable Economic Damages in DUI Car Accident Cases
After a DUI car accident, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Your financial losses, including both past expenses as well as costs you can project into the future, fall under the category of “economic damages.”
These damages include the following:
Medical Bills from Your Injuries
This includes any medical treatment you need to treat your injuries. You may be eligible for compensation for:
- Surgical costs
- Hospitalization costs
- Assistive devices
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Future medical care a doctor believes you may need
Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
This includes the money you lost while you could not work due to your injuries. If your injuries will limit the amount and kind of work you can do in the future, reduced earning capacity could also qualify you for a claim.
If your injuries limit the number of hours you can work or force you into a lower-paying position, you can seek damages for this earnings discrepancy.
Out-of-Pocket Expenses Related to Your Covington Accident
You may be able to recover any related out-of-pocket expenses, such as:
- Renovating your house or vehicle
- Hiring help for your household
- Transportation to and from appointments
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Recoverable Non-Economic Damages in DUI Car Accident Cases
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages do not come with receipts and hard numbers. Instead, they involve intangible losses. Some common non-economic damages include the following:
Physical pain can make it difficult to go about your day-to-day life. You may no longer be able to do the activities and hobbies you once loved, and simple tasks can become inconvenient and distressing.
Mental and Emotional Suffering
Physical pain is not the only kind of suffering you face after a car accident. You may experience mental and emotional anguish because of your accident and injuries for which you can pursue non-economic damages.
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Wrongful Death Damages After a Covington DUI Accident
If your loved one passed because of a DUI car accident, then you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Their funeral and burial costs
- Their medical bills
- Any financial support they would have given your family
You can also recover non-economic damages for their pain and suffering and the suffering you and your loved ones have had to go through because of a drunk driver’s negligence.
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Our Lawyers Can Protect Your Right to Compensation After a DUI Car Accident
When you enlist our help, our DUI car accident team will manage every aspect of your case. Our personal injury firm serving Covington will:
Establish That the Driver’s Intoxication Caused Your Accident
The first step in pursuing compensation on your behalf is a thorough investigation. Our team will look for evidence that proves the accident occurred because of the driver’s intoxication. This might include:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level
- Witness statements
- The driver’s testimony
- Photos of the accident scene (e.g., a lack of skid marks on the pavement)
Identify All Liable Parties
In some cases, the drunk driver will not be the only liable party. For example, if the drunk driver who struck you was working as a government employee, you may be able to sue the following parties:
- That employee
- Their specific agency
- The government (under O.C.G.A. 50-21-23)
If a bar or restaurant over-served the driver before the accident, you may be able to sue that establishment for damages.
Build Your DUI Car Accident Case
Once we have collected evidence of negligence, we will use it to build the strongest possible case on your behalf. To successfully recover compensation for you and your loved ones, we will need to present your case to prove the following applies to your accident.
- You were owed a duty of care to be kept safe on the road.
- The drunk driver failed to meet this duty due to their negligence.
- This negligence was the cause of your accident.
- Your accident resulted in losses and injuries for which you can seek compensation.
Handle All Communication and Negotiations with the Insurer
Dealing with an insurance company can be stressful, especially when recovering from injuries or caring for an injured family member. In some cases, the insurance company will take advantage of that fact. They could trick you into accepting a low settlement or saying something that will jeopardize your case.
Our team will manage all communication with the insurer to protect your right to compensation. We will also negotiate with the insurer for a fair settlement.
Prepare Your Case for Trial
The insurer may refuse to offer you a fair settlement. In this case, we are not afraid to represent your case at trial. We will manage all stages of your trial and stand by you throughout the entirety.
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You Have a Limited Time to File a Lawsuit for Your Newton County Drunk Driving Accident
Generally, you only have two years from the time of the accident in which to file your lawsuit (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33). However, there may be exceptions to this rule, such as:
- If you were a minor at the time of the accident
- You have only just discovered an injury caused by the accident
There are also circumstances that can shorten the period you have to act. For example, you may only have six months in which to file a claim (O.C.G.A. § 36-33-5) if the drunk driver:
- Was a government employee
- In a government vehicle at the time of the accident
Your lawyer can give you a better idea of how the statute of limitations will impact your case after your initial consultation.
Get Help from Our Covington Injury Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, our personal injury lawyers could help. A Covington lawyer from Kaine Law can help you pursue compensation for your DUI car accident-related losses and injuries.
Time is limited, so call now to get started. Call Kaine Law today at (404) 214-2001 to receive your free case evaluation and to learn more about how our Covington lawyer can help you.