If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident involving a drunk driver in Florida, you can seek compensation. However, the person seeking compensation must prove fault for the crash, and the legal process is often complex.
Our Delray Beach drunk driving accident lawyers with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand the devastating physical and psychological injuries suffered by victims of people who choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Our personal injury lawyers fight for our clients by pursuing the financial recovery they deserve.
Your Legal Options If A Drunk Driver Hits You In Florida
You should be appropriately compensated if a drunk driver injures you as another motorist, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian. Initially, you could claim using your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy; however, PIP only covers you for a percentage of your lost wages and medical bills up to policy limits.
You can also file a third-party liability claim or lawsuit if your injuries meet the specific legal threshold described in Florida Statutes § 627.737.
Further, suppose the accident caused the tragic death of a loved one. In that case, surviving family members could follow a similar process by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the negligent party financially accountable for their actions. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in tandem with criminal proceedings or as a stand-alone civil action.
Compensation Available To Victims Of Drunk Drivers In Delray Beach
As we mentioned earlier, the compensation you could recover depends on the severity of your injuries. Our drunk driving injury lawyers can review your situation during a free consultation and help you to determine your legal options. If we can help, our team will help you to pursue compensation for current and ongoing financial damages related to the following:
- Medical bills
- Treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries affect your employment
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement and disability
- Lost or damaged property
Additionally, we help surviving families pursue financial damages for losses related to funeral and burial costs, medical bills, loss of companionship, guidance, and financial support in fatal auto accidents involving drunk drivers.
How Our Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys Can Help You Build A Case
When you work with us, we provide everything you need for your claim. We do all the legal heavy lifting so that you can focus on your recovery and being with your family at this difficult time. However, we always check in with you with regular case updates and are easy to reach if you have questions. We support you through every stage of the legal process by:
- Investigating the cause of the accident
- Identifying liable parties
- Gathering evidence to build a robust case
- Assessing the full financial extent of your injuries and other economic damages
- Negotiating for an appropriate settlement with the at-fault party or their insurer
- Representing you in court, where required
Additionally, we provide our legal services on a contingency payment agreement. This means you only pay us if we recover a settlement or verdict for you, so there is nothing to pay up-front, and we work hard to win your case.
What To Do If An Impaired Driver Injures You In An Auto Accident
If a drunk driver injures you or a loved one, you will likely have a compensation claim; however, knowing what to do at the scene benefits your claim. As such, the following steps can be helpful:
- First, seek medical attention if you or anyone else is injured.
- Contact the police to report the collision.
- Request that the police conduct a BAC test if they have not already done so.
- Take photographs or videos of your injuries and the accident scene if you can.
- Note the driver’s name, address, and license information.
- Collect the contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
- Write down the date, time, and location of the accident.
- Keep proof of your expenses, such as medical bills and prescription or treatment charges.
- Finally, consider discussing your legal options during a free consultation with our team.
Remember that time limits apply when filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Florida. For example, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), injured people generally have four years to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver. Similarly, surviving families who lost a loved one in an accident caused by an impaired driver generally have two years to file a wrongful death action under Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
While this may seem like a long time, acting sooner rather than later is beneficial. This allows your lawyer enough time to build a robust case and to gather and preserve evidence before it is lost, forgotten, or destroyed.
Seek Medical Attention After A Drunk Driving Accident
Nothing comes before your health, and your Delray Beach drunk driving accident attorneys can also use your medical records to build your case. This is why it is so important to see a doctor and begin treatment as soon as possible after your accident.
You deserve to reach your maximum medical recovery and the best chance at recovering fair compensation from a liable party.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation For Your Delray Beach Drunk Driving Accident Case
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we have many years of experience working with victims of drunk drivers. We understand how frustrating it is to be injured through no fault of your own and how devastating it is for families of those who have been tragically lost due to the actions of an impaired driver.
Call for a free consultation with our team to learn how we can help you today.
We Can Help.