A drunk driving accident can leave you with injuries that fundamentally change the course of your life. Your injuries may require medical treatment and leave you temporarily or permanently unable to work or engage in the activities that you used to enjoy.
When you are in this situation, one of our Orlando drunk driving accident lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help with your case. You can hold a drunk driver liable for the costs of your injuries in a civil claim. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and physical pain, among other types of damages.
Collecting Compensation Following a Drunk Driving Accident
Compensation for injuries from a drunk driving accident can cover different kinds of expenses and losses, also known as “damages.” There are generally two categories of damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages can include some or all of the following damages:
- Medical expenses, such as surgery costs, hospitalization expenses, costs of emergency medical treatment and transport, medical bills for ongoing treatment, expenses for medical assistive devices and modifications to home and vehicles, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income due to an inability to work, vocational rehabilitation, the costs of education and retraining, and loss of future earning capacity if you are permanently unable to work or return to your former job
- Property damage to your vehicle, such as repairs or replacement
Non-economic damages do not relate to a particular bill or expense. These are losses that are intangible but are no less significant for victims of drunk driving accidents. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The total amount of damages that you may receive in a drunk driving accident case will depend on the details of your accident. The severity of your injuries, the amount of your losses, and the permanency of your impairments all dictate the amount of damages that you may qualify to seek in a personal injury case.
What Our Team Does for Auto Accident Victims
A drunk driving accident has criminal implications for the at-fault drunk driver but may also have civil consequences that include a personal injury claim.
Personal injury cases can be challenging to coordinate alone, especially if you are still recovering from injuries. A drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to take over your Orlando case for you.
We can help you by:
- Figuring out who was at fault for your accident
- Building a case against them
- Evaluating your damages and collecting evidence of their value
- Communicating with all other parties for you
- Filing your insurance claim and lawsuit
- Negotiating for a settlement
- Taking your case to trial
Why Choose the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine?
At our team, we go the extra mile for our clients. When you work with us on your car accident case, you can expect the following:
- We’ll give you your lawyer’s phone number.
- You’ll get all your questions answered promptly.
- If you need help with auto repairs, we can assist you with scheduling.
- We can help you arrange medical appointments, too.
We work hard to make the process feel easy for you.
We Can Serve You from Our Orlando Office
We offer convenient service for victims of drunk driving accidents from our office in Orlando. We know the Central Florida area, and we can use our understanding of local laws and jurisdictions in order to seek the best possible results in your case.
We can tell you about what it’s like to work with our team, but we prefer to let you hear it from others. Our previous clients have noted:
- “I have nothing but good things to say about the Law [Offices] of Anidjar & Levine. This is a very professional, courteous and caring group which work hard for their clients. I am very happy with how they handled my car accident case and with the results.” – Sonia G.
- “What unbelievable professionalism. If you have to hire an attorney to represent you during a difficult time, there is no other choice than [the Law Offices of] Anidjar and Levine. Everyone I dealt with was great.” -Charles L.
Filing Deadlines for Personal Injury Cases
Injury victims have strict deadlines that they must follow for filing their personal injury lawsuits. These deadlines, or statutes of limitations, differ according to state law and the type of lawsuit involved. Under Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), most injury victims have a four-year statute of limitations on filing their personal injury lawsuits in Florida. There are a few exceptions that may shorten or extend this general filing deadline.
Accordingly, you may have only four years from the date that you suffered your injuries in the drunk driving accident to formally file your lawsuit. Although many personal injury cases settle before they ever go to court, you must ensure that you meet the statute of limitations under state law to retain your right to sue. If you do not meet this deadline, the judge may dismiss your case.
One of our drunk driving accident lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file your Orlando lawsuit on time.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Right to Compensation
After an accident with a drunk driver, you can take several steps to set a strong foundation for your case. Consider the following tips:
- Build your own evidence file: Collect a copy of the accident report to have for your records. You can get a copy online, according to the City of Orlando. If you collected any contact information from witnesses of the accident, hang onto this information to give to a lawyer from our team. You can also keep a pain journal to show how your injuries are affecting your life.
- Avoid talking about your injuries on social media: If you discuss your injuries online, an insurance company could use this information against you in a claim. Similarly, avoid making a recorded statement for an insurer if you are contacted for this purpose.
- Get a free case review: When you contact our team for a free consultation, we can give you a sense of what your legal options are in your case. We can also help you understand what your case could be worth.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics in Florida
Despite the many criminal and other penalties that exist under Florida law to punish drunk drivers, drunk driving accidents continue to occur. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that in 2019, more than 6,000 car accidents involved alcohol consumption by the driver. In Orange County, there were 318 alcohol-confirmed crashes in that same year.
Furthermore, this problem is not limited to the state of Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that nationwide, about 28 people die per day in drunk driving accidents.
Drunk driving is a violation of state criminal laws, which can lead to a finding of civil liability, as well. It is important to note that you can still pursue compensation in a civil claim against a drunk driver even if they are not convicted of criminal charges.
Call Us Today for a Free Case Review
Devastating injuries from a drunk driving accident can impact you for the rest of your life physically, emotionally, and financially. You should not have to be solely responsible for the cost of your injuries if another party’s negligence caused your accident. By filing a personal injury case against the drunk driver who injured you, you may be able to hold him or her responsible for the losses that they have caused.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at (407) 500-4000 today to learn more about your rights in a free case review with a member of our team.