If a drunk driver caused your car accident and you suffered injuries, you may qualify to recover compensation above and beyond your personal injury protection (PIP) policy. The state’s no-fault auto insurance laws require you to suffer severe, permanent injuries or meet another exception to the law before you can hold the at-fault driver liable.
The drunk driving accident lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you determine if you qualify to file a liability insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. We will review your case for free, and explain your options for compensation.
Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to talk to a member of our team about your case.
Damages Available After a Port St. Lucie Drunk Driving Accident
If you suffered severe injuries or the driver received a drunk driving conviction, you may be able to recover a wide range of damages based on the facts of your case. These damages may include:
If you qualify to file a liability claim, you may be able to collect compensation to cover almost any accident- or injury-related loss or expense you suffered. Most commonly, this may include:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Costs related to replacing or repairing other personal property
- Related out-of-pocket costs
Pain and Suffering Damages
In addition to economic damages that make up for your expenses and financial losses, you may be able to collect compensatory damages as well. The most common noneconomic damages are pain and suffering. You may also qualify for other emotional damages as well. As your legal team, we can offer advice and calculate the value of these damages for you.
Punitive damages are relatively rare, but they may be available in your drunk driving case. If we file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver, the judge in your case may choose to award these damages. Punitive damages are not typically compensatory. Instead, they punish the at-fault party for acting in a particularly reckless or malicious way.
Proving Negligence in a Port St. Lucie Drunk Driving Accident
To hold the drunk driver liable for your injuries, a personal injury attorney can help to show how they acted negligently. It is essential to thoroughly investigate the cases and work to understand what caused your accident.
You should also keep your eye on the drunk driver’s criminal case. Even if you did not suffer serious injuries, we might be able to hold them liable if the criminal courts convict them of a drunk driving offense. We can also use the evidence presented in their criminal case to bolster our claim for compensation.
Recovering Compensation in a Florida Drunk Driving Accident Case
As soon as possible after accepting your case, we will launch a full investigation into your accident. Our legal teams can build a strong case to support our fight for compensation. Some tasks our investigator is responsible for includes:
- Identifying, collecting, and analyzing any available evidence
- Reviewing witness statements and conducting further interviews
- Enlisting the help of experts to understand your accident and injuries
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists
- Reviewing files from the driver’s criminal case
- Collecting documentation of your full range of losses
Once we complete our investigation, we can use the case we built to support the fight for compensation on your behalf. We can also handle the claims process for you, including:
- Calculating the value of your losses and expenses
- Estimating a fair settlement value for your case
- Sending a demand letter that outlines your case and damages
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company, when possible
We can often reach a fair settlement agreement with the insurance company during settlement negotiations. If they deny our claim or refuse to pay out a fair settlement, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your accident. Litigating your case may give us the chance to recover a financial award when we could not through an insurance claim.
Statute of Limitations on Drunk Driving Lawsuits in Florida
Florida has a statute of limitations that expires four years after the date of a personal injury accident. You have four years to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your car accident and injuries. If you do not act by this deadline, the court will likely not allow you to take legal action.
It is crucial to act as soon as possible after your accident to protect all available evidence and start working on building a case. Also, being able to file a lawsuit if the insurance company refuses a fair settlement provides leverage during the negotiation process.
Talk to a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Port St. Lucie, FL
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our drunk driving accident lawyers offer free case reviews. We may be able to help you hold the drunk driver responsible and fight for the compensation you need to pay your bills and cover your losses. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for your complimentary consultation.