If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may have the right to hold the negligent party responsible. Alcohol-related crashes are common in Louisiana. The team at Morris Bart, LLC is here to help. We offer free, no-risk consultation for car accident victims.
Our team also works on a contingency fee basis. That means we are only compensated for our services if we are successful with your case. We find it pushes us to work harder on our cases. This means you never have to pay out of pocket to retain our services. In other words, you have nothing to lose.
People who choose to drive impaired and put others’ lives in their hands should be held liable for all damages to which they cause or contribute. Our personal injury lawyers will work to hold a liable party accountable for your injuries.
Injuries that Can Occur in a Drunk Driving Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are a variety of injuries that can occur as a result of a drunk driving accident, including:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of hospitalizations that are related to traumatic brain injury. TBIs occur when someone experiences a blow to the head, either by hitting their head on something or being struck by an object.
Many people who suffer from internal bleeding do not know they are injured until blood finds its way outside the body. Unseen internal injuries can occur during car accidents. Depending on the severity of the injury, internal bleeding can be life-threatening. The danger of internal bleeding makes getting checked out after a doctor’s appointment that much more important.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can be life-altering for a victim and their family. When there is any damage to the spinal cord, the system that sends messages from the brain to other parts of the body gets disrupted. MedlinePlus reports that most injuries do not cut the spinal cord—dislodged vertebrae pressing on nerves cause most issues. Regardless of the type of injury you suffered in your car accident, Morris Bart, LLC can help.
See a Doctor After a DUI Accident
Nothing comes before your health, and a doctor can accurately assess and treat your injuries. After a DUI accident in Gretna, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Additionally, follow through with your prescribed treatment plan. As a result, you will maximize your medical recovery and protect your right to compensation.
Our Gretna DUI accident team can use your medical records to establish your losses, and another party’s negligence. Do the right thing and see a doctor.
For a free legal consultation with a DUI Accident lawyer serving Gretna, call 800-537-8185
Damages You May Recover after a Drunk Driving Accident
There are different types of damages victims may recover after drunk driving accidents. Though we cannot estimate your damages without first reviewing your case, some damages victims can recover in similar cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you are unable to return to work
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Property damage
If you lost a loved one in your accident, we are deeply sorry. Your family may be able to recover damages to cover your losses. We can fight for:
- Medical expenses that were left by your loved one
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
You may be eligible to pursue other forms of damages, as well.
How Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations May Impact Your DUI Accident Lawsuit
Many states allow years for victims to file a personal injury lawsuit after a drunk driving accident. However, La. Civ. Code Art. 3492 imposes a stricter timeline than most, with a statute of limitations of one year, generally. Therefore, you must file your lawsuit within one year of the drunk driving accident to be eligible for compensation or you will be barred from recovering compensation.
How Best to Prepare for Working With a Gretna Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Before you get started on the road toward collecting financial awards for your losses, it can help to know what you can do. Walking into your first conversation or meeting with a lawyer can be intimidating. But, if you are prepared, you can get to work as soon as you arrive. You may want to collect all medical records and receipts, the information you noted about the other driver, data relating to the accident, and any photos of your injuries or damage to your vehicle. If you bring this evidence with you, and any correspondence you have exchanged with your insurance company, you may be ready to take on the legal process.
How a Gretna Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
One of the primary things a Gretna drunk driving accident lawyer can do after your accident is to take the burden off your shoulders. This will give you time to focus on healing from your injuries and bonding with your family. You should not figure out how to pursue financial compensation to recover your losses while attempting to recover. We have worked on many cases like these before and know how to gather evidence, including collecting witness statements and locating any surveillance video of the accident.
We also have a network of expert witnesses we can work with, including medical professionals and accident scene reconstruction experts. We can also calculate the total value of your losses, including the cost of your pain and suffering. Calculating your damages can help us determine a fair settlement in your case.
This is beneficial when we negotiate with the insurance company or the defendant’s lawyer to pursue compensation to the fullest extent for your injuries. To take advantage of our free, no-risk consultation or have us get started right away, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
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