Roughly 18% of fatal auto accidents in the state occurred because of drunk drivers in 2016, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, you should know that you may be entitled to compensation.
An Ocean Springs driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office can help you file a claim and pursue compensation. Call our office at (228) 357-9621 to get started with a free consultation today.
You Can File a Civil Claim after a Drunk Driving Accident
A personal injury claim is a legal action that allows an injured person to pursue compensation for their damages. Damages are the costs—both financial and non-financial—that an injured person suffers because of their injuries. Civil claims often accompany criminal charges, but this is not a requirement.
A wrongful death claim is a civil claim that is brought on a deceased person’s behalf. In Mississippi, a close relative or a personal representative of the decedent’s estate may bring a wrongful death claim. An Ocean Springs driving while intoxicated accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office can help you understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to filing a civil claim after a drunk driving accident.
Call us at (228) 357-9621 for a free consultation to learn more.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving While Intoxicated Car Accident lawyer serving Ocean Springs, call 800-537-8185
Types of Damages You Can Demand in an Ocean Springs Injury Claim
You may be able to recover compensation for your past, present, and future damages. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to after suffering injuries in a drunk driving accident depends on many different factors, including the extent of your injuries and how long it will take you to recover.
Drunk drivers are often unaware of their actions behind the wheel. Some drive the wrong way on the highway, colliding with stopped vehicles, or causing T-bone accidents. These types of accidents usually lead to severe vehicle damage. Through an injury claim, you may be reimbursed for vehicle repair or replacement costs.
Another source of financial stress in your life following a drunk driving accident may be medical bills. The costs of treating serious injuries sustained in a car accident can be overwhelming. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future costs incurred for:
- Prescription medication
- Emergency room treatment
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Other medical care
If your injuries were considerable, you probably needed to take off work after your accident. Through a personal injury claim, you may receive compensation for lost wages from missed work. Compensation for past and future missed work may be available.
Impairment to Your Future Earning Capacity
Sometimes, car accident injuries are so severe that the injured person never fully recovers. If your injuries have permanently reduced your ability to earn a living, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm to your future earning capacity.
You may be compensated for your non-financial losses from the accident. Compensation for physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and other non-financial harm may be recoverable.
A Lawyer Can Help You File Your Claim
If you or your loved one were involved in a drunk driving accident, the Morris Bart law office might be able to help you during your case. When you become our client, we can ensure that you are fully informed of your rights and know what options you have available to you. Our team will investigate your case and identify who is liable for your damages.
We can handle all of the negotiations and discussions with the other parties, including communications with the at-fault party’s insurance company. An attorney from our firm can also help you gather evidence that will make your case stronger, such as video footage of the accident, police reports, medical records, and more.
If a satisfactory settlement is not possible, we are equipped to take your case to court and advocate on your behalf during the trial.
Call for a Free Consultation
For legal guidance and support after a drunk driving accident, consider an Ocean Springs driving while intoxicated accident lawyer at the Morris Bart law firm. Call us at (228) 357-9621 and take advantage of your free, confidential case assessment today.
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