According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, more than 40% of car accidents in 2017 were alcohol-related, and per the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, these DUI accidents resulted in 760 fatalities, not to mention the lives forever altered because of the injuries.
If you suffered injuries or someone you love died in a DUI accident in New Orleans, New Orleans East, or anywhere in the Orleans Parish, you have the right to hold the negligent party responsible for their behavior.
The team at Morris Bart, LLC is here to help. We believe drunk drivers should be held responsible. We offer a free, no-risk consultation for victims in DUI cases. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means if we are not successful in your case, we do not get paid.
To get your legal questions answered and find out what options you have for recovering compensation after your DUI accident, contact a New Orleans DUI lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC at (504) 613-4771 today.
Types of Injuries After a DUI Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 people die every day across the United States in drunk driving accidents. That’s approximately one person every 50 minutes. Thousands of others experience injuries.
Some of the most common injuries from DUI accidents include:
While these injuries can range in severity, they are always painful, may require surgery, and have lengthy healing periods. In some cases, these injuries can result in other complications, such as infection when the bone penetrates the skin. This injury also can cause heavy bleeding at the site of the injury, which can be life-threatening if not immediately treated.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. They occur when someone experiences a sudden blow to the head that disrupts their normal brain function. They may experience only a brief period of unconsciousness or, in more severe cases, may experience extended periods of unconsciousness as well as memory loss, changes in sensation, or emotional or functional impairments related to their ability to think normally. While falls are the leading cause of TBIs, car accidents are the second leading cause, resulting in 20% of all TBI-related hospitalizations.
Internal bleeding occurs when a damaged blood vessel causes bleeding inside the body. While minor bleeds can occur and heal themselves naturally, severe internal bleeding, like that caused by the trauma from a car accident, is considered a leading cause of mortality globally, according to Medical News Today. Unfortunately, because people often do not recognize that they are bleeding, their injury may not become apparent until the injury becomes life-threatening. Severe hemorrhaging can lead to organ failure, coma, external bleeding, and death.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are often caused by trauma that occurs to the head, neck, back, chest, or face during a car accident. Victims may experience difficulty walking, a loss of bladder or bowel control, headaches, or immobility in the arms or legs. While some people can live long and full lives after this type of injury, the majority require assistive devices like wheelchairs. In severe cases, victims may become paralyzed below the site of the injury.
If you or someone you love has one of these injuries or other injuries as a result of a drunk driving accident in New Orleans, New Orleans East, or the Orleans Parish, you have the right to hold that person responsible for your losses. Call Morris Bart, LLC at 504-613-4771 today for a free, no-risk review of your case.
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Recoverable Damages for DUI Accident Injuries in New Orleans
Every case is different, so estimating the types of damages you may recover after an accident with a drunk driver is difficult. However, we have worked on many claims like these before, and the state of Louisiana takes these cases very seriously. Some types of damages victims can recover after DUI accidents are:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- And possibly more
If you lost your loved one because of a DUI accident, you may be entitled to:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of benefits and wages previously provided by the deceased
- Loss of support and protection
While they are extremely rare, in some cases, the court will award punitive damages. These damages punish the defendant for their egregious behavior rather than provide additional compensation for the victim and/or their family. The intent is to discourage the defendant and others from behaving in such a manner ever again.
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The Statute of Limitations Can Impact Your Claim
The state of Louisiana has a statute of limitations of one year. That means you must file your lawsuit within one year or the courts generally bar you from filing a lawsuit to recover damages.
Contact a New Orleans DUI Lawyer
A New Orleans DUI lawyer is here to help you hold the drunk driver in your accident responsible. We can help you by:
- Answering any questions you may have about your case and offering legal advice.
- Gathering bills and medical records and calculating the full value of your case.
- Gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, and surveillance video of the accident.
- Building a strong case to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries.
- Fighting for your rights in court if we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company.
With the help of a dedicated DUI lawyer in New Orleans, the drunk driver who caused your accident may face jail time, fines, license revocation, punitive damages, and other charges.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a drunk driver in New Orleans, New Orleans East, or the Orleans Parish, contact the team at Morris Bart, LLC at (504) 613-4771 today for a free, no-risk review of your case.
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