When someone gets into an accident in Virginia where a drunk driver is at fault, it may be in their best interest to talk to a drunk driving accident law firm Virginia community members recommend. A personal injury law firm that is experienced in successfully defending the rights of people who have been injured by drunk drivers may be able to help an injured person get compensation for expenses related to their injury, and for property that was damaged in the accident. If someone dies because of an accident involving a drunk driver, their remaining family members may be entitled to compensation for their loss and on the decedent’s behalf.
Drunk Driving and Personal Injury Claims
Drunk driving and personal injury claim laws differ from state to state. This is one reason why it is a good idea to enlist the help of a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state where the accident occurred.
In most states, drunk driving or driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a criminal offense. While specific penalties differ from state to state, when someone is convicted of driving while drunk, he or she is often subjected to fines, drivers license suspension, jail time, and probation, to name some of the consequences for driving drunk. Even though someone who injured you or someone you love may have a criminal case pending (or in progress or completed) against them, an injured person and/or their family can still file a civil claim against the drunk driver.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Virginia or one of the surrounding states, it may be beneficial to enlist the help of a drunk driving accident law firm Virginia drunk driving accident victims and their families can rely on.
Compensation for Personal Injury Claims
When someone is injured or when someone dies as the result of someone else’s negligent, reckless or malicious behavior, the injured person or a decedent’s remaining family members may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury claim in the civil courts. Drunk driving accident claims often fall under the umbrella of personal injury claims. Reasons people seek compensation for drunk driving, personal injury claims include but are not limited to:
- Emergency services
- Medical bills
- Hospital stays and services
- Prescription and over the counter medication costs
- Loss of income
- Loss of child care
- Loss of household management and upkeep
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of ability
- Loss of quality of life
- Future medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Burial or cremation costs
- Loss of consortium (spousal support)
- Loss of parental guidance
Many people do not know what their rights are after they have been injured by a drunk driver. Many people who are injured or who are grieving over the unexpected loss of a loved one, do not have the energy or resources to learn about their rights and to fight for them on their own. An experienced attorney can help to ensure that your rights are upheld and that you and your family get the compensation you are entitled to.
The law firm of Cohen & Cohen has been successfully defending the rights of injured people for over 30 years. We understand how stressful an accident with a drunk driver can make a person and their family’s lives’. We do not think that people should have to go through the difficult times on their own. We are available to discuss your situation with you at no charge to you, and to give you a free case evaluation.