Get Skilled Legal Guidance After An Accident Caused By A Drunk Driver
The aftermath of a car accident with a drunk driver can leave you bewildered and feeling like you do not know where to turn, especially when the medical bills are piling up.
At Clary | Suba | Neale, our dedicated lawyers have been helping car wreck victims in the Baton Rouge area recover their losses for decades. When you hire us, you get all 75 years of our combined legal experience in your corner – and we do not get paid unless we recover compensation on your behalf. You can focus on healing and trust us to handle the rest.
Do You Need To File A Personal Injury Claim After A Drunk Driving Wreck?
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) is illegal, so the driver who caused your accident may be facing significant criminal charges. But no matter what happens in their criminal case, that does not compensate you for your injuries and other losses. For that kind of justice, you need to pursue a civil claim.
Compensation Can You Receive
Louisiana law allows drunk driving victims to recover two types of compensatory damages, special and general.
Special damages are your out-of-pocket losses and are easily quantifiable, such as accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle and property damage and reasonably anticipated future expenses related to your injuries.
General damages are compensation for injuries where an exact dollar value is debatable. This can include your pain and suffering, loss of services and reduced quality of life.
The law also permits punitive damages in some cases. Punitive damages are not tied to your losses. Rather, they are designed to punish wrong-doers for their actions.
Call For Your Free Case Consultation With An Attorney
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations that controls how long you have to file a claim is just one year from the date of the crash, so you need to act quickly to secure strong legal representation.