Any Louisville car accident can have devastating consequences for those involved, but an extra element of injustice is added when the accident was caused by someone who was intoxicated. When an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car, they make a decision that endangers not only their own life, but the lives of everyone else who is sharing the road. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by the negligent actions of a drunk driver, then you have the legal right to seek full compensation for all damages.
Expenses after an Accident
A car accident generates immediate expenses, such as covering the costs of medical bills and the costs of repairing a vehicle. But what few people realize is that the immediate costs represent only a fraction of what may be to come. Some injuries requiring treatment may only become apparent days or even weeks after the accident, necessitating physical therapy and other types of medical intervention for an extended period of time. This might also mean time taken off work, resulting in lost income that can seriously strain your wallet.
If you’ve suffered major or even catastrophic injuries in a DUI car accident, it is possible that your life will be irreversibly altered: you may have difficulty performing everyday tasks, experience chronic pain that makes it difficult to function, or suffer emotional effects of the accident. If so, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what simply covers your medical bills, including financial compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, and even for loss of quality of life.
It’s bad enough that you have to deal with the life-altering consequences of someone else’s bad choices, but in the case of a DUI, it’s more than just a simple accident. When someone behaves with such negligence or disregard for the wellbeing of others, the law may also allow for punitive damages to be awarded. Punitive damages are those that are above and beyond what would be required to compensate the victim for their losses and expenses; they are specifically intended to serve as a punishment and deter the defendant from repeating the action, in this case, driving while under the influence and endangering the lives of innocent people.
Find a Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we have what it takes to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our Louisville personal injury attorneys have been listed as Super Lawyers® six years running, are AV® rated (preeminent) by Martindale-Hubble for 15 years, and are members of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We also take a highly personalized approach to each and every case we take on, devoting our time and energy to understanding your unique situation and needs. When you work with our firm, you won’t be just another case; we will do everything possible to pursue the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about how we can help you in a DUI injury case, contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling (800) 937-8443.