Drunk driving accidents can cost you your financial stability, health, and career. If you are considering seeking compensation for these and other damages, a Daytona Beach drunk driving accident lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can help.
Compensation may be awarded to accident victims who demonstrate both their need for the money and the liable party’s role in causing the accident. You can use your compensation to support your family if you cannot work and pay for necessary medical treatment, among other things. Our personal injury lawyers can navigate the entire legal process as you rest and recuperate.
Compensation for Drunk Driving Accident Victims in Daytona Beach
To file a lawsuit for damages after a drunk driving accident, you must meet several criteria. First, as stated in Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), accident victims must start all legal actions within you must make sure you are filing your lawsuit within the statute of limitations established by Florida. You have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver who hit you.
Next, to receive compensation, you must have suffered a compensable injury. Such injuries may be financial, physical, or psychological. For example, compensable financial injuries often include:
- Loss of wages, or the money you could not earn while you stayed home from work to recover from the accident
- Medical expenses, or the money you spent (or expect to spend) to treat your accident injuries
- Repair expenses, or the money you spent to repair or replace your car after it was damaged in the accident
- Loss of employment, or the fact that you are no longer able to retain a job in your chosen field because of the injuries
Compensable physical and psychological injuries often include:
- Pain and suffering, or the harm that the accident inflicted on your physical and emotional well-being
- Physical disability, or the loss of use of one or more parts of your body due to amputation, chronic pain, or temporary injury
- Intellectual disability, or the loss of mental ability due to a traumatic brain injury
- Loss of consortium, or the harm that the accident inflicted on your marriage
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, our wrongful death lawyers want to help your family. We understand that no amount of compensation can replace a family member, but you shouldn’t be left with financial strain in their absence.
A settlement or verdict can help your family cope, especially if your loved one provided income to the household. You also deserve to honor their memory properly, but few families are prepared to face funeral costs after losing someone so suddenly.
Our legal team can seek compensation for your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses, income, and other damages, such as:
- Their accident-related medical expenses
- Their pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium for the companionship they offered
To consult with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer serving Daytona Beach, call 855-780-9986
Drunk Driving Is a Serious Crime
Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is in and of itself a punishable offense. According to Florida Statutes § 316.193, anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more is guilty of driving drunk. Causing an accident while in such a condition is an additional offense. The driver may owe you damages for whatever injuries they caused.
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Our Firm Can Manage Your Drunk Driving Accident Case in Daytona Beach
Bogin, Munns & Munns can provide you with a Daytona Beach drunk driving accident lawyer who is, in the words of one satisfied client, “very professional, experienced, attentive, and knowledgeable of the case.” The team at our office can fight hard to protect your rights following an accident.
Here is what we do for our clients:
Determine the Case’s Viability and Worth
During the initial, free case review, a member of our team will tell you whether our firm can help you. If we can, we will calculate how much money you should seek from the insurance company.
Investigate the Cause of the Accident
To have a chance of receiving compensation, you need to have proof that the accident happened, that it has negatively affected your life, and that the liable party was responsible.
Act as a Go-Between
If the insurance company wants to speak with you, direct them to us. Speaking to them on your own could give them a chance to twist your words in such a way that they can legally deny you fair compensation.
Negotiate a Settlement
A lawyer from our firm can sit down with the insurer and their lawyers and push them to pay you a fair settlement. We can fight hard to ensure that they do not get away with shortchanging you.
Take Your Lawsuit to Trial
If the insurance company will not pay what a client deserves, we could represent the client in the courtroom instead. We can question witnesses, prepare trial exhibits for submission, and more.
Support You Throughout the Case
We will keep you up to date and take the time to answer whatever questions you may have. We encourage clients to call us at any time, day or night if they need help or reassurance.
No matter what you need from us or when you need it, Bogin, Munns & Munns can help.
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Proving You Deserve Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident
Unfortunately, no matter how compelling your story is or how badly you need compensation, the insurance company may not offer a settlement based on your testimony alone. To strengthen your case, our car accident lawyers can seek out evidence from a diverse array of sources, including:
- Photos and video footage: We can ask witnesses if they took any recordings of the crash, or we can look at footage from traffic or security cameras. If you took photos of the scene, we would be happy to look at them.
- Car accident reports: The officer who responded to the accident will have filed a report confirming who was involved and other important information.
- Medical records and reports: Your own medical history can prove that the accident caused your injuries and required you to seek various treatments.
- Witness statements: If anyone witnessed the crash or its aftermath, we can find those individuals and get statements from them that support your need for damages.
Such evidence may be critical to getting the compensation you need. However, it might not be available for very long. Certain types of evidence can lose their value over time due to:
- The limits of human memory: Witnesses may remember more details about the accident if we ask them about it relatively soon after it happened.
- Discarded video footage: Most people probably will not hang on to photos or videos forever.
- Discarded reports: Police departments may discard accident reports after a certain number of years.
For these reasons and the statute of limitations, you should start your case as soon as possible.
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Bogin, Munns & Munns would like to help you fight for compensation after a drunk driving accident in Daytona Beach. To find out more about what a lawyer from our firm can do for you, call us. We offer free case reviews to anyone who wishes to file a personal injury lawsuit.