An individual might consider filing a lawsuit against a drunk driver in Florida if their actions led to them suffering a severe or disabling injury. Because Florida is considered a no-fault state, motorists are generally required to file a claim with their insurer and/or that of the at-fault party in order to recover compensation for things like property damage, medical expenses, and other accident-related costs.
While the law does require drivers to file a claim with the insurance company in an effort to recover compensation for their injuries and losses, they may have the right to sue the drunk driver if1:
- Their injury causes them to suffer “significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function.”
- They suffer a “permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement.”
- They suffer severe or permanent scarring or disfigurement.
If an individual in Daytona Beach, FL would like to find out if they have a viable case against a drunk driver, they can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. to discuss this with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer.
Should an individual have the grounds to bring a lawsuit against a drunk driver, the attorneys at Pappas and Russell, P.A. would be happy to walk them through the lawsuit process and assist them with recovering the compensation they are due.
What damages can a drunk driving accident victim recover in Florida?
Lawsuits that are filed against drunk drivers are considered civil lawsuits. Generally, when a person files a civil lawsuit, they are seeking compensation to make up for the harm the at-fault party caused them. “Damages” is the legal term that is used in civil cases to refer to financial relief, and the amount an individual can recover after a drunk driving accident depends on a number of different things including:
- The impact the incident has had on their personal and professional life.
- The impact the accident has had on physical and cognitive abilities.
- How the accident has impacted their relationship or marriage.
- The types of injuries suffered, and the medical care needed to treat them.
Depending on this, an individual may be entitled to recover the following damages in a drunk driving accident case:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages
Anyone who has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Daytona Beach, FL can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. at 386-254-2941 to find out if they have a case and what it is worth. The Florida drunk driving accident lawyers at Pappas and Russell, P.A. understand the dramatic effects an alcohol-related crash can have on a person’s life and are here to help them understand their rights as well as what can be done to help them get their life back on track.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118