If you were seriously injured by a drunk driver, you’re probably feeling some combination of stress, depression, and anger. Accidents of this nature can result in devastating pain, emotional trauma, and financial turmoil—all because someone made the reckless and selfish decision to drive under the influence.
Rebecca Blair is a drunk driving accident attorney in Brentwood who can help you bring a claim against the liable person. You may be entitled not only to compensatory damages, such as medical bills and lost income, but also to punitive damages. Rebecca can help you fight for the highest possible settlement or verdict. For a consultation, call (615) 953-1122.How Much Is My DUI Accident Claim Worth?
It will not be possible to approximate a fair settlement figure until our legal team has performed a thorough investigation. That said, you might find it helpful to know the factors that could influence the potential value of your claim. They include:
- The cost of your healthcare expenses;
- The value of other economic damages such as lost income, property repairs, and alternative transportation;
- The extent of your non-economic damages such as pain and suffering;
- Whether you contributed to the accident;
- The liable party’s insurance coverage;
- Whether punitive damages are warranted; and
- Whether you make any mistakes that lead to a dispute.
Punitive damages may be awarded in Tennessee if the defendant’s conduct was intentional, fraudulent, malicious, or reckless. Drunk driving often constitutes “reckless” conduct because a person of ordinary prudence would know that operating a vehicle while under the influence creates a "substantial and unjustifiable risk" of causing injury or death to other people.What Can I Do to Strengthen My Claim?
The most important step you can take after any accident is to seek medical care right away. Not only will this allow for a timely diagnosis and treatment, but it will also ensure official documentation exists of your injuries. Also, if you fail to visit a doctor within a reasonable timeframe, the other side might argue that you have not mitigated your damages or that the injuries were caused by something else.
After your first medical appointment, call The Blair Law Firm to schedule a consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer. We will want to start the investigation while time-sensitive evidence is still available.
After setting up your case evaluation, you can take the following steps to strengthen your case:
- Follow all of your doctor’s orders,
- Keep any receipts and other documentation of damages, and
- Direct any phone calls and emails from the insurance company to your DUI accident attorney.
Rebecca Blair is a drunk driving accident lawyer in Brentwood who is passionate about helping her clients fight for the compensation they deserve. Rebecca is well-versed in the statutes and case law pertaining to these claims, and she can evaluate your situation in a consultation. Call (615) 953-1122 or send a message HERE to get started.