Palm City Drunk Driving Accident
Getting into a drunk driving accident is inherently traumatic. Most of these collisions come out of nowhere, which means there is virtually nothing victims can do to protect themselves or their loved ones.
Emotional distress is so common—and destructive—in the wake of drunk driving accidents that affected parties are often entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. This includes physical pain resulting from any injuries and mental suffering like depression, anxiety, anger, and fear. Factors that can influence the total amount of compensation awarded for pain and suffering damages include:
- The severity and type of injuries sustained;
- The intensity of treatment and rehabilitation the claimant must undergo;
- The total duration of recovery;
- The impact of any scarring, disfigurement, lasting symptoms, or permanent disabilities on the claimant’s general wellbeing;
- The impact of the injuries on the claimant’s career prospects; and
- The impact of the injuries on the claimant’s personal relationships.
If you were hurt in a collision with an impaired motorist, the Palm City drunk driving accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston will help you calculate a fair settlement amount that includes compensation for all applicable damages. We are dedicated to getting injured parties the results they deserve. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our tenacious injury attorneys.How to Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages in Florida
Determining a fair amount of compensation for pain and suffering can be challenging because there is no tangible way to measure emotional distress; however, there are a few formulas that can help you arrive at a reasonable sum.
One of the most popular ways to calculate pain and suffering damages is by applying the multiplier method. This method multiplies the total economic damages, like medical bills and lost wages, by a factor that typically ranges from 1.5 to 5. The more severe the injuries, the higher the multiplier will be.
Another common approach is called the “per diem method.” To apply this method, the plaintiff picks a set dollar amount—usually at least as much as he or she would make completing one shift of work—and multiplies it by the number of days spent recovering.
Regardless of whether you use the multiplier method or the per diem approach, the liable party’s insurance company will not settle for any more than its policyholder’s coverage limits. Therefore, it is important that you explore all potential avenues for recovering compensation including filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist. A skilled attorney can assess your situation to determine the most strategic approach to take.What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?
Chances are you’ve already left the scene and, hopefully, you took photos of the wreckage, talked to eyewitnesses, and recorded the contact and insurance details of the at-fault driver. Your next step is to seek immediate medical attention.
As tempting as it may be to put off the medical evaluation, doing so could make it more difficult to recover the compensation you deserve. If you don’t get an official diagnosis right after the crash, the insurer may contend that your injuries were caused by something else, or that your decision to put off treatment has caused your injuries to worsen, thereby making you partially liable for your damages.
After you’ve received a diagnosis, be sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions. This is easier said than done if your physician advises you to rest and take off work for an extended period of time, but disobeying your healthcare provider could jeopardize your claim. The insurer might place you under surveillance or monitor your social media profiles to catch you participating in strenuous activities, which of course could lead to a dispute.
Immediately after you leave the doctor’s office, you should contact a Palm City drunk driving accident lawyer. If you try to handle correspondence with the insurance company on your own, you risk making a statement that can be used to challenge your claim. Also, the longer it takes for your lawyer to investigate your crash, the greater the chance that time-sensitive evidence will become unavailable.
During your initial consultation, your drunk driving accident attorney will explain the next steps you must take to protect your claim. One such step will be to disable your social media accounts and to inform your friends and family not to mention you online until your case has been resolved. This will prevent the insurance adjuster from using social media posts to dispute your claim.
Finally, you should take steps to help your attorney prove the value of your damages. Besides keeping any receipts and invoices for accident- and injury-related expenses, you should also keep a personal injury journal in which you document the psychological and emotional effects of your injuries, side effects of medication, and any other pertinent details regarding how the injuries are affecting your wellbeing.Should I Still Visit a Doctor Even If My Injuries Seem Minor?
Absolutely. Without official documentation linking your injuries to the accident, it will be difficult to prove causation. Also, failing to get a prompt diagnosis could open the door to a dispute since the insurer might argue your injuries would have been less serious if you had sought immediate medical care. Simply put, you should follow all the same steps whether your injury seems serious or minor: get an immediate diagnosis, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions, take all the necessary steps to mitigate your damages, and document your recovery in a personal injury journal. The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can handle all the other logistics of your case so you can focus on your health.Call 772-266-5555 to Discuss Your Case with a Palm City Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today!
If you or someone you love was hurt in a collision with an impaired motorist, turn to the compassionate personal injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston. Our consistently superior results demonstrate our commitment to excellence in every personal injury claim we resolve. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation.