After an accident, your biggest concern is how you receive the best medical treatment for your injuries.
Paul’s background in medicine is extensive.
Paul’s connections to physicians at every level of medical care is extensive as well.
Most people don’t have health insurance.
Without health insurance, many doctors will refuse to treat you.
Paul can recommend physicians close to your home or work that will treat you for your accident-caused injuries.
If your medical needs require an immediate specialist, Paul can also recommend physicians in various specialties.
Your vehicle is very important to you. It helps you get to work.
It picks your kids up from school. Your vehicle is a necessity.
After an accident, your vehicle needs to be fixed as quickly as possible — or you need to receive payment as quickly as possible if your vehicle is a total loss.
Paul provides assistance in this area to ensure a quick and timely resolution to get you back on the road.
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Being involved in an auto accident is always stressful and can lead to costly injuries and even death. When the person who hit you or a loved one is a drunk driver, this can feel like even more of a violation. There are special considerations for filing a claim and collecting damages when a drunk driver is involved which a personal injury lawyer can assist with.
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, meaning one or more parties involved has been convicted of having been legally impaired by drugs or alcohol when involved in the accident.
As a party who was injured by someone who has a DUI, you are more likely to be viewed sympathetically as the victim of a drunk driver who has caused you harm through their careless actions. Drunk drivers are often viewed harshly by both judges and juries. In this type of personal injury case, you are usually in a much stronger position from a legal perspective if the other party has been convicted of a DUI since this means additional punitive damages may be sought due to their acting in an extremely negligent manner. The DUI can effectively establish the extreme negligence.
If there is a DUI involved, the insurance company may be especially keen to avoid a trial and may even offer what seems like a reasonable settlement early on. Accepting this offer will almost certainly require you to sign something releasing them from any further liability, which is a tactic to avoid the high punitive damages that could be awarded by a court. You should be very wary of any offer the insurance company is eager for you to take when their insured has a DUI, as you could potentially collect substantially more.
Settlements can be negotiated with insurance companies at any stage of the process, though building a strong case is often necessary before they make a good offer when the prospect of large punitive damages being awarded at trial is looming.
The average drunk driver settlement is hard to predict due to the possibility of receiving both compensatory and punitive damages, which vary greatly.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you may be in a powerful position to collect substantial damages with the aid of an auto accident attorney. Contact the Powell Law Firm today for help with your drunk driver accident claim.
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