DUI Punitive Damages
Victims of drunk driving accidents deserve full compensation without a doubt. What they may not know, however, is that the drunk driver who hit them could also be required to pay punitive damages. For personal injury claims, the damages recovered are used to pay for any medical treatment or property repairs. Punitive damages are meant as a financial punishment for the liable party’s negligence.
Understanding Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are only applicable for drunk drivers. Driving while drunk is known by all to be reckless and dangerous, not to mention illegal, and is therefore eligible for punitive damages. These damages are paid by the driver themselves. Any other type of accident is only eligible for regular compensation for injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, which is covered by the liable party’s insurance. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, do not hesitate to take immediate action and find out how you can file against them for personal injury, as well as punitive damages.
In order for the victim of a drunk driving accident to obtain compensation as well as punitive damages, two separate trials must occur. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Carey Leisure & Neal are experienced in both areas and are more than capable of helping you with your drunk driving accident case. Schedule your initial consultation today to speak directly with a member of our legal team.
Our Firm Can Help
Contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Carey Leisure & Neal immediately after a drunk driving accident. We are board-certified civil trial lawyers with the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We are also AV Preeminent® with Martindale-Hubbell® and have memberships with the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.® Your initial consultation is absolutely free, so call our firm today!