Drunk drivers cause more than 200 deaths annually on Virginia roadways, and are responsible for more nearly 5,000 injuries. In spite of the fact that we have strict drunk driving laws, drivers still violate the law.
When you or a loved one is involved in a drunk driving accident, you may not know what your rights are, or how to protect them. A Lynchburg, Virginia personal injury attorney can help make sure you understand how the law applies in your specific case.
You should not have to bear the financial repercussions resulting from being a victim of a drunk driver.
We may be able to help you recover money to repair your vehicle, pay your medical bills, compensate you for lost wages, and punish the person who injured you.
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Such a tragedy can strike at any moment. When it does, it may result in one of many difficult injuries.
Many call traumatic brain injuries the invisible injury. That is because, often, a mild traumatic brain injury only shows itself after spending some time with the injured person who is capable of carrying on a superficial conversation. Nevertheless, the injury is still severe and you should make sure to find an attorney who has handled these injuries in the past.
Significant wrecks usually result in broken bones. Broken bones are easily visible on X-Rays but they are not always easily healed. Bones could reform together improperly causing a nonunion or malunion. Sometimes broken bones require hardware to correct and, then, sometimes the hardware has to be removed. These issues are all at play in a personal injury case with a broken bone.
Paralysis or Spine Injuries
Spine injuries range on a spectrum. Some injuries result in paralysis including the loss of use of limbs. Other injuries result in pain, numbness, shooting sensations, extremity pain, etc. While some of these injuries can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or injections, others may be so serious as to require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon.
Muscle or Ligament Injuries
Not all injuries are broken bones or structural damages. Many times, car wrecks cause injuries to muscles or ligaments that affect the spine or the shoulder or other body parts. These muscle or ligament injuries can sometimes be worse than a broken bone because they can take much longer to heal. Some may never heal.
Permanent Scaring or Disfigurement
Permanent disfigurement resulting in the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb, or scarring injuries particularly to the face or other commonly visible places are troublesome injuries to live with. Those types of injuries could be cured by plastic surgery and, if so, you must consult with a specialist.
Losing a loved one to illness is hard; losing a loved one because of another’s actions or inaction is significantly more difficult. Families who have had a loved one murdered, die as a result of a drunk driving accident, or lose their lives in the workplace because of poor safety standards have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a claim for death benefits.
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering
What Damages May I Recover?
– Medical Expense
– Pain and Suffering
– Permanent Impairment or Disfigurement
– Lost Wages
– Lost Earning Capacity
– Property Damage (car repairs, total loss, or diminution of value)
– Punitive Damages (up to $350,000)
Do you have a personal injury case?
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia can help you recover financially after an accident. Since there is a two-year window for you to be able to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. When someone else is at fault in a roadway accident, you have rights under Virginia law and an attorney can help you preserve those rights.