Lake Charles Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered harm in a Lake Charles drunk driving accident, you need an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Shamieh Law can help. With more than a decade of experience, we have helped numerous drunk driving accident victims recover millions of dollars in compensation. Let our attorneys fight for you while you focus on recovery.
Being injured by a drunk driver is, unfortunately, an all-too-common occurrence in the Lake Charles region. Far too often, drunk drivers’ recklessness puts innocent people at risk. When someone’s reckless disregard for safety causes catastrophic injuries or wrongful death, the victims and families deserve justice.
The injury lawyers at Shamieh Law represent those harmed by Lake Charles drunk drivers. We help victims recover damages in personal injury and wrongful death claims related to drunk driving accidents. With more than 10 years of experience obtaining substantial financial recoveries that exceed $1 million, we have the skills to take on even the most complex and catastrophic drunk driving injury cases.
If you or a loved one suffered harm in a Lake Charles drunk driving accident, the accomplished Shamieh Law’s Lake Charles personal injury lawyers are here to help. We offer free case evaluations to determine how to seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get started.
Can You Sue After Being in a Drunk Driving Accident?
Under Louisiana state law, victims have the right to seek financial compensation for their economic and non-economic damages by filing civil lawsuits against any at-fault parties after a drunk driving accident. Beyond just standard personal injury claims covering victims’ damages, families can also pursue wrongful death lawsuits if their loved one was tragically killed in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver.
Depending on the circumstances, the district attorney may decide to file criminal DUI charges against a drunk driver for an accident. In rare occurrences, victims also can potentially recover punitive damages because drunk driving cases may involve gross negligence and reckless endangerment of human life. Punitive damages may be available to punish certain drunk drivers and deter future misconduct.
The car accident attorneys at Shamieh Law will evaluate your accident details to build the strongest legal claim. We have the experience necessary to obtain justice for anyone who has been injured by a drunk driver. Whether you were in a collision with a truck or a car, the experienced, award-winning attorneys at Shamieh Law have you covered. Throughout our careers, we have recovered more than $5 million for accident victims, including a $1 million settlement for a client who suffered severe injuries after a drunk driver caused a single-car collision. Let us review your case’s merits free of charge.
Common Injuries for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Because impaired drivers often travel at extremely reckless speeds, a drunk driving accident often causes high-impact crashes that cause catastrophic injuries, including some of the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries: These injuries occur when a violent blow or jolt to the head disrupts normal brain function. They range in severity, but even mild cases can cause disability. More severe TBIs can cause a coma, amnesia, cognitive skill impairment, and even death. TBIs often require extensive inpatient rehabilitation along with potentially lifelong medications and therapies.
- Spinal cord trauma, including paraplegia and quadriplegia: The uncontrolled motions of a drunk driving collision can crush, tear, or severely damage the spine. This trauma can paralyze victims, resulting in partial or total loss of limb function and mobility. Paraplegia affects the lower body, while quadriplegia impacts all four limbs. Both conditions typically demand significant home/vehicle accessibility modifications and long-term rehabilitative care.
- Disabling fractures requiring surgery: Drunk driving crashes frequently break victims’ bones in multiple places, often requiring complex surgical repairs with plates, screws, and pins. These compound fractures carry high risks for severe complications, including bone infections, blood clots, nerve damage, and premature arthritis. After initial hospitalization, victims typically need extensive physical therapy to relearn how to use the affected limb.
- Internal organ damage: Getting slammed around in a drunk driving wreck can detach, rupture, or lacerate organs. Livers, kidneys, and spleens tend to be the most vulnerable. Damage ranges from minor contusions to catastrophic tearing, sometimes demanding full or partial organ removal. Surgeries, medications, dialysis, and transfusions are common for stabilization.
- Severe burns: Explosive fires or friction with pavement or vehicle components can cause drunk driving victims disfiguring second- and third-degree burns over large portions of their bodies. Debriding, grafting, dressing changes, and other burn treatments can also be painful. Significant scarring and contractures requiring ongoing medical care are common long-term effects.
- Amputated limbs: Crush injuries from drunk driving wrecks frequently destroy skin, muscle, nerves, and bone beyond repair. Though advances in microsurgery can sometimes salvage severely damaged extremities, emergency first responders still must occasionally amputate mangled appendages to save lives. Prosthetics, more surgeries, and rehabilitation help amputees adapt.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: Surviving the trauma of a drunk driving collision can emotionally scar victims for life, causing flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about their crash. Psychotherapy helps victims cope, but PTSD is chronic, potentially worsening over time without lifestyle modifications.
These severe injuries carry potentially lifelong complications, demanding extensive emergency, surgical, and post-acute medical treatment. Our attorneys help clients recover financial damages to cover all accident-related costs.
Be sure to document all expenses associated with any injuries incurred during a drunk driving accident. Your damage award may include compensation for medical bills, lost income, decreased earning capacity, physical and vocational therapy, accessibility vehicle/home modifications, and pain and suffering, among other drunk driving accident-related costs.
Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible for Your Injuries?
In most drunk driving accident cases, the liable at-fault party is the drunk driver. Louisiana law considers drivers with blood alcohol content, or BAC, of just .08 percent or higher intoxicated and criminally negligent. This limit means anyone operating a vehicle with a .08 percent BAC automatically commits a drunk driving offense, regardless of obvious signs of impairment.
Besides excessive alcohol consumption, Louisiana law also forbids driving under the influence of any controlled or dangerous substances, including illicit or prescription drugs. Drivers impaired by marijuana, opioids, sedatives, stimulants, or other substances may face drunk driving charges. Proving negligence through intoxication levels and sobriety testing can be complex, so having an experienced attorney in your corner is critical.
Liability can extend beyond drunk drivers, depending on unique circumstances. Louisiana’s dramshop laws state that bars, restaurants, or social hosts that serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals share fault if those impaired later cause drunk driving crashes. However, collecting damages under dramshop is complex, and such cases are difficult to prove.
Establishing negligence requires comprehensive investigation and litigation savvy. The drunk driving accident attorneys at Shamieh Law have the resources and experience to build strong injury claims proving liability—whether against individual drunk drivers, dramshops, or other parties. Our thorough approach has helped us recover multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for past victims of drunk driving crashes throughout Louisiana.
How Much Is a Drunk Driving Lawsuit Worth in Lake Charles?
There is no average or typical settlement value for drunk driving accident claims because each victim’s experience and injuries are unique. Compensation depends on accident circumstances, injury severity, and the liable parties’ insurance coverage and personal assets.
Although every case is different, below are a few examples of noteworthy financial recoveries our drunk driving accident lawyers have won for drunk driving accident clients:
- $1 million verdict for a client who suffered a broken femur, disc herniations, and a traumatic brain injury when a drunk driver caused a devastating single-vehicle collision.
- $450,000 settlement for a husband, wife, and infant child injured in a three-vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver. The wife sustained lumbar injuries, possibly requiring spinal fusion surgery.
- $325,000 settlement for a passenger severely injured when a drunk driver pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler truck.
- $300,000 settlement for a victim of a rear-end drunk driving accident who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries requiring multiple lumbar injections.
While each drunk driving accident victim faces a unique situation, our skilled attorneys have the experience and resources to win compensation in even the most complex cases. We encourage injured victims and grieving families to contact us for candid guidance on what their case could be worth.
How Long Do You Have To Sue a Negligent Drunk Driver in Lake Charles?
Under Louisiana’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims, car accident victims typically have one year from the crash date to take legal action. In wrongful death cases, families usually have one year from their loved one’s date of death.
Given the very limited and strict filing deadlines, it’s best to contact an experienced personal injury attorney promptly after a drunk driving accident. The skilled DUI injury lawyers at Shamieh Law will immediately start gathering evidence and building your claim to beat the clock on the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your case before the deadline expires, your case likely will be dismissed, and you’ll lose your right to seek compensation.
Contact Shamieh Law's Lake Charles Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love suffered harm after being hit by a drunk driver in Lake Charles, Shamieh Law can help. Schedule a free case review by calling (337) 477-7222 or by submitting a form online to discuss your legal options with our compassionate team.
Located conveniently in downtown Lake Charles near the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, our attorneys champion our clients’ interests to help them recover damages. We have helped drunk driving accident victims for more than a decade. As evidenced by the millions of dollars we have secured for our clients, you can trust us to fight for compensation on your behalf.
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