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New Orleans is a city known for our delicious cuisine, lively music, and rambunctious revelry, which often includes flowing spirits. However, when irresponsible and negligent people get behind the wheel after indulging in all the Crescent City has to offer, dangerous and sometimes deadly accidents can occur. The risks of drunk driving are extensively studied and widely known. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop some people from putting themselves and others at risk.
If you’re a visitor or resident of the Greater New Orleans area and have suffered injuries from a drunk driving accident, contact our personal injury law firm now. You have enough to worry about – let justice be our responsibility. We know how to navigate the complexities of drunk driving cases, deal with tricky insurance companies, and communicate with legal defense teams. When life has dealt you a rough hand, we want nothing more than to help you return to smooth sailing. Contact us 24/7 at 800-898-4877, or online by CLICKING HERE, to learn more about how we can help you seek justice after a drunk driving accident.
Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
The legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, includes a group of diligent, problem-solving attorneys, paralegals, and case management specialists who are committed to fighting for your rights. We seek to maximize clients’ compensation from drunk driving accidents. Stewart J. Guss and his team have a proven history of serving clients throughout the country and Louisiana, includingNew Orleans.
Our professional team’s commitment to excellent client service has led to MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in settlements and verdicts awarded to drunk driving accident victims and other injured clients. While we cannot guarantee a specific financial outcome for your drunk driving accident case, we are dedicated to aggressively pursuing the best results possible for your individual circumstances through the skilled negotiation and settlement of your claim. When those at fault don’t want to pay you the full value of your claim, we will fight for you in the courtroom!
Injuries From New Orleans Drunk Driving Accidents
When drunk driving accident victims sustain severe injuries, it isn’t only physical pain that they suffer. Victims and their families must also cope with the emotional trauma and overwhelming stress of an injury or loss, plus medical bills piling up from hospital stays, doctor visits, and related costs. In severe cases, injured victims are unable to work, causing further financial stress.
After being struck by a drunk driver, accident victims NEED AGGRESSIVE AND EXPERIENCED attorneys on their side. We are ready, willing, and able to take the at-fault driver to court for their reckless choice to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Severe crashes, often those which occur at higher speeds, can cause serious, catastrophic, and sometimes deadly injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries in a New Orleans drunk driving accident, you need a skilled car accident lawyer. You can depend on the legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, to help you recover compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Our lawyers work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve.
Examples of drunk driving accident injuries we see at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, include:
Broken Bones and Fractures
Fractured bones don’t always fall under the umbrella of serious injuries. However, when a traffic collision occurs at high speeds, drivers and their passengers potentially face multiple breaks and/or crushed bones. These types of fractures often require corrective surgery, sometimes using metal plates, pins, and screws for stability and reconstruction. As a result, accident victims face lifelong struggles and will be more prone to arthritis in these areas as they age. You’ve broken bones, but you don’t have to break the bank too – Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers are here to help.
Drunk driving accident victims can suffer mild to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) depending on the force of impact. A blunt force trauma to the head from an object can cause a TBI, but at high speeds, an accident victim can suffer a TBI from the jolt of the crash alone Young children are especially vulnerable to TBIs and might suffer permanent developmental damage to their brain in the event of an accident. Individuals who suffer permanent brain damage from a TBI may face life-altering challenges with their memories, motor skills, and cognitive skills.
Soft tissue neck injuries are among the most common car accident injuries. When a collision occurs, a person’s neck whips back and forth and causes damage to the delicate soft tissue. Minor cases can heal quickly without much intervention, but severe cases might cause accident victims to deal with chronic neck and shoulder pain, posture problems, and residual headaches. Other neck injuries a victim might experience in a drunk driving accident include fractured neck vertebrae and bulged discs.
When a car accident occurs, the human body contorts into a variety of positions depending on the force of impact and how the vehicles collide. These unnatural twists and turns can result in painful back injuries for drivers and passengers. Injuries might include cracked vertebrae, bulged discs, and slipped discs. Drunk driving accident victims who suffer back injuries often face chronic discomfort and pain, and might even need corrective surgery. Even still, surgery doesn’t always help, and victims can be left dealing with a lifetime of pain.
The drunk driving accident lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, understand the costs associated with lifelong pain management, and we will fight to help you secure compensation for the full cost of your injuries so you can get the quality care you need after a back injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
All severe accident injuries can be costly and catastrophic, but spinal cord injuries are among the worst. Some minor spinal cord damage can heal, and victims can make a full recovery, but in some cases severe spinal cord injuries cause permanent damage resulting in full or partial paralysis.
The loss experienced by an accident victim who suffers a spinal cord injury depends on the exact location of the injury. The spinal cord carries messages to and from the brain throughout the body’s central nervous system. When an injury occurs high on the spinal column, closer to the brain, victims suffer the most loss. When spinal cord injuries occur near the neck, accident victims might experience tetraplegia, meaning total paralysis from the neck down.
In serious drunk driving accidents, especially those that occur at high speeds, drivers and passengers might have their legs or arms pinned or crushed in a vehicle during the impact of the collision. This can result in lost limbs. Amputation can be catastrophic and traumatic, and many victims must then deal with the frustrating struggle of learning how to use a prosthetic device.
Amputees often have stump pain, and some suffer from phantom limb pain. Coping with the permanent loss of a limb can require home accessibility modifications, changes to a person’s daily routines, in-home aides, and many other inconvenient and traumatic changes. Our legal team understands the physical, emotional, and financial pain that accompanies amputation, and we are here to help you hold the drunk driver who caused you harm accountable.
Third-Party Liability in Louisiana Drunk Driving Accidents
If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, you might be wondering if you can attempt to hold the establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver liable for damages. Many states have laws that permit this practice, called dram shop laws, which open up bars, restaurants, and social hosts to liability if they serve alcohol to someone and that person causes an accident.
However, Louisiana is not one of those states. If a drunk driver strikes you in your car, on your bike, or while walking, they are liable. In fact, Louisiana law goes as far as to protect establishments and social hosts.
Under Louisiana law:
- Consuming alcoholic beverages is the proximate cause of injury and property damage, not serving beverages to another.
- No business or its employees who sell or serve alcohol can be liable for injury, death, or property damage caused by an intoxicated person.
- No social host who serves or supplies alcohol to guests can be liable for injury, death, or property damage caused by an intoxicated person.
However, three situations exist in which a Louisiana court might hold a third party partially liable for a drunk driving accident. These third parties include:
- Businesses, employees, servers, and social hosts who serve alcohol to a minor
- A person who forces another to consume alcoholic beverages
- A business, employee, or another party that falsely represents that a beverage has no alcohol content
Regardless of the specifics, drunk drivers need to take responsibility. We are here to ensure that happens.
Recovering Damages After a New Orleans Drunk Driving Accident
When you have been injured as a result of a careless and reckless drunk driver, Louisiana law permits you to sue for damages to recover losses related to your injury. With a skilled legal team on your side, you can expect to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses, including ambulance and emergency services, emergency room visit, surgery, hospitalization, diagnostic imaging, doctor visits, follow-up care, and prescriptions
- Future medical expenses when a drunk driving accident victim sustains severe injuries that require a lengthy recovery or ongoing care because of permanent damage
- Rehabilitation costs for visits to specialists who can help accident victims recover lost functions and cope with disabilities, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists
- Costs of assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, and prosthetic devices
- Lost wages from missing work as a result of injury, hospitalization, treatment, and recovery
- Lost future wages when a drunk driving accident leads to a catastrophic injury preventing an accident victim from returning to work or finding any type of employment
- Damages to your vehicle
- Rental vehicle costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
- Other non-economic damages that might apply to a specific case
If you lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, you might also be eligible to recover some of the aforementioned damages. Louisiana law entitles eligible family members to bring a lawsuit against an at-fault drunk driver. Eligibility to file a wrongful death suit depends on the relationship with the deceased. Other recoverable damages include funeral costs and burial or cremation expenses, as well as non-economic losses specific to the relationship between the deceased and the survivors.
Our New Orleans drunk driving accident law firm can answer any questions you have about a wrongful death suit and advise you on the best legal strategy for you and your family.
Get the Legal Help You Need From the Team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers!
The qualified legal minds at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, are nationally recognized for their dedication to professional excellence and client service for 20 years. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a New Orleans drunk driving accident due to someone else’s poor judgment behind the wheel, you deserve compensation for damages related to your injuries.
We are here to advocate for you, seek justice, and help you through the entire lawsuit process. Contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. We understand the financial stress that comes with a severe accident injury, so we take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means YOU DON’T OWE A PENNY unless we secure compensation for you. You can call us 24/7 at 800-898-4877 or CLICK HERE to contact us online for a FREE consultation.
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