Boca Raton, FL – Because drunk driving is a serious danger on the roads of Florida and every other state, intoxicated motorists often cause accidents. The victim can contact their insurance company to file a claim after these accidents, and they can also get in touch with an attorney to see if a civil case is necessary. The driver may face criminal charges, but the accident victim’s process for compensation will proceed separately from the criminal case.
Amounts in most accident settlements
Data for car accident settlements shows that the average civil case that does not go to trial will result in approximately $10,000 to $30,000 being paid to the victim. However, these numbers are for victims with vehicle damage and minor or moderate injuries. When someone requires permanent medical treatment or can no longer work as normal, their losses can be several times this amount. A case that goes to trial offers a jury much more discretion to award a larger or smaller amount as they feel is appropriate based on the evidence. There are some accident lawsuits that result in a victim being awarded millions of dollars, however these victims also tend to have life changing and serious injuries.
The law of damages
All civil negligence cases are filed for the purpose of awarding the victim damages or compensation. Damages are the final element of a negligence lawsuit, and they are required to show that the victim suffered some kind of actual harm.
The plaintiff can add up their losses due to property damage, medical treatment, lost wages and income, as well as pain, suffering, and trauma which is considered non-economic damages. All of these amounts are contingent on what the plaintiff can prove through the use of evidence. This means that a well documented accident, with various medical records and statements of lost income are crucial to the victim’s compensation amount.
Punitive damages in Florida
It is possible that some plaintiffs will be awarded punitive damages as well. These are financial penalties against the defendant that are available in cases of gross negligence, and intentional or malicious behavior. Although punitive damages are rare in civil cases, drunk driving incidents are one of the possible ways that punitive damages tend to be awarded in accident cases. Florida law caps punitive damages at the greater amount of $500,000 or three times compensatory damages.
Help after an accident in Florida
There are attorneys who focus their time and efforts on helping accident victims in the Boca Raton area. Rosenberg Injury Law is available to meet with local clients and file civil lawsuits on their behalf.
Firm contact info:
5255 North Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Boca Raton, Florida 33487
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