It is not shocking news that alcohol is the leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities and severe injuries in the United States. Thousands of people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year, despite strict DUI and DWI laws. The risk of a driver being killed in a drunk driving accident with a BAC of .08 is at least 11 times that of sober drivers. With fatalities at an alarming high, drunk driving accidents also cause severe injuries that physically and mentally incapacitate people.
What Are the Main Injuries Sustained After Drunk Driving Accidents?
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Your head and brain can sustain serious damage upon impact in a severe car accident. Traumatic brain injuries can cause coma, motor function and cognition issues, and can also lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills. Symptoms of a TBI can be subtle and hard to point out.
- Broken bones: Broken and crushed bone injuries can occur after a car accident. These injuries can require multiple surgeries as well as lead to physical disabilities or even the loss of a limb.
- Back and spine injuries: These injuries can include spine fractures, spinal disc injuries, back strains and sprains and any other serious spinal cord injuries.
- Skin injuries: Car accidents can result in lacerations or burns, which can cause serious skin damage, pain, and/or permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Psychological injuries: Drunk driving accidents can cause depression anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders in victims.
Head injuries, spine injuries, and other serious bodily and mental injuries can all result from a drunk driving accident. With more than 20 years of experience as an attorney advocating for victims of drunk driving accidents in California, Steve Gnau is ready to help. Contact him today if you are a victim of a drunk driving accident and would like to seek damages for your serious injuries.
When a loved one dies, emotional trauma can arrive and affect an entire family and each of its members. A death in the family can also cause extreme financial hardship, and it can leave family members at a loss for what to do next. California laws have been enacted in order to decrease these struggles for families, especially when a person or other party is found legally responsible for your loved one’s death. It’s crucial that you and your family know the different types of compensation (also known as damages) that are available in wrongful death lawsuits.
What Are the Different Categories of Damages in a Wrongful Death Suit?
There are two general categories of damages in a wrongful death case. The two categories are called economic damages and non-economic damages.
The first category involves the loss of financial support, household services and loss of benefits or gifts that the deceased would have provided. This category also involves burial expenses paid by the family.
The second category of damages involves the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, moral support and affection that the family member suffered. This category also involves the loss of training and guidance that the deceased would have provided to the family.
These categories of damages are designed to compensate the family for any financial losses, and they are intended to replace the value of money the deceased would have earned were it not for his or her death (lost wages). Loss of consortium can also be included in this damages category, which is where a spouse or immediate family member is deprived of the deceased’s love and companionship.
Most of the time, wrongful death damages are rewarded to spouses, children or parents of the deceased. If you are interested in filing a wrongful death lawsuit and would like to recover damages, we can help. Steve Gnau has extensive wrongful death case experience, and he will help represent you in court. Just contact our office today for a free consultation.