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Punitive Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim after a Georgia DUI Accident


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2/22/2012
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After the loss of a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, your lawyer will recommend that you consider filing a wrongful death claim and suing for a car accident lawsuit settlement amount sufficient to defray the full and incurred cost of medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages for bereavement, loss of potential earnings, and other damages.  

In particularly heinous cases of malfeasance, such as when alcohol or substances are involved, the courts may decide to assess punitive damages against the drunk driver who was responsible for the accident that took your loved one. 

Punitive damages go beyond the economic damages that are meant to defray the real dollar value of medical costs and funeral expenses, and are considered separate from the general damages that compensate for anguish, trauma, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. 

Instead, these damages are meant to punish the driver whose negligence caused the accident and to deter others from making the same mistake.

If you have lost a loved one to a drunk driver, seek the assistance of a Georgia wrongful death claim attorney who will help you pursue a car accident lawsuit settlement amount that addresses your and your family’s needs after your loss. 

Contact an Atlanta Auto Wreck Attorney About a Wrongful Death Claim 

After a fatal accident caused by a drunk driver, you and your family may be dealing with the grief of serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are lawyers who get it; we know the frustration our clients are experiencing when dealing with insurance companies. 

Many of our clients don’t know how to hire a lawyer, so we offer 2 FREE guides, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information about suing for a car accident lawsuit settlement amount, how to protect your wrongful death claim, and how an Atlanta auto wreck attorney can help. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 770-487-8999.



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