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What kinds of damages are available through lawsuits with personal injury claims resulting from a DUI crash in Atlanta?

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There are 3 different types of car accident lawsuit funds that are available through lawsuits involving DUI personal injury claims. It’s worth pointing out that you’re more likely to reap the benefits of receiving full benefits if you speak with an Atlanta auto wreck attorney before proceeding.

Economic damages are those that supplant costs with a real world dollar value, such as the cost of:  

  • medical treatments;
  • hospitalization;
  • medical equipment;
  • medication; and
  • therapy.  


Lost income from time taken away from work is also considered an economic damage, as are any lost earnings from decreased earning potential, such as if you become disabled and can no longer perform the same job. 

Non-economic damages are meant to compensate the claimant for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress. It’s much more difficult to place a dollar value on these, but the judge will give the jury specific instructions as to how to calculate and approximate the most fair figure. 

Punitive damages are also available in the case of personal injury claims that result from a drunk driver accident. This is a rarer form of compensatory damages, and is typically reserved for those personal injury cases in which the negligent party displays particularly abhorrent malfeasance, such as in instances in which substances or alcohol is involved. 

If you have been injured in a drunk driver accident, speak with an attorney about what damages you may be entitled to. While it’s impossible to pre-determine the exact value of a claim before proceedings have commenced, an attorney can answer your questions about potential obstacles to your case in a no-cost consultation. 

Contact an Atlanta Auto Wreck Attorney 

After a serious drunk driver accident, 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 that get it; we know the frustration our clients are experiencing when dealing with insurance companies. 

Many of our clients don’t know how to handle lawsuits, 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 how to maximize your car accident lawsuit funds and the most common mistakes claimants make in the claims process. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation with an attorney – 770-487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia