Dealing with an injury from an accident caused by a drunk driving can be incredibly difficult.
We understand that you feel frustrated or even angry.
Feelings of anger are completely normal in such a situation, as a drunk driving accident IS one that could have been avoided.
However, stewing in your anger will get you no closer to justice.
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We can help you use your frustration in a constructive manner—to build a solid defense and fight for the financial recovery you need to pick up the pieces of your life and move forward.
Another factor that plays a role in the outcome of a drunk driving case is legal representation.
Those who try to represent themselves typically settle for far less than what they deserve. Those who retain experienced and aggressive counsel should not settle until a fair amount can be negotiated and agreed upon.
Accident victims who hire an experienced drunk driving accident get more out of their case.
Calculating Damages in a Drunk Driving Settlement
One of the first things we do when meeting with accident victims and their families is evaluate the case and provide a fair and honest assessment of its value. Though we do not provide promises to clients about what to expect from their drunk driving lawsuit settlements, we do provide as accurate an estimate as possible. To come up with said estimate, we consider the following:
Possible Compensatory Damages
- : Compensatory damages are those intended to compensate the victim for his or her economic and non-economic losses. Such losses include special damages (past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, etc.) and general damages (mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, etc.).
Possible Punitive Damages: Punitive damages compensate the victim, but also punish the defendant. In many drunk driving cases, Colorado does award punitive damages, as drunk driving is an act of gross negligence and one that demonstrates wanton disregard for the safety of others. While punitive damages are never a guarantee in drunk driving lawsuit settlements, they are common.
Unfortunately, there is no average drunk driver lawsuit settlement to which drunk driving accident victims can refer to decide if pursuing a lawsuit is wise or not. However, know that if a reputable lawyer does agree to take on your case, chances are it is because he or she anticipates your particular case to yield a sizeable award.
Let Our Aggressive Drunk Driving Lawyers Go to Battle for You
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, take the first step to physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Contact the Olson Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation, and to learn what you need to do to maximize your recovery. We serve accident victims and their families in Denver, CO, and Cheyenne, WY, and surrounding areas. Contact our team today to get started.
Sean Olson is much more than just a personal injury lawyer. Sean is an advocate who helps those who are injured navigate our complex legal system. And he is a voice for those who are injured and cannot speak for themselves.