When a drunk driver injures another person in a car accident, he or she may face both criminal and civil court proceedings. The criminal case is about punishing the drunk driver. The civil case is about compensating the victim who was injured in the drunk driving accident.
How Our Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Can Help
At the Southaven and Hernando law offices of Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, we represent accident victims and family members of accident victims in Olive Branch, Horn Lake, and all of North Mississippi in civil claims against drunk drivers. We will take immediate action to protect your rights and ensure the responsible driver is held responsible in a civil action. You deserve to be compensated for your losses, and it is our job to ensure you receive the maximum amount you are entitled to by law.
Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable
Our goal in a drunk driving case is to help you obtain justice in both the civil and criminal proceedings. We work with prosecutors to ensure that your voice is heard in court. In one of the cases we handled, our lawyers persuade prosecutors to increase criminal charges from DUI to DUI maiming when our client suffered a severe injury.
The victims of drunk drivers can obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, permanent injury, and pain and suffering. Given the extreme recklessness of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Mississippi courts may also award punitive damages to the victim. If the drunk driver is a wage earner, punitive damages can be taken from his or her wages, and in most cases, this debt cannot be discharged by filing bankruptcy.
We Seek Compensation You Need
While some people may be fortunate enough to walk away from a drunk driving crash having only suffered minor injuries, not everyone is so lucky. Head-on collisions and rollover crashes caused by drunk drivers have been known to cause permanent and catastrophic injuries.
A victim suffering from serious injuries typically requires extensive medical treatments both short and long-term. Expenses can add up; and in some cases, permanent damage can lead to a disability that could force someone out of work.
Our lawyers seek every possible source of compensation for the innocent victims of drunk drivers. In Mississippi, bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons may be held responsible under dram shop liability laws. When people are over-served at private parties, our lawyers may be able to obtain compensation from the homeowners’ insurance of the host.
For a free and confidential consultation, contact us to schedule an appointment. There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those who have been injured in a drunk driving accident throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.