Alcohol-impaired drivers are responsible for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths along with thousands of injuries every year. Recovering from injuries following a drunk driving incident is undoubtedly an incredibly difficult and emotional time as it is, so you should not have to worry about medical bills and lost wages too. If you or a loved one were a victim of drunk driving, you may quality for DUI compensation under the Florida Crimes Compensation Act. Read on to learn about the qualifications.
Who Qualifies for DUI Accident Compensation?
Based on the Florida Crimes Compensation Act, there are circumstances in which you are entitled to receive compensation. According to the State Attorney’s Office of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit,
“Any victim who received personal injury or survivors of someone who was killed as a result of a felony or misdemeanor crime punishable under federal or state laws, including DUI and hit and run. Also, any elderly or disabled adult who suffered a property loss as a result of a crime.”
What Are the Requirements for Eligibility?
In order to receive DUI accident compensation, the victim or applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The crime must be reported within 72 hours of it happening.
- The victim must suffer personal physical injuries or death. The victim must also have limited funds available to help those who have suffered psychiatric or psychological injury.
- The application must be filed within one year of the date of the crime. Based on the case, this may be extended to two years.
- The victim must cooperate with the following parties: the law enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office.
- The victim must not have been involved in illegal activity at the time of the crime.
- The victim must also not have any felonies on their record.
If you or a loved one do meet the above criteria, you could be eligible for DUI accident compensation. Many victims of DUI accidents suffer from not only physical injuries but financial injuries as well, including, wage loss, loss of support, disability, funeral expenses, treatment expenses, mental health counseling and even property loss reimbursement.
These statutory allowances can be beneficial for anyone who has high medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses. Your attorney can help you receive compensation and justice for your situation.
DUI Lawyer Tampa Bay
If you or a loved one have suffered the consequences of a DUI accident, you could be eligible for DUI accident compensation. At Clark Law, we are passionate about fighting for you. Contact us today for a completely free consultation.