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What do I do if I am injured by a drunk driver?

| Jun 8, 2018 | Drunk Driving Accidents

When an Ohio resident has been injured by a negligent driver, such as a drunk driver, a personal injury legal claim for damages may help them recover compensation for their damages. A personal injury claim for damages can involve litigation or settlement and it is important to understand both. When victims realize the extent of their injuries from a drunk driving accident, they may have many questions they need answers to.

An unexpected drunk driving accident can be life-altering for victims. Victims may suffer serious injuries that require ongoing medical care and prevent them from working. Victims of drunk driving accidents may wonder what help is available, as medical expenses pile up and they are unable to work to pay for the medical care they need and other everyday expenses. Victims can bring a personal injury claim for damages against the drunk driver who injured them. In most circumstances, criminal charges can be used as evidence of negligence.

Insurance companies are commonly involved in the process of compensating victims of drunk driving accidents for the damages they have suffered. Because of that, it is important for victims to understand insurance laws in their state. It is also important for injured victims to know their way around the settlement process, because sometimes the full extent of their injuries may not be immediately known. Victims may need to seek compensation for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.

A personal injury claim for damages, or settlement in some circumstances, can help victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. Because the personal injury claim and settlement processes can be complex, it is important for victims to understand their options and the remedies available to them.

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