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What legal options do I have if I have been hit by a drunk driver?

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If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you may pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. Drunk driving cases always result in criminal trials. Although a criminal trial is an important aspect of obtaining justice in your case, it will not result in any monetary compensation. In order to get compensated, you must file a civil claim in addition to the criminal charges against the drunk driver. It is only through a civil case that you will be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Who is responsible for drunk driving accidents?

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A number of parties may be held responsible for drunk driving accidents, including:

Drivers:

Drivers are responsible for their own behaviour. They can be held responsible if they cause accidents after consuming alcohol.

Bar / restaurant owners / staff:

They can be held responsible for drunk driving accidents. It is their responsibility to stop serving patrons that appear to be intoxicated.

Drunk drivers’ employers:

If accidents were caused by drivers driving a company car while intoxicated, their employers may be held responsible for the accident.

I was injured in a car accident by a drunk driver. What should I do?

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The most important step is to notify the police and get immediate medical help. Document every aspect of your injury, including medical records and police reports. This documentation can help your attorney recover damages more easily. Also, obtain contact information from witnesses and take photographs of the accident scene.

Do not discuss your case with an insurance company before speaking with a car accident attorney. The insurance company may pressure you to settle quickly for a very small amount of money. Your car accident attorney will help you to properly negotiate your case.

How can financial exploitation be prevented in nursing homes?

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Financial exploitation happens when someone illegally or improperly uses someone else’s money or belongings for their personal use. It is the fastest growing form of elder abuse in nursing homes.

Here are some steps nursing home residents can follow to prevent financial exploitation:

  1. Know your rights
  2. Protect your financial information
  3. Review your financial information regularly
  4. Report any suspicion of financial abuse