Additional police respond. They test Mr. Jones’ Blood Alcohol Content. Mr. Jones’ BAC is over twice the legal limit. Mr. Jones is arrested on charges for Operating Under the Influence of alcohol as well as OUI of drugs. Apparently, Mr. Jones had also been taking prescription medication, which carried a warning for drowsiness side effects.
The officer driving the cruiser sustained injuries to his back and right arm. Following the crash, the officer was unable to work for two months and had nearly three months of physical therapy. The officer’s greatest concern was this crash may have affected his back where he previously had surgery. Fortunately, the collision did not affect the officer’s prior back surgery. Even if that were the case, though, the officer would have been entitled to fair compensation for any exacerbation of that pre-existing condition. While many people worry that hurting the same body part previously injured may not be compensable, the law is clear – you are entitled to compensation for however a prior injury is made worse.
By forcefully arguing the extreme danger the drunk driver posed to the community, I was able to obtain a $47,000 settlement for the officer from Mr. Jones’ insurance company. The settlement amount was significant enough to repay all the officer’s lost wages, including missed overtime and details, plus more.
- Attorney Richard Miller
Attorney Richard Miller is a principal at Ballin & Associates. He began at Ballin & Associates as a law clerk while attending law school and joined the firm in 1992. He has represented clients in all types of personal injury claims and has litigated cases in both District and Superior Courts.