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Drinking and Driving Hardly Ever has a Happy Ending

September 30, 2011

You would think people would learn that if you drink and drive, you take your life and the lives of others into your very dangerous hands.

Day after day, week after week, year after year, people get killed by drunk drivers. Yet people continue to drink and drive. People continue to get seriously hurt or killed because someone made the stupid decision to get behind the wheel despite being inebriated. This is a case where two teens who should not have been drinking in the first place, decided to drink and drive. As a result, two people are dead and one is seriously injured after a single-vehicle rollover.

The police reports show that speed and booze were significant factors. Three teens, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, were speeding along a roadway just before midnight, enjoy an evening of boozing and schmoozing. The car veered off the road, flipped, and landed on its hood. The 16-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, as was one of his passengers. The lone survivor of the wreck was evacuated by medevac to the nearest medical center in serious but stable condition.

Evidently, the teens had been camping with a group of other students in the canyon where they began drinking to pass the time. All victims were last seen at the campsite about 8:30 p.m. When the three did not return, others went looking for them, found the crash scene, and called 911.

This is a tough case. The kids willingly got into a car with a drunk driver and were drunk themselves. The dead passenger’s family should be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The injured girl’s family should be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for her injuries. Whatever the families do choose to do, death and injury often cause a host of financial problems for victims and their families.

After retaining attorneys and filing lawsuits, both families may wish to consider applying for litigation funding, also referred to as pre-settlement funding. This is money paid in advance of a court verdict or settlement. The plaintiffs apply, provide case details, have their case assessed and approved. After the 24 to 48 hour approval process, a lawsuit cash advance is wired into their bank accounts. It is a very simple process and the money can be used for any important reason.

Lawsuit funding puts plaintiffs back on their feet when they need financial help the most. In addition, a lawsuit cash advance provides important leverage to turn down inadequate offers from a greedy insurance company, which will often use plaintiffs’ financial desperation to obtain lower-than-full-value settlements.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit &ufding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Child Shot While Playing on Neighbor’s Front Lawn

September 27, 2011

This case is as tragic as it is unbelievable. Cleveland, Ohio police arrested a man after he shot an 11-year-old girl who was playing on his front lawn. Evidently he was angry because a group of kids were playing in his yard and bumped into his car.

A 10-year-old witness said the victim, Ivhan’e Merritt, was one of the kids on the lawn when Charles DuBose opened fire. At the sound of gunfire, the kids ran; Ivhan’e was yelling that she had been shot. Her friends thought she was making it up until she fell to the ground. The little girl was rushed to hospital where it was discovered the bullet had grazed her liver; currently her recovery status is unknown.

It is likely that the girl’s mom will speak to a personal injury lawyer about this case. Assuming the neighbor was trying to scare the children and not trying to hurt anyone, his conduct was at least negligent. If his conduct is determined to be negligent, not intentional, his homeowners insurance would apply to help the child’s family deal with the enormous medical bills for their wounded daughter. But litigation can take months, even years, to resolve.

How will they get by with these additional expenses hanging over them? If a lawyer takes her case and pursues a negligence claim, the mother can apply for litigation funding from a lawsuit funding company. Legal finance is easy to apply for and will help tide her over until her verdict comes in or she reaches an equitable settlement.

Pre-settlement funding is a lawsuit cash advance that lets the plaintiff pay off important bills and expenses. Even though this “lawsuit loan” can be used as one pleases, plaintiffs should utilize this lawsuit financing for important bills and expenses. With financial issues out of the way, plaintiffs now have the time and money to let justice take its course. They can decline inadequate offers and wait until a proposed settlement is fair.

If you have been injured in an accident as the result of someone else’s negligence and you are pursuing a lawsuit with the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, litigation funding is worth checking out if you need cash to pay your bills while the lawsuit is pending.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit &ufding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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