What to do if my daughter was injured in a DUI?

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What to do if my daughter was injured in a DUI?

They convicted the driver, sentenced him and ordered him to pay her $18,000. We were never notified of any of the court hearings, to have any say in the matter. He has only paid her 60.00. It wasnt ordered thru the court but to be paid directly to her. Is there anything we can do about this matter?

Asked on June 7, 2013 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You should retain an attorney immediately to pursue an injury claim against the DUI driver.  In the State of Georgia, in an injury case in which the Defendant (DUI driver) is found liable, you as Plaintiff would be entitled to punitive damages (a form of civil/financial punishment).  Also, you should contact the office of the prosecutor to inquire about the criminal case.  The prosecutor's office may also have a "Victim's Advocate" who assists crime victims.  You may also feel free to contact my office to have your questions answered and/or pursue a claim against the DUI driver.

Joyce Sweinberg / Joyce J. Sweinberg Associates PC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This money is for restitution in the criminal context.  You should contact an attorney to make an injury claim in the civil context.  Most attorneys will offer a free consultation. It is best to do this now rather than wait.  You do not give the date of the accident so I cannot tell you when the statute will run on her right to make a claim.  Seek legal counsel now!


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