For those injured in an automobile accident, the recovery process can be long and expensive. Not only is the physical toll the injuries take incredible, but the financial impact catastrophic injuries can inflict on families is also extraordinary. Many times, the financial struggle is almost as bad as the physical one, and can affect a family's financial well-being for years to come. Fortunately, the victims of drunk drivers in Oklahoma may be eligible to receive additional financial aid through a compensation program.
In a recent article, an Oklahoma couple who was impacted by a drunk driver nearly four years ago credited a compensation program for their financial rebound. After an incredible head-on collision, the victim, an Oklahoma resident, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. With injuries covering the full-length of his body, the man had a long and painful recovery ahead of him.
According to the victim and his wife, his insurance and settlement went toward his recovery. However, this compensation only covered expenses until the end of the year in which the accident occurred.
Fortunately for this couple, a crime victims compensation program helped pick up the pieces after that. This federal and state-funded program helps the victims of drunk driving accidents and other violent crimes cover the costs associated with lost wages and medical expenses. These funds are sourced through the fines and penalties paid by offenders.
It is difficult to imagine being the victim of a violent crime and having to endure more financial pain after recovering from physical injury. Fortunately for Oklahoma residents, the crime victims compensation program can help cover these expenses.
For individuals injured as a result of the negligent actions of others, substantial compensation may be awarded through a personal injury lawsuit. By working with an experienced attorney, those injured through the negligence of others may be able to hold responsible parties accountable for their wrongdoing and seek the compensation they needed to recover.
Source: News9.com, "Compensation Program Helps DUI Crash Victim Heal," Jessica Holley, Apr. 6, 2016