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How Does Alcohol Affect a Personal Injury Claim

How does alcohol affect a personal injury claim? This may prove to be an extremely important question if you are pursuing a personal injury claim in which alcohol was involved.

You suffered injuries and/or damages in an accident you believe another party was responsible for. If that party was under the influence of alcohol, it may affect your personal injury claim in a very significant way. Or, if you were intoxicated, it may also be an important factor that affects your personal injury claim.

In fact, the way in which alcohol affects your personal injury claim may prove to be crucial. The reason for this is due to the fact that alcohol may be a complicating aspect in many different kinds of personal injuries that are sustained in an accident.

Significant affect


For example, let’s say that another party was liable and responsible for the accident in which you suffered injuries and/or damages. If you were consuming alcohol, it may significantly affect the amount of the monetary compensation you are awarded in your personal injury claim.

In almost every instance, proving that another party was responsible or liable for the accident in which you suffered injuries and/or damages is the most important aspect of a personal injury claim. The reason for this is because if you cannot prove that another party was liable or responsible for the accident, you do not have grounds for a personal injury claim.

For example, you may have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault. If the other party was consuming alcohol, it is generally not hard to prove that they were liable for the accident.

Affect compensation


However, if you were also consuming alcohol, even though the car accident was not your fault, it may affect the monetary compensation you receive in your personal injury claim. If it is determined that you had some percentage of liability for the car accident, depending on the laws of the state you are in, it may greatly reduce the monetary compensation you are awarded. Or, it could even mean that you do not get any monetary compensation.

Because alcohol can affect a personal injury claim is such a significant way, it is extremely important that you are truthful about whether you were consuming alcohol or were sober when the accident took place. If you were consuming alcohol, do not try to cover it up.

Part of your records


The reason for this is because whenever you have any type of invasive procedure that is performed by a doctor, your blood alcohol reading is taken. The result of that reading will be a part of your accident-related medical records. So, if you say that you were sober at the time of the accident and tests show that you were intoxicated, it can greatly damage your personal injury claim.

How alcohol affects a personal injury claim is just one of many reasons why you need to have a personal injury attorney on your side. Especially when alcohol is involved, a personal injury claim can be very complex and complicated.

The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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