The benefits are that a reckless operation charge is a less-serious offense than OVI. The penalties (and possible future penalties) are less severe. You will still have to pay a fine and court costs, plus complete a mandatory 72-hour alcohol education program, plus serve a 2-year probation, but keeping an OVI off your record is always a good thing.
Its difficult to fully answer your question without knowing your employer and your employee status. It would be wise for you to consult with an experienced labor and employment attorney, who could advise you of your rights. It is also important to consider that you may have a cause of action against your co-worker based on the alleged assault. You can pursue a civil action against the co-worker while the criminal action action is pending.
"Totaled" in insurance-speak doesn't refer to a beat-up, undrive-able wreck, it merely means that the cost of fixing the car (in this case, replacement of a door and perhaps more) outweighs the current fair market value of the car.
I will defer to the excellent answer previously posted by the Michigan attorney. Dram shop cases are difficult to bring. The success of a case brought by your brother's estate may hinge on the amount of evidence and eyewitness testimony that can be unearthed. Was he there with friends? We any of them sober? Does the bar have a television surveillance system? Etc. Consult with an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney to evaluate your case.
The advice given by the two previous attorneys is spot-on. I would note that 'how much you can get' greatly depends on a number of factors: your injuries, medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, and more. Only by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area will you be able to explore the true value of your case. Insurance companies who deal with unrepresented individuals (those without a lawyer) will routinely offer a low-ball 'take it or leave it' offer that...
I'd exercise extreme caution and re-think your decision to announce this online. California recognizes the "Public Disclosure of Private Facts" Invasion of Privacy Tort.
Under this legal theory, a (1) public disclosure of (2) a private fact (3) which would be offensive and objectionable to a reasonable person and (4) is not of legitimate public concern is actionable.
Under this theory, while the facts may be true, liability can still attach. You best bet is to think twice before you...
Inform your landlord that you will place your rent into escrow until the problems are remedied. A word of caution re: bedbugs - Ohio landlord/tenant law does not specifically address bedbugs and therefore your landlord may take the position that you are responsible to paying for eradication and treatment. As always, check your lease agreement to see if minor holes, repairs, and infestation are contemplated.
Based on how you've phrased your question, I'd highly advise you to at least consult with, if not retain an experienced attorney to discuss your claim before you proceed. You don't file a motion to sue someone for libel (or slander - these are different and it's important to know the difference), you file a complaint. Which court you file the complaint in depends on the amount of the damages you're asserting. If you don't have any damages, you're wasting your time and money.