When a married person is injured, there are two claims: the person's claim for personal injury, and the spouse's claim for what is known as "loss of consortium." The settlement check will be issued in the names of "Jane Doe, married, and John Doe, her husband," and both of you will be expected to sign the release.
The bank will require both of your signatures to cash the check. If you and your husband cannot agree on how this money will be divided, do not sign the check, and consult a...
Yes, a person is responsible to pay for the reasonable value of emergency services. Uninsured patients are routinely billed outrageous sums. You should try to negotiate these bills down to a reasonable amount. If the providers will not work with you, then dispute the charges, and, if they sue, defend on the basis that the charges were unreasonable.
Did you have liability insurance? If so, get the company a copy of the suit papers immediately. Your insurance company has a duty to defend you.
If you were uninsured, you will have to hire your own attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you will have to do the best you can. Perhaps the other driver's insurance company will be willing to enter into a settlement. In the meantime, you must keep all court dates.
While it is unethical for a lawyer to guarantee a specific result, your expectations are reasonable, and a lawyer who regularly practices in the court where you are charged can likely help you achieve them.
It should be "possible," but that doesn't mean it's likely. You need a lawyer who has Federal court experience to defend you; part of his job will be to advise you of both the sentences that are possible, and those that are likely.
It may very well depend on whether or not the patient had a living will and/or durable power of attorney for health care specifying that artificial nutrition and hydration be withheld under the circumstances.
There is a line of thought amongst drinkers that they needn't hire a DUI lawyer, since "everyone who gets convicted gets the minimum punishment anyway." This is absolutely false. First, I've never seen an unrepresented person get a dismissal, not guilty, or reduction. Second, I have seen judges on MANY occasions put "extra" time (more than 3/6/10, etc., days), on defendants convicted of DUI, not to mention license suspensions longer than the minimum, ignition interlocks, "party plates," etc....
Whatever the company is willing to pay and you are willing to accept. Contrary to popular belief, there's no magic formula for valuing cases.
However, one you settle, the case is done, even if hidden injuries creep up later. You'll want to be sure that you're fully recovered before settling.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury suit in Ohio is two years.