Your symptoms sound similar to a traumatic brain injury - a serious type of injury that makes getting a lawyer very important. Please read more about traumatic brain injury symptoms: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/traumatic-brain-injury/DS00552/DSECTION=symptoms.
Do not settle this claim until you've spoken with an attorney who specializes in head injuries - you may be entitled to more than you think. And most Oregon personal injury lawyers do offer free consultations.
It is possible that the injuries to the plaintiff were not fully known at the time of the criminal hearing. So yes, your insurance may have to pay for the personal injury claim. But your insurance company should provide an attorney to handle the case for you, so talk to your insurance.
Make sure there has been a police report filed. If you were one of the victims, you should receive a copy of this report, and it will tell you if the driver was charged. If he was, you can call the prosecutor's office for the county in which the accident occurred, and find out the status of the case against him. That is for criminal charges, but if someone was injured, it is also possible to "punish" the defendant by bringing a civil case against him, which will make his insurance company pay...
My partner wrote about your accident on our blog, and that might help give you some answers to questions about hit and runs: http://portlandattorney.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/st-johns-hit-and-run-victim-suffers-traumatic-head-injuries/
And yes, you can get help. Try http://www.doj.state.or.us/victims/pages/compensation.aspx as hit and run is a crime, and you may be eligible for compensation.
If you have any other questions, you can call my office at 503-222-4411. Your question...
Blackmail is a criminal activity - and therefore you should notify the police. While you may be able to file a civil suit later for emotional damages (in truly egregious cases, like funeral home abuse), this is hard to prove.
Because motorcycle insurance requirements are different from car insurance requirements (i.e. the limits are usually lower), you should probably speak to an attorney to make sure that you and your husband have access to the at-fault driver's insurance policy limits to pay for your injuries and medical treatments. Many firms, including ours, do offer free consultations so I recommend speaking to several attorneys about your case before deciding to hire (or not hire) a lawyer.
Unfortunately, no ethical attorney can answer a question like this. To answer the question of the value of a case takes months of research, understanding the causes and the effects. Most personal injury attorneys do offer free consultations, however, and may be able to give you a better idea of your options after speaking with you and your daughter personally. You may want to speak with an attorney before signing anything to ensure that your rights are protected.
In Oregon, most attorneys charge 33% of the settlement for their services. This is the standard for contingency fee agreements, and in return most firms will front all the case costs so that you don't have to pay anything out of pocket. While some lawyers are willing to negotiate their fee, you should be aware that most will not. It is more important to hire an attorney that you trust and that has experience with MVAs than someone with a low contingency fee.
Do not sign anything until you have consulted an Oregon personal injury lawyer - you do not want to "sign away your rights" before getting a professional opinion about your case. If you have health insurance, you should use it - health insurance can help pay medical expenses until you reach a settlement with the drunk driver's insurance or your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
Well, you should consult a bankruptcy attorney for your options, and if the auto accident was not your fault you might also consider hiring an Oregon personal injury lawyer to help you reach a settlement that could assist you in paying your bills.