The families of two of the victims of Ethan Couch, the teenager convicted with causing a drunk driving accident and whose psychiatrist offered a defense of affluenza, have settled their civil suits with the Couch family and their business, Cleburne Metal Works. The accident had led to the death of four people and many others sustained injuries. While Couch has been sentenced in the criminal case, the families of the injured had also filed separate civil suits against Fred Couch, the father of Ethan, and his business.
A Terrible Drunk Accident Case in Dallas
The families of McLaughlin and Breanna Mitchell have reached a settlement in their civil suits. Couch’s family and Cleburne Metal Works will pay the family of Isaiah McLaughlin who as severely injured in the crash a lump sum of $37,540 through their insurer and also semi-annual payments of $6,635 for five years until 2019 and a lump sum of $10,000 when he turns 25. The terms of the settlement with the family of Breanna Mitchell who died in the accident have not been released.
The Second Wave: The Civil Suit
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident or a loved one has died in such an accident you need to consult with a drunk driving accident lawyer who can file a civil suit for compensation against the driver and their insurer. While law enforcement and the prosecution will file a criminal case against the drunk driver and try to obtain a conviction, you can also independently file a civil suit for financial compensation for the cost of treatment of the injuries, the loss of income or earnings, the pain and suffering endured, and so on.
In the event that you lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, the at-fault driver can also be sued for wrongful death and made to compensate you for your loss. It does not matter if the accident takes place in Dallas or anywhere else.
Visit www.stovalllaw.com today and speak with an attorney about your case.