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$23 million award to paralyzed victim of drunk driver

In 2010, a then 18-year-old man was driving while intoxicated and lost control of his mother's 1997 Toyota. The resulting crash was horrific, ejecting two back-seat passengers from the vehicle, both of whom were 18 years old.

The tragic accident left one woman paralyzed from the chest down at just 18 years old. Another ejected passenger in the car suffered back and serious internal injuries. The driver and a 20-year-old front seat passenger suffered minor injuries. The front seat passenger was the only one who was wearing a seat belt. The driver was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of driving to endanger resulting serious bodily injury and one count of driving under the influence.

The jury believed that Twin River Casino had served the driver alcohol and was therefore responsible for 20 percent of the $23 million award. Royal Liquors, a store in Providence, Rhode Island, also sold liquor to the driver according to the jury. The driver is responsible for 70 percent of the award.

A casino spokesman said they were disappointed with the verdict and are considering an appeal.

The woman is now in a wheelchair and has two young kids. Her attorney said, "This will remarkably, positively change her life, partly because she got justice."

When someone is injured or a loved one is killed in a car accident, especially a drunk driving accident, you have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma and much more. An attorney can provide you with additional information on how to proceed with such a lawsuit.

Source: Providence Journal, "Paralyzed woman awarded $23 million in case against Twin River, others," Katie Mulvaney, Oct. 28, 2016

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