A man who says that actress Lindsay Lohan was drunk when she drove her Mercedes into his van two years ago is suing her and the Ivy Restaurant for personal injury.
Raymond Ortega says that Lohan, under 21 years of the age at the time of the accident, was eating at The Ivy in Hollywood where she became drunk. She then drove away from the restaurant and crashed into his truck just a few minutes later. The lawsuit blames “The Ivy” for serving alcoholic beverages to a minor, thereby playing a role in the injuries sustained by Ortega.
In his lawsuit, Ortega says that he is suing Lohan for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and damage to his motor vehicle. Ortega says that Lohan drove recklessly to escape the paparazzi and was watching them instead of the road. He is suing Lohan and the Ivy for more than $200,000.
This is not the first time that Lindsay Lohan has been sued because of a car accident. Grandeur, Inc., is suing the star for $3,624.84 in Small Claims Court for striking a company van in Beverly Hills. She is also being sued by Ilex Harris and Eddie Palmington, who claim that she hit their motor vehicle in an unrelated car accident.
Lohan is currently in rehab. She was recently arrested for DWI after police arrested her and found a substance believed to be cocaine.
Statute of Limitations
If you are going to file a personal injury claim, it is important that you do so within the statute of limitations allowed for filing a claim in the state where the accident occurred. In Maryland and Washington D.C. the statute of limitations for filing an injury claim involving a car accident is three years from the time of the accident. In California, where Lohan is being sued, the statute of limitations is two years.
If you are someone who has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, contact the personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen right away. We’ll be happy to give you a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case with you.
Lohan Accused of Being Smashed During Smash-Up, TMZ.com, June 14, 2007
Lindsay Lohan sued (again) over car crash, Newsday, June 13, 2007
Read the lawsuit (PDF)
U.S. State Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accidents 2007