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I was urged to settle my "Worker's Comp" claim when I was on heavy pain medication after two back to back "Low Back" surgeries. I did the same with Social Security instead of fighting for my disability benefits. Can a contract be legally binding if one party is under the influence of drugs or alcohol? I see that I made a mistake, My condition has not improved and I have been on Blood Thinners for almost 5 years. I was a civilian contractor working in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan when I was injured.
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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

Thank you very much for your patience. Getting out of a contract can be very difficult. With that said, there are some things that you would want to consider that the law recognizes as defenses to the enforcement of a contract. One of the defenses is capacity, meaning that a person who is mentally ill, under the age of 18, under the influence of drugs/alcohol can have the contract voided. This means that you should probably advise the other party that you were under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time you signed the agreement, then the contract is going to be unenforceable so if they give you the amount that they claim you're entitled to, you can reject that amount and sue for breach of contract.

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