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What Compensation Can I Get After a Truck Accident?

Legal Information About Truck Accident Case Worth From Greenberg & Stone

The purpose of a truck accident lawsuit is for the accident victim to obtain fair compensation for all financial — and some nonfinancial — losses associated with injuries and property damage. Every state has laws specifying the categories of losses and expenses that the accident victim can claim. These categories are similar across the country, although different states may place limits (or “caps”) on the amount of compensation an accident victim can seek in any specific category.

Categories of Compensation in a Truck Accident Lawsuit

In general, a truck accident victim can get compensation for the following types of losses:

  • Medical expenses: bills and expenses for doctors’ services, hospital stays, emergency room treatment, ambulance fees, nursing care and other medical needs immediately following the accident
  • Future medical expenses: permitted if the accident victim proves that he or she will need continued medical care as a result of the defendant’s wrongful act
  • Lost wages: the amount of money the accident victim would have earned from the time he or she was injured to the date of trial
  • Future wages: allowed if the accident victim can show a reasonable basis for calculating the amount of future wages that will not be earned because of the injury
  • Lost profits: net profits the accident victim would have earned in his or her business had the accident not occurred
  • Future profits: allowed if the accident victim can show a reasonable basis for calculating the amount of projected profits that will not be earned because of the injury
  • Pain and suffering: a financial award for past and future physical pain as a result of the injury, including physical, mental and emotional pain, as well as the loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium: if you are married and injured in a truck accident, your spouse may bring a claim for compensation if your injuries have affected the marriage and relationship in any way

Determining Case Worth in a Truck Accident Lawsuit

How does an attorney calculate the amount of expenses in each allowable category in a personal injury lawsuit based on a trucking accident? Typically, the amount of compensation demanded on behalf of a truck accident victim will be greater than in other types of motor vehicle accidents because truck accidents usually result in much more serious injuries.

At the nationwide truck accident law firm of Greenberg & Stone, our lawyers work with a panel of medical and financial experts in each truck accident case to calculate the appropriate amount of damages in each category. We work with board-certified medical experts, vocational rehabilitation professionals and life care planners to determine what care will be needed in the future and what the cost of that care will be in real dollars. We work with forensic economists, accountants, independent insurance adjusters, property appraisal professionals and private detectives to calculate economic losses. While no price can be placed on how the injuries truly impact the lives of the injured, we spend time with our clients and their families, getting to know their stories and seeing firsthand what the injuries mean to them and how much the case is worth in the eyes of a jury.

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