Were you injured in a truck wreck and have questions? Read our 3 truck accident injury tips for guidance, then contact our attorneys.
1) Types of Compensation
One is economic losses, including medical expenses that you have incurred as part of your treatment plan, maybe lost wages if you missed time from work, or any other out-of-pocket expense that you’ve had to front because of the trucking accident. That compensation is fairly straightforward to determine because we have the bills, we know how much you were paid at work, and so on.
The other category of compensation that you can recover are what we call non-economic damages. These involve pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, perhaps disfigurement such as in a dog bite case, or compensation for total harm that has befallen you and your family. Those particular categories of compensation require you to explain and articulate your pain, your anguish, and your emotional distress. That is something that we will help you do.
2) Pre-Existing Injuries
The law allows you to recover compensation if you re-injure or aggravate a preexisting condition, assuming that the medical care and the treatment that you receive is because of the truck accident itself and doesn’t date back to when you first injured your knee. Yes, if you have a preexisting condition, you’re still eligible to make a claim for compensation if you need treatment as a result of the trucking accident.
3) Expert Witnesses
The answer to that, generally speaking, is yes. When you are involved in a trucking accident, there are a lot of unique issues that come into play, such as hiring an expert to do the download of the black box data that is in the truck. Also, you may have to hire an expert to reconstruct how the entire accident took place, based on the black box data, eyewitness testimony, and of course the client’s point of view, as well as other information that an expert can gather.
Sometimes, you also need to have experts to prove your medical case. For example, your doctor could provide medical testimony connecting the accident to your injuries. Sometimes, we need to hire an economist to calculate the wages that you may lose in the future, if you’re not able to go back to the same job that you had before the truck accident. Of course, if there is alcohol involved, then we have to hire a toxicologist to determine the alcohol level of the truck driver or any other driver involved at the time of the collision.
Yes, most trucking cases, most 18-wheeler cases do require some experts and the number of experts depends on the particular circumstances of your particular situation.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured from a truck wreck and have questions about these 3 truck accident injury tips? Contact our experienced Truck Accident Lawyers today for a free legal consultation and case evaluation.