After a truck accident, you can seek compensation from the liable party for economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the out-of-pocket expenses after an accident, such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages are usually intangible and more challenging to calculate, such as pain and suffering. In rare cases, a court awards punitive damages if the liable party’s actions are malicious or intentional.
Your truck accident lawyer’s main job is to identify your expenses and losses and build a strong case to prove your right to fair compensation. Understanding all possible recoverable damages will help when discussing the case with your attorney.
Potential Economic Damages in a Truck Collision Case
Economic damages are expenses and losses based on a fixed monetary value. You can usually prove you experienced economic damages through medical care bills, vehicle replacement and repair receipts, or other forms of financial documents. Other evidence to prove these damages can include video footage and pictures.
Based on the circumstances of the case, your economic damages could include:
Medical Expenses for Truck Accident Injuries
You’re entitled to seek damages for all the medical bills incurred while seeking treatment for your truck accident injuries. Examples are:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency treatment
- Pain medication
- Assistive devices, such as a brace or wheelchair
- X-rays, lab tests, and other diagnostic exams
- Follow-ups with your doctor or a specialist
- Physical and psychological therapy
It’s advisable to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after your truck accident to prove you suffered medical damages. Receiving necessary treatment is essential for your injury claim because your medical records will help establish the severity of the injury and its connection to the collision.
In addition, your doctor can outline your treatment plan, how long recovery will take, and what maximum medical improvement could look like for you. These details will allow your attorney to estimate and include future medical expenses in your injury claim.
Lost Income During Your Recovery Period
You’re entitled to seek compensation for lost income if the injuries or emotional damages you suffered due to a truck accident keep you from working. Financial recovery for lost income is essential since the inability to work means less money to pay for living expenses and the immediate costs from the truck accident. Lost income damages may include:
- Self-employment income
In addition, if the injuries stop you from resuming work in the same capacity, you’re entitled to seek compensation for “loss of earning capacity.” Our team can estimate your current and future damages related to income when reviewing your case.
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Common Non-Economic Damages From a Truck Accident
Non-economic damages cater to the physical and emotional pain suffered from an accident. Our lawyers know how to correctly estimate your non-economic damages if you decide to include them in your case. Eyewitness testimony from professional and personal witnesses will serve as evidence to confirm you have suffered greatly due to the accident.
Some typical types of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering: A truck accident can be a traumatic experience. You may develop anxiety, flashbacks, and depression in addition to physical pain. The painful experience can hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest as you did before the accident.
- Loss of consortium: This may apply when the injuries you sustained take a toll on your relationship with your partner.
- Scarring, disfigurement, and disability: If the truck accident is severe, it can result in disability or temporary loss of usage of body parts, restricting normal overall function.
What Are Typical Wrongful Death Damages?
You’re entitled to seek wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one during a truck accident. On top of your loved one’s pre-death medical expenses, you could claim:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income and other financial help from the deceased
- Loss of guidance and companionship
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers to Learn More
After a truck accident, we recommend contacting Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for legal help. Our team of lawyers has a combined legal experience of over 400 years and has recovered $1 billion on behalf of our clients as settlements.
We can also help you pursue a successful claim, and you’ll owe nothing upfront for our services due to our contingency fee policy. Contact us today for a free case review and more information.