If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation. There are many areas of compensation that you might be able to claim through a truck accident lawsuit. Most of these “damages” you might be entitled to are controlled by the specific rules of the state where the accident occurred. Car insurance may be able to provide some compensation for your injuries, but you may be able to seek more compensation by filing a lawsuit.
The truck accident attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team file cases on behalf of injured truck accident victims across the country. Whether you were driving a car, an SUV, or even another large truck during the accident, our attorneys fight to hold irresponsible trucking companies liable for the harms that they cause.
Economic Damages for Truck Accident Victims
In general, “damages” is both the name of the types of harms you suffered, as well as the term used to describe the compensation you win in court for these harms. There are two broad categories of damages in personal injury lawsuits: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include most things you can put a price tag on. Usually, financial records such as bills, bank statements, and receipts are used to prove these damages. Many of these damages may seem like physical damages at first, but the courts look at specifically at the monetary factors when addressing these harms.
Economic damages commonly include the financial harms you suffer from many of the following areas:
- Repair bills for your vehicle
- Medical expenses to treat your injuries
- Ambulance rides and other medical transportation
- Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to help you recover from injuries
- Home nursing care
- The expense of lifestyle changes resulting from your injuries
- Past lost wages from work you had to miss because of your injuries
- Future lost wages if you are unable to return to work
If you lost a loved one to a trucking accident, you might be entitled to other economic damages. First, any medical expenses your loved one faced just before death are compensable. Second, you can seek compensation for the expenses you faced because of their death, such as funeral and burial costs. You also suffer other economic harms when you lose a loved one, including:
- The cost of grief counseling
- The lost counsel, companionship, society, etc. of the deceased loved one
- The lost value of household duties the loved one performed
- The loved one’s lost wages
- The loved one’s lost benefits (e.g. health insurance)
- The loved one’s inheritances, which would have grown larger if the loved one lived.
Non-Economic Damages for Truck Accident Victims
There are other expenses that you cannot demonstrate with a financial value, receipt, or bill. These are the intangible harms that you suffer when you face physical injury or the loss of a loved one. These are known as “non-economic” damages.
The most common non-economic damage is direct reimbursement for your “pain and suffering.” On top of the medical expenses, you might be entitled to money to help make up for the injuries, generally. While this money cannot reverse injuries, the money may help you cope with the injuries. Some portion of this is usually to cover the physical pain, while the rest covers the mental suffering that goes along with it.
Often, proving the amounts for pain and suffering damage is the key focus of your case. Your own experiences of how the injury affects your life is the best way to demonstrate the value of these damages. Journaling your pain, life changes, and experience is an excellent way to prove these damages.
You might also be entitled to “punitive” or “exemplary” damages from especially bad trucking companies. These non-economic damages work to ”punish” or “make an example of” the trucking company that harmed you. There are state and federal regulations that control the trucking company. Many trucking companies boldly violate these rules, injuring people along the way. If the trucking company that harmed you violated rules like these, courts may award you extra damages to punish the trucking company.
Finally, if you lost a loved one, you might be entitled to non-economic damages. Their pain and suffering before death can entitle their heirs to compensation. Additionally, the family of the deceased is generally entitled to compensation for the loved one’s death itself, in addition to the economic harms.
In some states, there are legal “caps” on the amount of non-economic damages you can receive from a lawsuit.
National Truck Accident Lawyers
The attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to take your truck injury case. Our attorneys fight to get you the maximum compensation you might be entitled to for your truck accident injuries. Never accept a settlement from an insurance company or trucking company before talking to an attorney to find out what your case might be worth. Call (215) 246-9000.