How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
After being in a truck accident, you may be wondering how much money you can get. There are a lot of factors that can go into this, including whether the driver who hit you was operating a pick-up truck that he or she owned or whether the truck was a semi-truck, commercial truck, or truck that was being used for work purposes.
The reason this matters is because this will determine how much insurance coverage is available. Another factor to keep in mind is the level of your damages in terms of your medical bills and lost wages. Knowing the number for these two will help decide how much you will receive in pain and suffering money.
There is a connection between the amount of your medical bills and the amount of your pain and suffering. Until you are done treating for your injuries and know your medical bills and know the amount of insurance the driver has who hit you, it is impossible to know the value of your case.Types of Damages You Can Recover
In legal terms, damages is just another name for money you can receive based on the damage that was done to you. Because of that, in theory, the greater your injury, the more money you should receive for what you’ve been through. When you settle or go to court, and assuming you either win or get a settlement, you will get a single check for your injuries. However, it is helpful and better to think of your settlement as being broken into a couple of different categories or types.
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering or general damages
- Loss of consortium
- Out of pocket expenses
You are legally allowed to recover medical bills for all bills that are related to your
injuries. You are also allowed to received money for future medical bills you may incur down the road for your injuries. For example, if your doctor recommends additional care or surgeries, you can receive money to be set aside to pay for this. Loss of consortium may sound strange or confusing, but it is very simple.
This is a form of money that will compensate you or your spouse or partner for their damages as well. This might mean, for example, if there were things in your relationship that were lost out on because of the accident, they can recover money for this. Out of pocket expenses are just what they sound like. They are a form of money that is intended to compensate you for things like crutches and bandages that you might have paid for. In addition, you can receive compensation for the gasoline you spent money on going to your various medical appointmentsUnderstanding General Damages/Pain and Suffering
The other, final category of money you can receive for your injuries, which have not been mentioned so far, is called pain and suffering. Legally, this is known as general damages, as opposed to special damages, which are also known as medical bills. Determining general damages can be hard because it is hard to put a number on this.
It is highly subjective, meaning that each person can view this amount differently. In any case, it is often found that there is a relationship between your medical bills and the amount you will get in pain and suffering. What does this mean? It simply means that your medical bills will be a predictor, roughly speaking, of how much money you will get in pain and suffering.
So if you have a $50,000 medical bill, do not expect to only receive $5,000 in pain and suffering, but you also should not expect to receive 50 million dollars either. The reason behind this is that the two numbers are not similar to each other. They are very different. There is no math formula that can prove this, but we can help you make sense of this number if you have questions.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
After being in a truck accident, you need an attorney who can help you. This is true whether the truck accident involved a pickup truck or a large 18-wheeler. Either way, you are likely going up against a large insurance company who has the money, the resources, and the motivation to try to keep you from recovering money for your injuries. Why go through this process alone?
The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover money for medical bills, money for pain and suffering, money for lost wages, money for future medical bills, and money for the impairment of future wages. If you have questions about any of this, feel free to call us for a free consultation.
In addition to helping you recover money for this, we can also help by negotiating with the trucking company’s insurance company, if it’s an 18-wheeler or semi-truck involved, or a pickup truck, if it is just a normal person involved. We have successfully negotiated with many trucking insurance companies in the past and secured large settlements for our clients. We can do the same for you as well.
Finally, if your case cannot be resolved out of court, we can file a lawsuit and take it to court. By taking it to court, this might very well mean going all the way to a trial, where we will have your medical doctors and other witnesses testify concerning how the accident occurred and how you were injured in your truck accident.
Feel free to call us for a free consultation.