Truck injury settlements vary depending on each person and each crash. When we evaluate your truck accident case, our personal injury lawyers determine how the crash affected your health, job, hobbies, and dependents, as well as your peace of mind.
For that reason, there is no average settlement. Instead, we make sure what you seek is related to what you experienced.
How We Calculate Economic Damages
Economic damages are one category of compensation you may receive following an accident. These are any bills or quantitative losses that resulted from your truck collision. They can include:
- Hospital stays
- Imaging tests
- Medical devices
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
For example, if your leg was broken in the crash, all costs related to that injury are eligible for compensation, from the ER visit to the crutches to the rehab. Likewise, if you had to take time off work while you recovered, you could be reimbursed for the income you lost.
Since these damages are predicated on specific injuries and wage losses, the settlement amount after a Texas truck accident will differ in each case. Someone with a head injury may have higher expenses and greater losses than someone with bruises and sprains.
Medical Costs Can Vary
When we calculate your medical damages, we look at exactly what you experienced. In fact, we examine several factors to make sure your compensation covers both past medical expenses and future costs. Those factors are your injury’s:
- Recovery time
For example, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that inpatient stays for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are 74 percent more costly than those for other injuries. As a result, if you sustained a TBI, you may have higher expenses and therefore receive more damages.
Severity and recovery also vary wildly, even regarding the same injury. With whiplash, for example, some cases resolve in a few weeks, while 12 to 50 percent of victims can experience pain for a year after the accident, according to Cleveland Clinic.
We want to take into account all angles of your injury, from the cost you have already paid to the expenses you are likely to face. To accomplish this, we consult with you and your doctors to understand your unique condition.
How Did the Injury Impact Your Work?
The damages you receive for lost wages will also depend on how your injury affected your job. For example, a broken leg may be less of an issue for someone who sits behind a desk, but for a warehouse employee or other worker who spends all day on their feet, that injury represents weeks of lost income.
How much you may receive depends on:
- Type of injury
- Severity of injury
- Type of job
While this category of economic damages is fairly straightforward, it is still calculated based on each individual’s experience. Our team works to try to get you exactly what you lost.
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How We Calculate Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages cover an accident’s effect on different areas of your personal life. This form of compensation includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of independence
These are even more contingent on personal experience, as they should reflect the emotional and psychological consequences of the truck accident.
How Did the Crash Impact You Personally?
Although our team cannot really put a price on what you suffered, we do try to include a few variables in our assessment of your non-economic damages. Some of those are:
- Injuries: How badly were you injured, and what type of injury did you suffer?
- Crash scenario: How traumatic was the crash?
- Dependents: Do you provide support for family members?
- Hobbies: Did the accident affect your ability to do what you love?
- Age: How did being injured at your age impact you and your future?
- Job: Have your injuries changed how you work?
- Mental health: Did the crash leave you with anxiety, depression, or other issues?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Our truck accident lawyers simply want to understand the broader impact of the accident so we can pursue appropriate compensation.
If You Lost a Loved One
Truck accidents too often claim lives, with 67 percent of fatalities in truck crashes being the occupants of the other vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). If your loved one was claimed by a truck accident, you are eligible for economic and non-economic damages related to the crash.
In addition to reimbursement for bills and lost income, as well as payment for funeral expenses, you could receive damages for the pain and suffering both you and the deceased experienced. Loss of consortium damages also provide for spouses or partners left behind without the deceased’s companionship and intimacy.
Who Is Liable May Impact Your Damages
In many cases, we pursue compensation from the company that owned the truck involved in your crash. These businesses often have insurance and can cover your expenses and damages.
However, sometimes trucking companies are not liable, such as if the truck driver was an independent contractor. In that case, we can pursue the truck driver directly for your damages. If their private insurance doesn’t cover your costs, a lawsuit can force the driver to pay for your injuries out of pocket. That can reduce the amount you receive.
Our truck accident lawyers investigate all possible negligent parties to help you receive damages. We may even be able to hold more than one party accountable.
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Call in the Strong Arm if You Have Questions About Your Truck Accident!
The personal injury team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can give your case personal attention, calculating the damages that you need. Rather than pursuing the average settlement for a truck accident in Texas, we will pursue what you deserve. Call our office today for your free case review by dialing (800) 777-7777.