How Much is My Semi-Truck Accident Claim Worth?
Several factors go into determining the damages you can recover as a part of your semi truck accident claim. Consulting a truck accident lawyer will help you break down the specific factors.
Without a full investigation of the accident, your injuries, and an understanding of your financial losses, an attorney cannot provide you with an estimate of the funds you deserve.
Typically, an attorney will look at several key things when determining the value of a semi truck accident claim. These include:
Past and Future Medical Expenses
Both past and future medical expenses. In addition to the medical expenses you have already faced as a result of your injuries, your attorney will calculate the potential for future medical expenses related to your injuries.
Amputees, for example, will need to replace prosthetic devices every three to five years for the rest of their lives. Spinal cord injury victims may face an ongoing need for physical therapy to help them maintain muscle strength.
An experienced attorney can help calculate the value of those future medical expenses.
Current & Future Lost Wages
Current lost wages, and any lost wages you anticipate losing in the future.
You may be unable to work for some time after a tractor-trailer accident as you recover from your injuries.
Your attorney will be able to determine your lost wages during your period of recovery and may be able to help you recover those wages.
Lost Earning Capacity
Depending on your profession and your injuries, you may find that your injuries prevent you from returning to work in your former capacity.
Your lawyers will retain experts, including economists and vocational rehabilitation specialists, to determine the amount of money you will lose over the course of your life due to your injuries.
Those funds can help you go back to school or take other steps to gain a new certification that will allow you to return to work in a new industry.
Pain, Suffering, Disfigurement, & Disability
Your claim includes both past and future elements of pain and suffering, including ongoing disfigurement and disability.
This could include your inability to provide normal companionship to your spouse or children.
It can also impact your ability to take care of common activities or responsibilities around your home due to your injuries.
Other Financial Losses
Other financial losses you sustained as a result of the accident.
Your attorney will calculate any other financial losses you sustained as a result of your injuries.
The need to pay for people to take on tasks that you once handled for yourself, for example.