4 Factors That Impact The Value Of Your Truck Accident Claim

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If you got into an accident with a commercial truck driver, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive compensation for your accident. When it comes to the claim process, you need to make sure you understand the value of your case. There are various factors that can impact the value of your case and what you will get out of your case if you file a personal injury lawsuit in a truck accident situation.

Factor #1: Medical Expenses

Generally, with personal injury lawsuits, one of the biggest expenses you will get compensation for are medical expenses. Keep in mind that things such as rehabilitation, medication, and medical devices also count as medical expenses, not just visits to the doctor or the ER.

Your medical expense compensation should cover both the expenses that you have already incurred due to your accident as well as future medical expenses that you may have.

Future medical expenses can be complicated to figure out on your own, but a dedicated professional can figure out what your lifetime medical expenses will be as a result of your injuries due to the accident.

Factor #2: Property Damage

Most passenger vehicles are not going to make it through an accident with a commercial truck driver. Your compensation should cover the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle. If you had to rent a vehicle while searching for a new vehicle, you can include this expense as well.

Many people carry personal property in their vehicle, so if your cargo was damaged, you can include that in your request for property damage compensation. For example, if your phone was shattered in the accident, you can include the expense of replacing it in your property damage compensation request.

Factor #3: Lost Income

When you get injured, one of the side effects is often an inability to work. If you were not able to work because of the accident you were involved in, you can get reimbursed for lost wages.

Lost wage reimbursement can cover more than simply your missed work hours; it can reimburse you if you lost out on a promotion, bonus, or commission because of your accident. If your accident resulted in a disability, it can provide you with compensation for future lost wages as well.

A professional financial expert can help with this portion of your lawsuit.

Factor #4: Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering following an accident with a commercial truck driver can be significant, especially if you suffered serious injuries.

Many insurance companies try to quantify this part of your claim by assigning you a value between 1 and 5 based on the seriousness of your injury, and then add up the rest of your damages, and multiply your total damages by that number to come up with a fair value for pain and suffering. An attorney can help advocate for a fair number for pain and suffering.

When you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck driver, your compensation should cover medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. A truck accident lawyer can work to bring together the right professionals to determine what your overall compensation should be and advocate for that amount.


29 June 2020

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