Our Minnesota roads see their fair share of accidents, and commercial trucks are involved in many of them. Adding a heavy truck into the mix with smaller passenger vehicles tends to make the injuries incurred by all parties more serious. If you’ve been through a big-rig accident and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
Claims For Truck Accident Damages
When you file a truck accident claim, the main purpose of the suit is to receive a settlement or award in exchange for the damages you’ve suffered. Damages are wide-ranging and they can cover both financial and non-economic losses you suffered in the accident. Common damages cited in big-rig truck accident claims include:
Prescription medication costs
Physical therapy costs
Ongoing and future medical treatment
Wages lost due to inability to work
Reduced earning potential in the future as a result of disability
Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, Minnesota law allows you to claim for wrongful death damages, including:
Lost earnings that would have provided for you or dependents
Loss of companionship
Loss of household services
Your accident may subject you to one, some, or many types of damages. A common example would be suffering an injury significant enough to require surgery. There may be physical therapy required after surgery and significant aftercare to pay for in the future. While you are undergoing treatment, you may not be able to work as you did before the accident.
In an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you are entitled to seek compensation for all of these damages.
The Unique Nature Of Every Case
Each truck accident case involves a unique set of circumstances that makes it different from every other case. This makes it difficult to compare settlements between cases; a settlement secured by one person can be very different from that received by another due to the unique factors that apply to each case. An attorney with plenty of truck accident experience is your best guide to understanding the damages you have suffered and your strongest advocate for ensuring that you receive fair compensation for them. Your attorney will begin by negotiating with the appropriate insurance company to try and secure a fair settlement that compensates you properly for all of your losses.
Beware A Quick, Attorney-Free Settlement
In the aftermath of many car accidents, the insurance companies involved will contact the injured parties and offer quick, straightforward settlements. It’s in these companies’ best interests to settle cases as quickly and cheaply as possible. Be aware that the first offer you receive from an insurance company is likely to be far below the maximum settlement available; it may not even cover all of the expenses you have following your accident. Do not take a check from an insurance company or agree to any settlement without seeking legal counsel. If you take a settlement too quickly or cash a check, you may deprive yourself of the right to take legal action if it’s needed to secure the compensation you deserve.
Do Not Discuss A Settlement Until Your Injuries Are Clear
As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t begin negotiating with insurers until the full costs of your injury are clear. This may mean waiting until your injury is healed. If you have long-term or permanent injuries, get detailed documentation showing your likely future medical care requirements before pursuing a settlement.
The sooner you secure a good 18-wheeler accident attorney to defend you, the better protected you will be following a truck accident. Our legal team has extensive truck accident experience. We have secured millions of dollars for our clients; we will work tirelessly to ensure you get the money you deserve after being injured in a truck accident. Get started now by setting up a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call us today.