The damages you can collect after a truck accident will ultimately hinge on the severity of your injuries, the nature of your accident, and the extent of your property’s damage. Common damages include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Recoverable Damages in Truck Accident Cases
Claimable damages vary from case to case. Your damages will be based on the cause of the collision, the severity of your injuries, and what pieces of property were damaged.
Our team will review a myriad of evidence to determine the cost of your losses both now and in the future.
Truck accidents can result in serious, costly injuries. Necessary medical care could include:
- The cost of diagnosing your condition
- Emergency transport
- Rehabilitation services
Damages can also include the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments and the cost associated with hiring a caregiver. Be sure to document every interaction you have with healthcare providers. An attorney from our firm will use this information to calculate the cost of your medical expenses.
Severe injuries can leave victims unable to work for weeks or months. In many cases, this means that you miss out on more than your current wages. You run the risk of:
- Missing out on promotions and career opportunities
- Only being able to work in a reduced capacity, which could impact your earning ability
- Being unable to work in your current field
Your attorney from our team will use your employment records, pay stubs, and information from your boss to learn more about your lost income.
Property Damage Expenses
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that the average commercial truck can weigh more than 40,000 pounds. When these vehicles collide with passenger cars, one can imagine who suffers the brunt of the impact.
Our team can review your circumstances and calculate the cost of:
- Fixing your car
- Replacing your car
- The transportation services you needed while your car was out of commission
Our firm will consult with industry experts to determine the value of your vehicle, acquire documentation from your auto repair shop to show the cost of repair, and account for diminished property value.
The treatment you need for your condition may go beyond the initial emergency room visit. You may need rehabilitative care to help you reach maximum medical improvement. Compensation in this instance can include:
- Physical therapy
- Modifications to your home (like adding wheelchair ramps or handrails)
- Assistive devices, like wheelchairs
- The cost of hiring in-home help
Wrongful Death-Related Losses
If you lost a loved one in a New Hyde Park truck accident, multiple facets of their passing are compensable. Some recoverable damages through a wrongful death action include:
- Funeral and memorial costs
- Cremation or burial
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of income
- Loss of parental guidance
Depending on your relationship with the decedent, you could recover other types of damages not included here.
Proving Negligence to Secure Damages
To receive compensation for your damages, our truck accident attorneys will need to review the details of your case, collect evidence that proves liability, and determine the value of your current and future losses.
What an Attorney Needs to Prove
We will need to prove that negligence resulted in your losses in order to hold another party accountable for your damages. Proving negligence involves showing the following:
- Another party owed you a duty of care.
- The other party neglected this obligation.
- The other party caused your accident.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses.
To establish these factors, we will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the events leading up to the collision. This can include interviewing eyewitnesses, examining records from the involved trucking company, having your medical records analyzed, and more.
You Have a Limited Time to File
While you may qualify to recover compensation for these damages, you must file your case within the time limit established by CVP §214. You have three years to file your personal injury lawsuit. Per EPT §5-4.1, you have two years to file if you lost a loved one.
The Lawyers at The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Can Fight for What You Deserve
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, don’t let the other party’s insurance company decide what your pain and suffering is worth. The truck accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience, and we have successfully secured million-dollar settlements in the past. Call (516) 358-6900 for a free case evaluation today.
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