Accidents involving semi-trucks often result in expensive and serious personal injuries, for a number of obvious reasons. The courts will award damages when it comes to a winning plaintiff for the amounts related to the losses you have incurred, which includes both intangible and tangible losses. The 3 primary damage types usually awarded in personal injury cases include punitive damages, non-economic damages, and economic damages.
1. Economic Damages
These are losses that are calculated according to the dollar amount with accurate precision. These damage types include:
• Your current medical expenses and any future expenses
• Your current and future loss of earnings
• Childcare expenses
• Transportation costs that arise as a direct result of your accident
• Any other type of economic loss that can be calculated that has occurred due to the foreseeable results of your accident
To obtain compensation for economic damages, it becomes necessary to provide evidence to the court in the form of accurately prepared documents or expert witnesses to prove the loss amount you have incurred.
2. Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic or intangible damages are in place to compensate you for psychological harm resulting from your accident. These damage types compensate for the harms that include:
• Mental anguish
• Suffering and pain
• Physical disfigurement or sexual function loss
• Any other type of intangible loss
When it comes to serious injuries, the courts are known for awarding intangible damages in an amount that double or triple the amounts for tangible damages. Six-figure awards are common for serious injuries, and even seven-figure awards are in some cases awarded.
3. Punitive Damages
The punitive damages which are also called exemplary damages are intended to extend further than compensation. Punitive damages aim to punish defendants in a case of wrongdoing that is very serious.
Punitive Damages Examples:
If a driver of an 18-wheeler was found to be intoxicated when the accident occurred, or the accident was caused by the driver behaving in a hazard manner like “hugging your bumper” while driving at a high speed.
The spouse of the plaintiff that sustained serious injuries might be permitted to join this lawsuit in order to recover damages when the plaintiff, for example, has lost sexual function or an ability to provide emotional support, comfort, and love (the spouse is able to claim for “loss of consortium”).
If the accident has resulted in a death, the spouse of the deceased, or the parents or children are able to file for what is known as a “wrongful death” lawsuit in order to seek compensation for economic and psychological benefits that they would still be enjoying if the person was still alive.
If your relative or you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler which has resulted in damages and injuries, it is vital to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you can. Your choice in a personal injury attorney may be the best decision that you can make when it comes to your entire case. Your lawyer will assist you in gathering the necessary evidence, negotiating your settlements, and to win your lawsuit if need be.
Skilled Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers
The Trucking Lawyers is one of the well-known personal injury law firms that have extensive experience in dealing with 18-wheeler accident cases along with other types of commercial vehicles that are involved in accidents across the nation. Our truck accident lawyers are aware of the emotional and financial pressures that you are facing during these difficult times in your life after such a dramatic accident. We are here to guide you and fight for you so that you can enjoy the maximum compensation. Give us a call at (855) 396-3926 for your free consultation.