No two truck accidents are the same, so it can be a challenge to determine how much is a fair value for your truck accident claim. There are a number of factors that can affect the value of your claim. Even if you know someone who was involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it is unlikely that your claim will have a similar value. Learn more about how you can estimate the value of your claim.
When estimating the value of your claim, it is important to remember that there are many small details that can easily change the amount your claim is worth. Even identical accidents may differ in the amount of compensation paid out, due to the different needs of the injured drivers. A driver who required more extensive treatment or has specific medical needs may receive more in compensation that a driver who waited to seek treatment. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, you should contact an experienced trucking accident attorney. They can help you protect your claim and maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you need.
What Determines the Value of Your Claim?
There are many factors that are used when evaluating your claim. These details help your attorney to determine what a fair amount is for your claim. These factors include:
- The total amount of your medical bills
- Lost wages
- The severity of your injuries
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future income and earning ability
- Transportation to and from treatment
- Decreased quality of life
There are two types of damages that will be determined. The first type of damages that will figured will be special damages, which include medical expenses, transportation, and loss of wages. Special damages are specific and easily quantifiable. These damages are easier to prove, since you will have bills, receipts, time cards, and other documentation to support your claim. The other type of damages are general damages. These damages are more subjective, so it can be difficult to prove that you have these needs. These damages include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and decreased ability to participate in activities, and a reduced enjoyment of life. Your lawyer can provide guidance as to the amount your general damages are worth.
Your attorney will make some considerations when they calculate the value of your claim. They will take into account your:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages or loss of earning capacity
- Past and future pain, suffering, disfigurement, and disability
Your needs should be your lawyer’s primary concern when they are determining your claim’s value. They will help you negotiate for a settlement that covers your expenses and will fight for your right to compensation. A trucking accident claim may take months to settle, but your attorney can guide you through the process and help you make informed decisions about your claim.
At The Beasley Firm, we have represented injured clients for more than 60 years. Our Philadelphia truck accident lawyers are dedicated to providing high-quality, knowledgeable legal representation for those who have been injured due to another person’s negligence.
Contact our offices today by calling (215) 866-2424 to request a free case evaluation.