Most accidents are harrowing experiences, but those involving large commercial vehicles can be especially devastating. Towering over other vehicles on the road, trucks can cause catastrophic injuries and untold property damage in an accident. If you were on the receiving end of one of these wrecks, your expenses are probably adding up at an alarming rate.
Thankfully, you can file a personal injury claim against the truck driver and their employer to recover compensation for what you’ve lost. As such, you are probably wondering what losses may be recoverable in your case. Let’s look at some of the damages commonly available to claimants:
1. Medical Expenses
From the initial hospital visit to prescription medication to physical therapy sessions, treating a serious injury can put considerable strain on your finances. Fortunately, most—if not all—of the costs associated with treating your injuries may be recoverable. However, you will first need to provide proof of such losses before you can get your hands on a financial award.
Medical records are a crucial piece of evidence that will not only demonstrate the severity of your injuries and the treatments you require but could also show how your condition impedes your ability to live a normal life. As such, you should visit the doctor as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that you have access to up-to-date records.
2. Lost Wages
If your injuries prevented you from returning to work, you may be able to seek compensation for the income you’ve lost. Additionally, if your condition will prevent you from doing your job down the line—or you will never be able to work again—you might also be able to pursue damages for loss of future wages and diminished earning potential. Evidence that could help demonstrate such losses can include letters from your employer, paystubs, and tax returns.
3. Pain and Suffering
Your bills, receipts, and invoices may only be scratching the surface of your accident-related damages. Some losses, such as pain and suffering, aren’t accompanied by financial documents, but can still have a significant impact on your mental health. In Texas, claimants may seek compensation for so-called non-economic damages, i.e., the psychological effect your injuries have had on your everyday life. These losses can include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and emotional distress.
As you can imagine, non-economic damages can be difficult to prove. You may need to provide a wide variety of evidence to help illustrate the intangible effects of your injuries. Such proof could include psychiatric reports, personal injury journal entries, and expert witness deposition.
Speak to a Truck Accident Attorney in Texas Today
If you were injured in a collision involving a commercial vehicle, it may be in your best interests to sit down to discuss your situation with a skilled truck accident attorney. At Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, our award-winning attorneys know what it takes to succeed in even the most complex cases.
As part of a free consultation, we can answer your questions, assess the evidence you’ve gathered, and explain which damages might be available if you file a personal injury claim. Dial 1-800-334-3298 or fill out our contact form HERE to request a case review.