October 3, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Due to the immense size of commercial vehicles, some of which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, accidents involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are known for their overwhelming potential for devastation. This includes wrecks resulting in life-altering injuries and death.
Given the serious nature of truck accidents, personal injury and wrongful death cases filed by victims and families often become high stakes matters with considerable compensation on the line. Because trucking companies and their commercial insurers are corporations that also fight aggressively to deny, dispute, and underpay claims, these cases demand the attention of proven lawyers who have the experience and resources to maximize compensation clients receive.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our trial lawyers have represented truck accident victims throughout the country following some of the most devastating wrecks. When working with victims and their loved ones who have been forced to endure profound losses and setbacks, we naturally field many questions regarding the value of their case – and for good reason. These victims depend on compensation to put their lives back together.
Although the answer to how much any case is worth is always “it depends,” there are some general elements of compensation available in all injury and wrongful death cases. Understanding how compensation works can aid victims in understanding what damages they are entitled to recover:
- Economic Damages – Victims of trucking accidents commonly incur extensive economic damages, or financial losses directly tied to their accidents and injuries. This include their medical expenses and lost wages caused by time away from work. In cases involving serious injuries, victims are also able to recover the financial costs of future medical needs, as well as their future lost wages or lost earning potential when an injury prevents them from maintaining gainful employment. Other economic damages, including the costs of therapy, accommodations, and more, can also be recovered.
- Non-Economic Damages – Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages do not have a price tag affixed to them. This is because non-economic damages refer to intangible losses suffered by victims, such as their pain and suffering (past and future), loss of quality or enjoyment of life, loss of consortium or companionship, mental anguish, and other emotional injuries. When injures are catastrophic or when victims die as a result of fatal wrecks, family members may also be entitled to a recovery of non-economic damages.
Economic and non-economic damages comprise the value of a truck accident claim, and they always vary from case to case. Additionally, in some cases, victims may also be awarded additional compensation in the form of punitive, or exemplary, damages. These damages are available only in cases where wrongdoers commit egregious acts of negligence, or willful and intentional harm. When they are available, punitive damages can provide additional compensation to victims and further punish wrongdoers for gross injustices.
Whatever the case may be, our legal team at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. works tirelessly to maximize compensation for our clients. This objective demands thorough investigations and case work, as well as professional connections with experts who can testify about trucking industry evidence or the nature of a victim’s injuries. Our legal team leverages the full scope of our resources to secure full and fair recoveries of all available damages.
If you have questions about the value of a potential trucking accident case, or wish to speak with a lawyer form our firm, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. has been serving clients nationwide since 1981.