What Can I Receive in Compensation If I’m Hurt in a Truck Accident in West Palm?
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | March 24, 2022 | Truck Accident Injuries
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 6,852 crashes involving large trucks occurred in Florida in 2021. These truck crashes resulted in 3,389 injuries and 240 deaths.
If you or a loved one has been severely hurt in a truck accident, you can bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to pursue the compensation you’re entitled to for all the losses resulting from the accident. These losses or damages normally cover financial losses, resulting trauma and injuries, effects on the injured individual’s physical and mental health, and other costs related to the truck accident.
For the regular person, these damages can be immensely costly, not only to their finances but to their psychological and physical wellbeing as well. Filing a personal injury claim will help you reduce these burdens and recoup expenses and damages that you need to get on with your life.
Damages You Can Pursue in a Truck Accident Claim
The two main categories of damages awarded in personal injury cases stemming from truck accidents are called compensatory and punitive damages. There are various kinds of compensatory damages. Generally speaking, however, they’re broken down into economic damages and non-economic damages. These seek to compensate or reimburse injured individuals for the harm they’ve suffered.
Economic damages, also referred to as special damages, cover losses or expenses associated with the physical injury. There’s no cap to the kinds of economic damage claims that injured individuals can make or to how much they can claim. Likewise, they’re unique to the injured individual and will differ significantly from one individual to the next. These damages commonly include:
- Lost wages, including future wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses, including future medical care for more severe injuries
- Household expenses
- Expenses associated with altered or canceled plans and trips
Non-economic damages, also referred to as general damages, reimburse injured victims for non-monetary losses incurred due to the truck accident. These usually include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Embarrassment and humiliation
- Loss of companionship, consortium, care, and/or society
- Loss of life enjoyment
These are damages used for punishing at-fault parties whose negligent actions were particularly reprehensible, malicious, or reckless.
How much compensation you can receive will be dependent on the particular circumstances of your truck accident claim, the severity and extent of your injuries, your medical expenses, and lost earnings, among many others.
Consult with a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney Now
Truck accidents are very complicated because of the different laws involved and the possibility that more than one party may be liable for the accident. The experienced West Palm Beach truck accident attorneys of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa can fight for what you’re entitled to under the law and uphold your best interests during settlement negotiations or in a trial.
Send us an online message or call 561-478-2500 to arrange a free case evaluation with our West Palm Beach truck accident attorney today.