Your loved one is in the hospital fighting to live after being rear ended by a semi-truck. Hospital bills are piling up, and there is just not enough money for the family. Our lawyers have won settlements of over 5 million for clients who were burned, lost a limb or suffered permanent damage from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Call our law firm at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) and talk with a lawyer. It’s free.
The Impact of an 80,000-Pound Truck Can Be Devastating
The weight of a semitractor and loaded trailer can be 80,000 pounds. When a vehicle of this much weight hits the back of a car, motorcycle or bicycle, people are badly injured or killed.
Because of this, drivers of these big rigs should use extra caution when on the road; however, in almost every rear-end collision case we handle, the truck driver was
too tired to drive or
What if a Brake Failure Caused the Crash?
Our lawyers have a national reputation in the area of product liability litigation. Although our offices are in Minneapolis, MN, they represent clients throughout the United States in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against manufacturing companies.
Because of this experience with product liability lawsuits, our lawyers always look for evidence of a brake failure or other defective part. Even if this was a contributing factor (not the main cause) of the accident or the severity of the injuries, the manufacturer, distributor and others may be sued for compensation.
This is one of the first questions clients ask our lawyers. The basic answer is that it depends on the facts of your case and the laws of the state where the lawsuit is filed. In many of these cases parties from different states are involved. For example, the truck driver could be from one state, the trucking company in another, the accident victim from another state, etc.
One of our jobs is to determine in which state to file. This is an extremely important decision because some states have a cap on the amount of money an injured person can get for “pain and suffering”, a legal phrase used in personal injury cases to refer to some of the non-financial harm suffered by people who are hurt in a crash. Pain and suffering compensation can include amounts for the pain suffered, the degree of emotional distress experienced, disfigurement (scars, lost limbs, etc.), permanent disability and “loss of quality of life” (not being able to enjoy life in the same way). Our lawyers have won millions for pain and suffering.
Other factors that determine what your case is worth include (but are not limited to) the following:
Whether the bodily injuries were critical;
Whether the injuries are preventing you from working or have forced you to find another job;
Your expected future medical and other expenses;
The insurance policy limits.
Each case is unique because every person is unique.
If there are catastrophic injuries (third-degree burns, paralysis, loss of arm or leg, severe brain damage from a TBI, for example), your case may be worth millions. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman help injured people get compensation from negligent truck drivers and the companies that hired them to haul freight.