Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman win millions for clients with personal injury claims against trucking companies.
How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Our lawyers have won many multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients. Some of our top crash settlements include the following:
- $6,000,000 for a woman whose leg was crushed by a DUI driver (multiple surgeries could not save the leg and it was amputated);
- $5,100,000 for a husband and father who was severely injured when a delivery vehicle hit his motorcycle;
- $3,750,000 for a man who was injured in a crash involving a defective product.
To determine how much your personal injury case is worth, our truck accident lawyers look at the following:
- What were the injuries?
- Were they permanent?
- Were they disfiguring?
- Will there be a lifetime of pain?
- What kind of pain have you endured?
- Will you have a lifetime of pain?
- Where you emotionally damaged and how has that affected your life?
- How much have you paid for medical care and what are your expected future expenses?
- Who is legally responsible and how much insurance money is available?
- What was your job before the crash and are you still able to do that job?
- What did you do for fun and personal fulfillment before the accident, and how has the crash affected your continued participation?
Critical injuries can include:
- permanent brain damage from an open or closed head injury (also called traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- other organ damage (in addition to the brain), including the kidneys, lungs, liver, spleen and bowel.
- crushed bones;
- amputation (may happen at the scene, because of a severe crush injury or due to a future infection of the limb);
- eye damage, including blindness or the total loss of an eye (one client was hit in the head with a tow truck hook, and he lost an eye);
- broken neck (C1 and C2 generally are fatal or cause quadriplegia);
- broken back (thoracic compression fracture, generally of T11 and/or 12 or L1);
- pelvic fracture (sometimes referred to as a broken pelvis or hip);
- second, third and fourth-degree burns.
Can I Sue for an Infection Caused by Accident Injuries?
Yes, you can sue for an infection caused by accident injuries if there is enough evidence to connect the infection to those injuries. This is one reason it is often best to wait a period of time before starting settlement negotiations. You want to be fully compensated, and it can take months for the full extent of the harm to be known.
Determining Fault When a Commercial Truck is Involved
When a commercial vehicle is involved in a crash, the company and its insurance company often deny fault, knowing they have teams of lawyers who can take steps to try pay as little as possible to people who were badly hurt. They may send representatives to the hospital where a severely injured person is in intensive care to try negotiate a settlement with that person or a family member. This is truly a situation where you need a lawyer who has the experience needed to get you full compensation.
Our lawyers have that experience.
In one case, our law firm represented two people whose car was hit by a semi-trailer as both vehicles were traveling in the same direction on a four-lane highway. The impact sent our clients’ car spinning out of control. It went through the median, striking another vehicle head on. The husband, the passenger, suffered multiple fractures and permanent brain damage.
When we initially got involved in the case, the trucking company denied fault, which is not unusual. There was a dispute about whether our clients’ car merged with the truck’s lane or whether the truck merged into our clients’ lane.
We hired an accident reconstructionist to go out and piece together the forensic evidence at the scene. And through the use of skid mark evidence, tire tread evidence and additional evidence, we found that it was the 18-wheeler that had impacted our clients’ car, causing it to spin out and go through the median.
After we were able to do the reconstruction, we hired an animationist to do an animation of the accident. With this, we were able to demonstrate how the collision occurred and ultimately resolved the case. Below is the animation.
The video was that extra step needed to get a multi-million-dollar settlement.
Two big rig drivers were hospitalized in Stafford on Thursday after colliding on at the intersection of 30th Avenue and U.S. 50. The semi-tractors collided as one driver was making a u-turn. According to the Highway Patrol, both Mr. Peters, 42, and Mr. Dewindt, 70, were taken to Stafford County Hospital for possible injuries and known injuries respectively.
A woman driving a Prius was seriously injured when a semi-tractor driver rear ended her car on Route 521, on the Interstate 5 overpass, in Lakewood. The car was sent across traffic and crashed into the side of an oncoming pickup. The woman suffered a severe TBI, broken limbs and other injuries. She was transported to the hospital, where she was put in a medically induced coma, and had surgery. Another person who was in serious but stable condition was also transported to the hospital. The truck driver was arrested for DUI and vehicular assault. In addition to driving while intoxicated, investigators believe he was speeding when he hit the Toyota Prius from behind.
Two men were injured when a semi broadsided a car at the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 71 in Renville County. A Volkswagen Beetle was traveling westbound on Highway 19 and then turned to go southbound on Highway 71. A Peterbilt traveling northbound on Highway 71 collided with the Volkswagon, injuring the car’s driver and a passenger.
The number of traffic fatalities rose to 35,092 people, a 7.2% increase from 2014. This increase, though deviating slightly by category, shows traffic deaths rising in almost every category.
A man from La Crescent was seriously injured in a crash with a Freightliner tanker and a dump truck. He was driving a Honda Civic. The Freightliner tanker, Honda Civic and Sterling dump truck were all traveling southbound on Interstate 90 (I-90) when they collided. The collision happened at the I -90 Dresbach exit, milepost 274 in Winona County. The roads were dry. The State Patrol report characterized this crash as a rear-end collision, but did not provide details. This often means that there is some doubt as to what exactly happened.
A couple from Bloomington were injured in an accident with a logging rig. A fully loaded 1987 Peterbuilt 359 logging truck was moving eastbound on Caribou Trail to go northbound on Highway 61 in Cook County. The vehicle rolled onto its side, which spilled logs across the highway. At about 1:39 p.m., a 2009 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Highway 61 and hit the logs on the roadway. The Honda went into the east ditch. The wife, who was driving the car, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The husband, a passenger in the Honda, was seriously injured in the crash.
A mother and her two teenage children were injured in a crash in Sardinia. The collision happened around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Genesse Road and Route 16. A tractor trailer moving east on Genesee ran through a stop sign.
A crash between a 18-wheeler and two school buses has injured at least 72 people. The school buses were both stopped; the first to pick up students, and the second behind it. Both buses had flashing red lights operating and the “stop” signs extended. The semi ran into the back of the second school bus, pushing it into the second bus.
Three people were injured, two seriously, after a four vehicle collision, which was triggered by a semi hitting a car stopped for a red light on westbound U.S. 30. The big rig rear-ended a Dodge Neon, which sent the car into a second tractor trailer. The first semi also hit a Jeep after the initial impact. Immediately after the impact, the Neon and the first big rig burst into flames.