The Pritzker Hageman truck accident lawyers have gone up against large companies and won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. You can contact our legal team regarding a lawsuit for compensation and justice.
Below are 10 of the many factors used to determine how much a truck accident case is worth.
- The severity of the injuries
- Whether there was disfigurement (amputation, burn scars, crush injuries)
- How the injuries have affected quality of life
- Whether the pain and suffering is expected to continue into the future
- The cost of medical care, including in-home care and rehabilitation
- The cost of daily care now needed
- The amount of money made at the job held at the time of the truck accident
- The amount of time you have had to take off of work
- The insurance money available under the policies held by the driver, trucking company, and other legally responsible parties
- The state in which the lawsuit against the driver and trucking company is filed (recoveries are limited in some states)
The best way to find out how much money you should get in a settlement is by speaking with a truck accident lawyer who has a full understanding of the complexity of these cases.
Our truck accident team, led by attorney Eric Hageman, understands how important these cases are to our clients. We represent wives who have lost husbands, children who have lost parents, and men and women who are no longer able to work due to the severity of their injuries. We know how important these suits are for providing financial security for loved ones, and we invest in our clients by hiring accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to strengthen their cases.
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Compensation for severe injuries generally includes amounts for physical pain, emotional suffering, disability, disfigurement, medical expenses, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, loss of quality of life, lost income, and other damages. In cases where a prosthetic is needed, compensation should include money for current and all expected future prosthetic limbs because they need to be replaced.
Our lawyers have won multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients with the following injuries.
Our law firm has helped several people who lost a limb after being hurt in an accident with a commercial truck. In one of our cases, our client was on his motorcycle legally turning left when a tractor-trailer passed on the left and ran him over, crushing his leg. After several surgeries to try to save his leg, his doctors determined that the leg needed to be removed.
Burns are not generally thought of as a truck accident injury, but many crashes involving large vehicles result in explosions and fire burn injuries. The heat from the explosion itself can cause third and fourth-degree burns. In fact, explosions in enclosed spaces can cause more severe damage because the blast wave bounces off of surfaces. Fires often result in fatalities because vehicle occupants are unable to get out. In a recent accident, a semi-trailer and bus collided, causing fires in both vehicles. Several bus passengers were severely burned, some fatally. Good Samaritans who stopped and pulled out passengers prevented further injury.
One of our clients was sitting in his semi-tractor waiting to be towed when the tow truck hook crashed through the windshield and crushed the left side of his head, destroying the left eye and causing severe brain damage.
Nerves in the spinal cord send and receive messages from the brain. When the spinal cord is injured and it loses its ability to send and receive these messages, there is paralysis, either partial or total. We have represented clients who were paralyzed because of the negligence of another.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Our lawyers have represented many clients who suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Tibial Plateau Fracture
When the tibial plateau is broken or fractured, it can be very serious, with long-term consequences. About half of all tibial plateau fractures cause damage to the adjacent soft tissue. When the damage to the bone and/or tissue is significant, there can be long-term mobility issues, and partial or total knee replacement surgery may be required.
Because your accident involved a commercial vehicle, you may have the right to sue several companies for both driver and corporate negligence. After evidence of negligence has been gathered, there has to be a determination of the physical, financial, and emotional impact of the accident on you and your loved ones. Only after all of these steps have been completed can an attorney have an idea of how much compensation we should pursue on your behalf.
Wrongful Death of Family Member
If your case involves the loss of a spouse, child, parent, or another close family member, you may have a wrongful death claim. If so, you and your family can sue for compensation. Although this amount can never compensate you for your loss, it can provide financial security and deter other tragic accidents by punishing the negligent trucking companies for their actions.
In wrongful death cases, our truck accident lawyers make a point of getting to know the family. Learning about the effects of the loved ones passing on the family emotionally and financially helps us to take steps to make sure the family is fully and fairly compensated for their tragic loss.
We Use Experts to Build a Winning Case
We use various experts depending on the case. Medical experts provide detailed information about the injuries and the procedures necessary for rehabilitation, and accident reconstruction specialists recreate crash scenes, which provides powerful footage when presented to a court.
When you hire a lawyer at our law firm, you hire a team. We are proud of our attorneys and staff for their commitment to the law, local community organizations, medical research foundations, and their families.