Seven of the most common truck accident injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), neck and shoulder injuries, broken bones, limb loss and other disfiguring injuries, mental health challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and death.
If you suffered severe injuries, a truck accident lawyer can help you seek the costs of treating your injuries from the at-fault party. Your attorney will collect your medical bills and consult medical and other experts who can estimate the value of medical care and support you may require after your case is settled.
Commercial Truck Accidents Can Lead to Life-Changing, Life-Threatening Injuries
A large commercial truck like a big rig, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer can weigh up to 30 times more than a sedan. It is also significantly taller, which could cause a passenger car to become wedged in its undercarriage.
An additional danger of truck-versus-vehicle accidents is the cargo the truck carries. If it is flammable or combustible, it can result in severe burns from the force of impact. A truck accident attorney can help you track your injuries, prove their cause, and document their costs.
Seven of the most common truck accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, motor vehicle accidents are a frequently cited cause of traumatic brain injuries. The force of the impact, your seated position in the car, and being ejected from your vehicle can lead to a concussion or a more severe head injury. TBI can also result from crashing forcefully into the front or rear windshield or being struck by heavy or flying objects inside the vehicle.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
The impact of the crash or being slammed into the dashboard or crushed between front- and back-row seats can cause trauma to your back and spine. The force of the impact or being thrown from the vehicle can also cause back and spine problems.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries can change your life by resulting in temporary or permanent paralysis. Your medical team will assess your injury, its severity, and its impact on your ability to care for yourself and return to work.
Neck and Shoulder Injuries
Truck crashes, especially rear-end collisions, can cause whiplash, a broken collarbone, or other neck or shoulder injuries. These conditions can require costly surgical intervention and lengthy recovery times.
Fractured arms, legs, and fingers can be painful and debilitating. The suddenness of a truck accident could cause you to put your arms up or out to brace for the impact. This inherent protective action could result in broken wrists, hands, and fingers. These injuries can prevent you from doing any kind of work or meeting your personal needs.
Limb Loss and Other Disfiguring Injuries
Sharp objects flying through the car in a collision can create limb damage catastrophic enough to require amputation. Those same flying objects, shattered windows, and deployed airbags can also cause facial disfigurement, broken noses, and tooth loss.
Your personal injury lawyer will help you seek compensation for immediate medical bills and the costs of treating disfiguring injuries.
Mental Health Challenges
A truck accident is a traumatic and frightening event that can leave you with emotional and psychological trauma. The impact of the accident and the memories of the collision can necessitate the need for mental healthcare to help you cope.
You could suffer from anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can request compensation in your insurance claim or lawsuit to cover the costs of counseling and other forms of therapy to help you recover from the collision’s mental and emotional impact.
The difference in size, weight, height, and required stopping distance of a semi-truck can result in a fatality. If your family lost a loved one due to a truck accident, a wrongful death attorney can help you seek damages.
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Financial Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries and Related Expenses
You are entitled to medical care until you recover from your injuries. Your personal injury attorney can demand compensation from the person or entity whose negligence caused the accident to pay for all your medical expenses, including:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency room fees
- Hospital stays
- Required medications
- Assistive devices
- In-home medical aid
- In-home domestic aid
- Rehab and physical therapy
Track your expenses carefully and continue receiving medical care until your healthcare provider determines you have reached maximum medical improvement. Your truck accident attorney will collect your medical records and bills to document the cause of your injuries and their costs.
A Truck Accident Injury Lawyer Can Document Your Injury-Related Damages
In addition to medical expenses, your truck accident lawyer can help you request compensation for your lost wages throughout your recovery period. You may also recover damages for your pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and mental and emotional distress. In addition, you can seek the costs of repairing or replacing your damaged or destroyed vehicle.
If the trucking accident resulted in a fatality, certain family members can recover wrongful death damages. Per O.C.G.A. § 51-4-2, the deceased person’s spouse, children, and/or parents may recover the decedent’s funeral and burial costs and compensation for lost financial and familial support.
Get Your Free Consultation After a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a truck accident, our client-focused law firm can help you gather evidence to prove negligence. We will also identify the liable party and pursue compensation to cover your medical costs and more.
Find out how hard we’ll go to bat for you by contacting one of our case review team members at Kaine Law today.