What Compensation is Available for Truck Accident Victims?
Georgia truck accident victims are entitled to be made ‘whole’ after an accident. In simple terms, a victim is made whole when they are placed into the position that they would have been in had no accident ever taken place. Obviously, this is not literally possible for cases involving very serious injuries. There is no way to counteract the debilitating pain associated with a serious injury. Therefore, financial compensation must be granted in an amount that fairly accounts for the full extent of a victim’s damages. After an Atlanta trucking accident, a victim may seek recovery for:
- Damages to their personal Property
- Expenses due to Medical Procedures
- Lost Wages Including Wages lost due to ability to work in the future
- Other Intangible losses, Like suffering, disfigurement and loss of quality of life.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need to be aware of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation but you face some large hurdles. One such obstacles is that some damages are difficult to quantify. It’s easy to value a hospital bill for treatment that has already occurred, it is extremely difficult to put a dollar figure on pain and suffering or future lost earning power. All too often, insurance companies use the lack of clarity surrounding these type of damages to try to avoid paying a fair settlement offer. Victims of serious truck injuries need an aggressive attorney by your side to fight for you and your right to be compensated for your losses.
Delayed Pain After an Accident Involving a Truck
As an experience trucking accident lawyer, Mr. Goldner has represented a number of clients who have been injured in collisions with semi and other commercial trucks. Some people experience immediate and obvious injuries at the accident site. Others suffer pain extreme pain after some time before seeking treatment. Insurance adjusters typically argue that any delay in treatment shows that the accident and injuries were “not that serious.” The insurance companies try to paint the injured accident victim as someone who is out for money only and trying to “milk” the accident.
I have seen two primary “delayed” injuries. First, people who suffer broken ribs in car and truck wrecks often do not know that their ribs are broken until xrays are taken. Estimates are that 10% of patients admitted to the hospital after blunt force trauma (for example, an accident victim’s chest impacting the steering wheel) suffer a fracture of one or more ribs. In today’s day of cost-saving medicine, physicians are sometimes reluctant to order xrays of trauma victims. The failure to “look inside” via chest xray sometimes results in rib fractures going undiagnosed until the patient follows up for subsequent symptoms.
Another “delayed injury” we often see in serious truck accidents is bleeding in the brain. A brain bleed may present in many fashions, including subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, among others. Sometimes, the brain injury and bleed presents immediately at the accident scene. However, frequently, the bleeding is delayed. This situation can be dangerous where a car wreck victim present to an emergency room after an accident and undergoes a CT scan which is interpreted as clear. Then, confusion or a headache occurs later in the day. These symptoms are a tell-tale sign of a brain bleeding and injury.