Truck accidents involving tractor-trailers and passenger cars and other smaller vehicles are usually devastating. The massive size and weight of these vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries for those victims who survive.
These types of injuries often result in permanent and severe disabilities including loss of mobility, communication, and cognitive abilities. The debilitating and severe effects of catastrophic injuries often make it impossible for the victim to reclaim a normal and active life. Compensation for both economic and non-economic losses can help make the difference between receiving proper medical care and rehabilitative services and suffering for years with no relief.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
- Factors that distinguish catastrophic injuries from less serious injuries include:
- The debilitating nature of the injury
- The extent to which the debilitation is expected to last
- The impact of the injury on the victim’s life and livelihood
Some common types of catastrophic injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Accidental amputations
Victims of catastrophic injuries have the option to pursue financial compensation for the losses they have sustained. Potential damages may include:
- Lost wages, both current and future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation services and permanent disability coverage
Not all catastrophic injuries are physical ones. Some victims suffer from severe psychological injuries from truck accidents, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These conditions can last years and even be life-long issues for the victim. Unfortunately, mental disabilities are often harder to prove than physical ones and often require the assistance of an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney in order to obtain the best possible outcome for a truck accident claim.
Limitations on Recovery
The statute of limitations in Virginia for personal injury cases is two years. This means that a victim of a catastrophic injury must file a suit against potentially responsible parties within two years of the date that the injury occurred. However, if the claim is against a Virginia state government agency, a city, or a county the statute of limitations is six months.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in a truck accident, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp. These cases can be complex and failure to provide sufficient evidence could result in a dismissal of the case by the court or a ruling in favor of the at-fault party. Our legal team will provide a free case evaluation to determine what legal options you may have and how to proceed.
Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than 35 years and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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