What Damages Are Recoverable in a Truck Accident Claim?

A serious commercial truck accident can permanently change your life. In addition to the obvious consequences, such as a totaled vehicle, and physical and emotional injuries, these accidents also come with steep financial consequences, like the costs of your medical treatment and the wages you lost while you were unable to work. In 2022, 5,664 commercial truck accidents took place on Virginia roadways. Of those, 2,000 resulted in serious injuries and 116 were fatal. Most truck accident victims are unprepared for the exorbitant expenses they have to face. Sadly, they are not likely to receive fair financial compensation from the at-fault party without the aid of an experienced Virginia Beach truck accident attorney. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, we can accurately calculate the true value of your damages and work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today to schedule your free consultation. 

What Damages Am I Eligible For After a Truck Accident? 

Damages arising from truck accidents can typically be split into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover quantifiable, monetary losses such as medical expenses and lost earnings. Non-economic damages compensate victims for the emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical pain they endured. Non-economic damages tend to make up the lion’s share of a personal injury claim. 

Medical Damages

Truck crash victims are often hit with massive medical bills. These accidents usually lead to severe injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, traumatic amputation, damage to internal organs, disfigurement, internal bleeding, and more. Even if you have health insurance, you could still find yourself facing enormous unexpected medical bills.  

A lawsuit could help you obtain financial compensation for your medical expenses, as well as those you will incur in the future due to your injuries. Your truck accident damages may include compensation for:

  • Ambulance transportation or LifeFlight services, which can cost as much as $25,000
  • Emergency room care
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgeries
  • Prescription medicines
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Specialist care
  • In-home care

The damages you receive will depend on the severity and longevity of your injuries and the medical treatment they require.  

Lost Earnings

Following a commercial truck accident, victims may be unable to work for weeks or possibly even months. In some cases, they will never again be able to return to the job they previously held, leaving them with no choice but to find other employment. Both of these scenarios will have a major impact on their quality of life and their lifelong earning potential. Truck accident victims are entitled to receive compensation for their lost earnings as well as lost future earnings. A skilled truck accident attorney can consult with economic specialists, calculate your total lost earnings, and ensure you are fairly recompensed.  

Pain and Suffering Damages

The term “pain and suffering” refers to an accident victim’s emotional and physical hardships, such as the physical pain that they endured due to their injuries. It also refers to the emotional distress and mental anguish experienced by the victim. Some examples of pain and suffering are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, cognitive changes caused by a brain injury, and grief. 

Punitive Damages

In some cases, truck crash victims might be eligible to collect punitive damages. Unlike the damages mentioned above, punitive damages are not compensatory. Rather, they are meant to penalize the at-fault party for an act of gross negligence and discourage others from engaging in similar conduct. To collect punitive damages, it must be proven that the at-fault driver consciously acted with blatant disregard for the safety of others, such as driving under the influence. 

An experienced truck accident attorney can review the circumstances of your accident, conduct an investigation, and determine if punitive damages may apply to your case.

Do You Need Help With a Truck Accident Claim?

If you were injured in a commercial truck accident, it is essential that you know the value of your claim. Otherwise, you could end up accepting a lowball settlement offer from the insurance company that doesn’t cover all of your damages. The Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp have been successfully handling truck accident cases for almost 40 years, like the $2.4 million settlement we won for the family of a man who was killed when the car in which he was riding was rear-ended by a negligent truck driver. To schedule a free consultation regarding your truck accident case, contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp at (833) 997-1774 or fill out the contact form on our website. We have offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, and Chesapeake.