It was November 2015 and a man working as a safety inspector for the Department of Transportation was at a construction site, performing his daily duties. The construction site was noisy with numerous trucks and various types of heavy machinery being used and so when one of the trucks began to back up, he didn’t notice that he was in a dangerous position until it was too late.
The truck backed over him, crushing him with its immense weight.
In a matter of seconds, the victim’s world turned upside down. Although he survived the accident, emergency physicians found that he had a broken pelvis, crush injuries to both legs, a crushed urethra and scrotum, and other internal injuries. He had to undergo immediate surgery to save his life, but even this wasn’t enough. Over the course of several weeks, multiple surgeries were required and then once released from the hospital, he required extensive physical therapy. Today, he continues to suffer from life-altering side effects from his injuries.
To try and recover compensation for his medical bills and for his ongoing pain and suffering, he filed a truck accident lawsuit.
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Prior to going to trial, the defendants offered to settle for $3.5 million, however, the plaintiff believed that his past and future losses would exceed this amount and rejected the offer.
During the trial, the plaintiff’s legal team gave a clear explanation as to how the accident had forever changed their client’s life and how much-continued care would cost him over his lifetime. After deliberating, the jury ordered the defendants to pay $6 million to the plaintiff.
It might seem odd for a plaintiff to be awarded future losses but the reality is that many injuries continue to require treatment for the rest of a victim’s life. In addition to this, an injury may end a career, effectively losing any salary and bonuses that the plaintiff would have been expected to earn.
Expected future medical bills and lost wages can be calculated and should be included in any amount that is recovered through either a settlement or an award.
Although it doesn’t apply in this recent case, sometimes the driver of the truck faces criminal charges such as driving while intoxicated or driving on a suspended license. While these charges may result in a conviction and the victims may feel a sense of relief knowing that justice has been served, criminal charges will never help a victim recover compensation.
Civil lawsuits are filed separately and have no impact on the outcome of the criminal trial and vice versa. However, evidence that is presented during the criminal trial may also be useful in a civil trial and an experienced attorney will know to review that evidence.
Choosing the right attorney is an incredibly important and personal choice. When seeking the assistance of a lawyer, a plaintiff should ask questions like:
It’s wise to speak with multiple law firms before making a decision.
The attorneys of Banville Law understand how financially taxing a truck accident can be which is why we collect any legal fees directly out of the compensation that is obtained through the lawsuit. This way our clients pay nothing until they get the compensation that they need. If we don’t win, then we don’t get paid.
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