Truck Accident Settlements and Verdicts
Atlanta is a significant economic hub for commercial trucking. Thousands of trucks make their way in and out of the region each day, carrying all types of cargo.
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Each year, there are thousands of serious truck accidents in Georgia. Truck wrecks can cause huge devastation and injure many people. If you or a loved one was harmed in a bad truck accident, you deserve to recover full compensation for all of your injuries. Large truck accident settlements are difficult to achieve. In order to maximize your recovery, you will need legal counsel that knows how to successfully litigate these challenging cases against the careless truck drivers and their employers that harmed you. Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC has over 33 years of experience recovering damages for those hurt in horrible truck accidents. Our Atlanta truck accident lawyers can help make you whole again if you have been hurt by a truck in Atlanta, Fulton County, Dekalb County, Clayton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, or throughout Georgia.
Do not delay to call us to discuss your injuries with an experienced attorney. Commercial truck accident settlements can help get your life back on track. Call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (404) 419-6674 or online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.
Damages That You Can Seek After A Truck Accident
An experienced truck accident lawyer knows that 18-wheeler accident settlements must be significant enough to help the victim get his or her life back on track as soon as possible. Your damages are likely much more than your medical bills and auto repair expenses. Obtaining the settlement that you deserve requires a thorough evaluation of every harm that you have suffered, or will suffer in the future, due to the wreck. When you hire us, our goal isn’t to just get your bills covered like those attorneys that advertise on billboards and buses.
Instead, we strive to recover complete compensation for you that includes:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
Medical bills after a horrible auto wreck can be enormous, and you will likely need medical attention for your injuries long into the future. You need to recover the costs of future surgeries and therapy needs.
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
An accident with a truck can keep you out of work for weeks or months, and you might lose your ability to earn a better income in the future. Your lawyer will have to know a lot about seeking temporary or permanent disability income for you.
- Pain and suffering
Georgia law allows for you to seek damages for non-economic injuries that cannot be easily calculated, such as pain and suffering.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
It can be a long time until your life returns to normal. Sometimes, it’s never the same after an accident. Our lawyers consider these factors when we measure a client’s damages after a truck accident.
- Property damage
You must be compensated for damages to your car or any other property that was harmed by your truck wreck.
Damages Your Family Can Recover In A Wrongful Death Claim
Truck accidents often cause death. There are hundreds of victims who are killed in bad truck wrecks every year in Georgia. If someone you love was killed by a truck, you can pursue a wrongful death truck settlement. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury actions in that the surviving family members must demonstrate that the trucker was negligent in order to recover compensation. Wrongful death claims can be brought by spouses, parents, children, or other dependents. If you need an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit after your loved one was killed in a truck accident, we can help you recover damages for:
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of guidance and nurturing
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of benefits
You might also be able to seek compensation through a survival claim in addition to a wrongful death claim. Survival claims are just like personal injury claims that the deceased person could have filed after the wreck, but did not get the chance to file due to their untimely death. A survival action is brought by a representative of the estate. It can enable the estate to recover damages such as medical expenses or lost wages that the deceased person incurred after the accident, prior to their death.
The Statute Of Limitations Affects Your Settlement Or Verdict For Damages
Georgia statute of limitations laws require personal injury claims to be filed within two years of the injury. If the claim is not filed within that period, it risks being thrown out of court. Wrongful death actions must also be filed within two years of the date of death. These laws enable trucking companies and their drivers to not worry about a lawsuit from a crash that happened many years ago. That said, there are some exceptions to statute of limitations laws. For example, if your injury doesn’t appear until several years after the collision, and your attorney can prove that it was caused by the collision, sometimes the statute of limitations can be extended. Exceptions like these are difficult to prove, so you will need an experienced injury or wrongful death lawyer on your team.
Many people think that two years is more than enough time to decide whether they need to hire a lawyer and sue. That is a dangerous assumption. All truck accident cases take a significant amount of time to evaluate, and the trucking companies will try to induce you to miss the statute of limitations by dangling low settlement offers in front of you. Your lawyer will need months to a year to develop your case in order to maximize your settlement. Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to obtain large recoveries for our clients. The insurance companies know that we have significant trial experience, and we are ready to litigate your case to trial if they do not reasonably negotiate with us.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help You
Trucking companies must pay you and your family sufficient compensation when their negligence caused a devastating wreck that injured you. Your medical bills will be huge, and you might lose your ability to work and earn a living. Trucking companies and their insurers want to pay you as little as they can, and they hire many experienced lawyers to help them achieve that goal. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we understand that truck accident settlements are only possible if your attorney has prepared the strongest possible case for you. Your life can be completely turned upside down after a truck accident. Your lawyer must know how to get you the most help that you need during this difficult time.
Given the many technical aspects of a truck accident, and our state’s statute of limitations, it’s important to seek experienced truck accident legal counsel without delay. If you would like to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer about how our office can help you on a contingency fee basis, call us today at (404) 419-6674 or through our online form.