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America's Trucker ShortageA Fort Worth truck accident victim can pursue a claim for financial compensation against the trucking company and driver who caused the collision. Every accident – and every accident victim – is unique. No two cases are the same. The determination of how much money someone who has been injured in a Fort Worth truck accident will receive depends on a variety of factors, including if they have a good  personal injury lawyer skilled at investigating the wreck, developing the case, working with medical professionals, and presenting critical evidence to the judge and jury. Damages in a personal injury case are broken down into two main types: those that are economic and non-economic. Economic Damages Economic damages, also referred to as special damages, can be easily quantified by determining the actual amount of out-of-pocket money an accident victim had to spend or through accurate forecasting. But like with everything in the law, there are exceptions to every rule. For example, if a person is covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, or if they are self-employed or salaried, the calculations can be difficult. The following are the major types of economic damages:
  • Past medical expenses – All reasonable and necessary costs associated with a crash can be recovered. This includes bills related to emergency room treatment, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, medications, and transportation to and from all necessary medical appointments.
  • Future medical costs – Accident victims can recover compensation for the medical treatment that they will need in the future. In some cases, expert medical witnesses are necessary to accurately determine the future cost of care, especially surgeries.
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity – When someone is injured in a Fort Worth truck accident, they will often miss a significant amount of work. When they are finally able to return to work, they may no longer be able to perform the necessary duties of their former position due to their injuries or disability. Accident victims can recover for both lost wages and benefits and a decrease in earning capacity.

I just had the pleasure of meeting with one of my clients to deliver his settlement check after settling his case against an 18-wheeler driver who rear ended him. I fought to get him a huge settlement and he was obviously very pleased with the results. The amount of the settlement is confidential at the request of the company's attorneys. This is a picture of my client being treated by paramedics at the scene. My client was at a complete stop in heavy traffic on North Freeway when out of nowhere, a huge tractor-trailer smashed into the back of his small car. He had to be rushed to the emergency room by ambulance and performed physical therapy for about a month after his wreck. Fortunately, he did not sustain any major threatening injuries, but I was still able to make the insurance company pay him a lot of money. I threatened to file a lawsuit after their insulting first offer and made them increase their offer substantially.

I am happy to report that I just met with a client to hand him a large check. Last year an tractor trailer had passed this gentleman on I30, changed lanes, and caused him to run into a wall. Then the trucker claimed that my client had changed lanes into his 18 wheeler. I sued and made the trucking company pay my client a large amount of money. And I got him even more money when I was able to make medical providers greatly reduce their outstanding medical bills. My client said that he was "extremely happy." Here are some similar results.

I was recently hired by a woman who was run off the road when an 18 wheeler suddenly moved into her lane. She was able to avoid getting hit by the truck, but she lost control of her vehicle, drove off the road, and did a complete flip before coming to a stop in a field. My client and her grandson were rushed by ambulance to the local hospital for treatment of their injuries. They are currently being treated by a doctor and one may require surgery. On the surface, this should have a pretty routine case: clear liability, significant property damage, and medical bills to date of $10,000.00. But as is often the case with 18 wheeler wrecks, things weren't as simple as they should be. The first problem was getting a police report to find the insurance company for the truck. Because the wreck was in a remote part of west Texas, the Texas Highway Patrol investigated and it took them more than two weeks to finish the report. When it was finally ready, I had one of my assistants drive to Hurst to pick it up within the hour. Unfortunately, the insurance company listed on the report was not correct, but after several phone calls, I did get to the right company. After my staff set up the claim, we thought we were okay, but then we got an e-mail saying that the tractor (the front part of the 18-wheeler) was not insured by that company. We chased down a different company, which denied coverage. Sadly, my client did not carry rental coverage or collision coverage on her policy, and because there was no impact between the vehicles, she could not file on her Uninsured Motorist coverage. She was starting to think that there was not going to be any insurance coverage, and she was going to be left with all of her bills unpaid and no car. She was ready to give up. I was not. I told her that I always go the distance for my clients and was going to make sure she was compensated. By the time we got the denial from the carrier, the adjuster at the first company had gone out of town for the week. My staff left four unreturned phone messages for different people there. I finally got the adjuster's supervisor's manager on the phone, and he said it could be two or three more weeks before they could make a coverage and liability decision. It had been 40 days since the wreck, and I was tired of the way they were treating my client, so I prepared a lawsuit and mailed it to them with a letter advising that it it didn't accept liability and pay for my client's vehicle, I would file suit immediately. Less than an hour after my letter was faxed, I got a phone call from the backup adjuster saying that not only was there coverage, but even before she could determine liability, she was willing to provide a rental car to my client. The next day, the company accepted liability. We got her a substantial settlement. The amount is confidential, but our client was extremely happy with the result. If you want an attorney who really cares about his clients and doesn't let insurance companies give clients the runaround, call my office today at 817-885-8000. I will take the time to get to know your case and make sure you get the maximum recovery. My firm only represents people injured truck and automobile collisions     Click here to see what past clients had to say about me and my firm.
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