If you were hurt in a truck accident in Ohio, you may have the right to pursue legal action. If the truck driver or another party caused the accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages.
As an accident victim, you are likely curious about the average semi-truck accident settlement amount. You may also wonder what factors affect your potential settlement value and how you can ensure you get the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and living expenses.
Aaron L. Bensinger of Balyeat, Leahy, Daley, Miller & Bensinger, LLC helps injury victims throughout northwest Ohio. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side will help ensure you get the justice and fair financial compensation you deserve.
Calculating the Value of Commercial Truck Accident Settlements
Every semi-truck accident is different, and every victim suffers a unique set of injuries and other damages. For this reason, we can’t easily establish an average Ohio truck settlement value. When we assist a commercial truck accident victim with their case, we calculate their claim value based on physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Depending on the type and extent of your injuries—and how those injuries might affect your future—you could be entitled to recover compensation for some or all of the following:
- Emergency medical care,
- Hospital visits and treatment,
- Physician and surgeon services,
- Medications and medical devices,
- Rehab and physical therapy,
- Lost income and benefits,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Emotional trauma.
If your injuries affect your ability to work or if you can’t resume your former job duties because of your injuries, you could be eligible for compensation for future lost income and lost earning capacity. If you suffered permanent injuries, scarring, or disability, you could also pursue compensation for diminished quality of life and other non-economic damages.
Be careful of online truck settlement value calculators because they can’t provide an accurate claim value without analyzing all the details of your case. The best way to determine what your case value might be is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Challenges of Recovering a Truck Accident Settlement
Unlike most car accident claims, commercial truck accident cases pose a unique set of challenges.
Trucking companies (and their insurance carriers) will go to great lengths to minimize their financial liability after an accident. The insurance company might request a recorded statement from you, hoping you will say something they can use to reduce your claim’s value or to deny your claim completely. Never provide a statement without consulting an attorney. Otherwise you could put your legal right to compensation at risk.
The sooner you can put a lawyer to work on your claim, the sooner they can launch an investigation and start gathering evidence. Time is of the essence, as evidence can be lost or destroyed quickly after an 18-wheeler or commercial truck crash. Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side will help protect your legal rights. An attorney will also help you fight for the maximum possible compensation.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Truck Accident Settlement?
Because every case is different, the time it takes to resolve your claim will depend on several factors.
The first step in the process is determining who was at fault for your accident. Our investigation will determine whether the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipper, the equipment manufacturer, or other parties caused or contributed to the crash. Once we identify the at-fault party, we will submit a demand to that party’s insurance company.
For most of our truck injury clients, we are able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. This is typically the preferable outcome because it gets a check into your hand as quickly as possible. If we can’t negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, we have the option of filing a lawsuit and pursuing your case in court.
Although the Ohio statute of limitations allows two years from the date of an injury accident to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney and get started on your case, the sooner you can get a resolution and settlement.
Contact an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer Today for Help
You don’t have to fight this battle on your own. Contact Aaron L. Bensinger today to learn more about your options for pursuing legal action. Aaron has extensive experience with truck accident cases, and he understands how to get the results you deserve.
A free initial consultation can help you learn more about the potential value of your Ohio truck accident settlement.
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