When you are hurt in a Texas truck accident, the negligent truck driver and trucking company are responsible for fully compensating you for your injuries. In Texas, you are entitled to two types of damages: economic and non-economic compensation. It is important to understand what is included in each category so that you ask for—and receive—all that you deserve in your settlement.
What Are Economic Damages?
Economic damages are those that can be quantified or documented and are generally calculated based on bills or other records. They can include both past and future losses. The following types of compensation are included in economic losses:
You are entitled to be compensated for surgery, doctor’s visits, hospitalization, physical therapy, medications, and any other medical treatment that is necessary to treat your injuries.
This includes the cost to repair or replace your vehicle and any property inside it that was damaged in the accident.
The negligent trucker and trucking company are responsible for compensating you for your lost wages and benefits, such as commissions, bonuses, and lost sick and vacation leave time. If you are permanently disabled or your earning capacity will be otherwise affected by your injuries, you could also receive loss of earning capacity damages to reimburse you for future wage losses.
You May Also Receive These Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are the types of damages that are not easily quantified, and there is no precise dollar amount to apply. You need the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney to value this portion of your claim. This type of compensation may include:
Pain and suffering.
This is to compensate you for the pain and suffering you experienced from your injuries and during the course of your medical treatment.
If you suffer with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other emotional pain from the truck crash and your injuries, you may be entitled to mental anguish compensation.
Loss of consortium.
Loss of consortium damages compensate you for the negative impact your injuries have had on your relationships with your spouse and other close family members.
If your injuries are severe, they may cause permanent scarring or disfigurement. You are entitled to damages for the physical and emotional injuries you suffer as a result.
Loss of enjoyment of life.
Have your injuries caused you to lose interest in activities, hobbies, or relationships that you enjoyed before your 18-wheeler truck accident? If so, you may be entitled to this type of compensation.
Our experienced truck accident attorneys have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured truck accident victims in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Mid-Cities area. To learn about your rights to compensation and how we can assist you, contact us online or call our office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.