If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident in South Carolina, the law says you may be “made whole” by the driver, trucking company or others responsible for causing your crash through their negligence or wrongdoing. Being made whole means that you may be compensated for both economic and non-economic damages.
It is important to understand exactly what you should be compensated for after a truck accident because you may face pressure from the insurance company or trucking company to settle your case for a lowball offer. You don’t want to sign any paperwork or accept any settlement until you are certain you’ve received fair compensation for all covered losses.
At Joye Law Firm, our truck accident lawyers can help you to understand the types of compensation you may be entitled to, and we can help you recover fair compensation through settlement negotiations or litigation.
Call Joye Law Firm now or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation to learn about the compensation you should receive after a truck accident.
Compensation for a Truck Accident in South Carolina
Some of the types of compensation you may recover after a truck accident include:
- Medical bills and costs – This includes bills incurred to date, future medical expenses and treatment costs, and related expenses such as the cost of transportation to doctors’ appointments. If you require nursing care or adaptive devices to use in your home, this may be covered as well.
- Lost income – When you miss work, take sick time, are forced to go on vacation or take a leave of absence, you may receive compensation for lost income. Often, injuries suffered in truck accidents are permanent and either make it impossible to work or reduce your earning capacity. If this happens, you may be compensated for the wages that the accident will prevent you from earning over the rest of your working life.
- Pain and suffering – This is a type of non-economic or non-compensatory damage that you may receive to make up for the discomfort that the accident caused.
- Emotional distress – If your accident or your injuries caused post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or other emotional problems, you may receive compensation for the emotional harm that you have experienced.
- Lost enjoyment of life – When injuries are serious or permanent and prevent you from doing what you love, you may receive compensation for loss of enjoyment.
- Property damage – This includes the cost to repair or replace your vehicle and damage to any items that were in your vehicle.
- Punitive damages – In certain cases, such as when there was egregious negligence or intentional wrongdoing, punitive damages may also be available. Punitive damages are designed to punish or deter the defendant from engaging in future wrongful behavior. The amount of compensation depends on the defendant’s behavior and the available funds.
After being injured in a South Carolina truck accident, it is your obligation to prove the extent of your losses and to demonstrate how badly you were harmed. You may need expert witnesses to testify on expected future medical expenses and on what your compensation likely would have been over the course of your career.
At Joye Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys can help you to gather the necessary proof of your losses. Call Joye Law Firm or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help you to get reimbursement for your truck accident injuries.