What Kinds of Damages Should I Be Tracking After a Truck Accident?

February 12, 2021
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If you were seriously hurt in a large truck crash, you may have grounds for legal action. In order to have a winning claim, though, you’ll need sufficient evidence of both liability and damages. 

While a resourceful personal injury attorney can conduct a comprehensive investigation—and apply legal pressure as needed—to gather evidence, tracking many of the damages will be your responsibility as the injured party. As such, it’s wise to review the kinds of damages to which you may be entitled.

Below, you can learn about some of the most commonly sought damages that South Carolina allows claimants to pursue after they’ve been hurt in a truck accident:

1. Medical Expenses

You can include all reasonable and necessary injury-related medical expenses you incur in the settlement negotiations. In addition to hospital bills, such expenses might include the costs associated with:

  • Home care;
  • Ongoing rehabilitation;
  • Prescription medication;
  • Medical equipment; and
  • Home and vehicle modifications needed to accommodate any permanent limitations you end up facing as a result of your condition. 

2. Lost Income

Truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for all the wages they lose while out of work recovering. What’s more, those who are unable to return to the workforce at all can seek funds for lost earning capacity and lost benefits.

3. Objectively Calculable Damages

If you need help with housekeeping, meal preparation, or child care in the wake of the wreck, you can include the associated costs in your personal injury claim. As long as the replacement services are reasonably necessary, they may be considered a recoverable damage.

4. Pain and Suffering

South Carolina allows for the recovery of non-economic damages, which include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Psychological trauma;
  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Sexual dysfunction; and
  • Disfigurement.

Unlike economic damages, these kinds of losses won’t always be accompanied by receipts or invoices. You can, however, demonstrate their extent using detailed journal entries; statements from friends, loved ones, and colleagues; medical records; and psychological evaluations. 

It’s worth noting that while many successful truck accident claims yield only the compensatory damages listed above, there are a few scenarios in which a punitive award is also warranted. Generally speaking, personal injury claimants may seek punitive damages if the liable party acted with gross negligence, ill will, or malice. In cases where such awards are warranted, there is a punitive damages analysis that has to be done under the applicable statutory law. 

Discuss Your Claim with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Spartanburg  

If you are recovering from serious injuries because a trucker or motor carrier failed to exercise reasonable care, contact Hodge & Langley Law Firm. Our team has more than 50 years of collective experience in legal practice.

Should you have grounds for a claim, you can be sure we will use all the resources at our disposal to seek the compensation you need to cover your losses. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident attorney in Spartanburg.

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