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What Kinds of Damages Can You Include in a Truck Accident Claim?


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Truck accidents can result in devastating injuries and significant financial losses. If you have been involved in such a crash, it's crucial to understand the types of damages you can include in your claim, so you seek every dollar you deserve. Let’s take a look at some of the most common losses that are included in truck accident claims:


1. Medical Expenses


One of the primary damages you can include in a truck accident claim is your medical expenses. This includes the cost of emergency medical care, hospital stays, surgeries, diagnostic tests, medications, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any ongoing medical treatment related to your injuries. Be sure to keep track of all your medical bills and documentation to support your claim.


2. Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity


If your injuries prevent you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This includes both the income you have already lost due to your inability to work and any future earnings you may miss out on due to ongoing injuries or disabilities. If your injuries have impacted your ability to pursue your previous occupation or career advancement, you may also be eligible for compensation for loss of earning capacity.


3. Pain and Suffering


Truck accidents can cause considerable emotional distress and physical pain. Compensation for pain and suffering aims to provide financial relief for the physical and mental anguish you have endured due to the accident and its aftermath. These damages are more challenging to quantify but can be significant, depending on the severity of your injuries and their long-term impact on your quality of life.


4. Emotional Distress and Mental Health Treatment


Serious truck accidents can lead to emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Damages for emotional distress may cover the cost of therapy, counseling, medication, and other necessary treatments to address the psychological impact of the accident. It's important to document your mental health struggles and seek appropriate medical help.


5. Property Damage


If your vehicle or personal property was damaged in the truck accident, you can seek compensation for the cost of repair or replacement. Provide documentation such as repair estimates or receipts to support your claim for property damage.


6. Loss of Consortium


In some cases, a truck accident can result in the loss of companionship, support, or intimacy with your spouse or partner. Damages for loss of consortium aim to compensate for the impact on your relationship and the loss of these intangible benefits.


7. Punitive Damages


In cases involving extreme negligence or intentional misconduct by the truck driver or trucking company, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior in the future. However, they are only awarded in exceptional circumstances.


Call 855-585-2969 to Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney in New York


If your life was forever changed after getting hurt in a large truck crash, you deserve justice. For help holding the liable parties accountable, turn to Leitner Varughese.


Our team provides compassionate counsel and aggressive representation to accident victims throughout New York City, Long Island, and the rest of the state. Call 855-585-2969 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer in New York.

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