Westminster Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is one that leaves victims with lifelong health issues or disabilities. Victims who suffer these types of injuries are often left facing significant medical expenses, taking significant time off work or are left with no way to earn a livelihood because of their disabilities.
If a negligent truck driver caused a catastrophic injury, injured victims can seek compensation from the driver and his or her employer for the damages caused. An experienced Westminster truck accident attorney can help catastrophically injured victims better understand their legal rights and options.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
There are several types of major or catastrophic injuries that may be sustained in a Westminster truck accident.
Traumatic brain injury: Auto accidents are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. A brain injury occurs when there is impact to the head. In truck accidents, there is likely to be intrusion or blunt force trauma depending on the nature of the accident. For example, severe head injuries are common in truck underride accidents where the smaller vehicle slides under the back or side of the trailer. Traumatic brain injuries can be challenging to treat. Victims often undergo multiple surgeries, extensive rehabilitation and therapy. Some of them may even require full-time care 24/7. The cost of a traumatic brain injury can add up to millions of dollars over the lifetime of the victim.
Spinal cord damage: A severe spinal cord injury will usually result in paralysis. Quadriplegia or paraplegia are common consequences of such truck accident injuries. Victims are left with lifelong disabilities in addition to undergoing significant medical treatment and rehabilitation. Injured victims may have to be hospitalized for weeks or even months. Those who are paralyzed may need specialized equipment. All of these costs could add up very quickly.
Fractures: Broken bones can result in serious injuries. Depending on the type of fracture, it could take a long time for the victim to recover. Even a so-called minor fracture or hairline crack may require several physical therapy sessions. When there is a serious fracture, the victim will most likely need several months of therapy or rehabilitation in order to regain strength and mobility.
Limb amputations: This refers to a limb that may have to be amputated as a result of serious injuries that may be suffered in a Westminster truck accident. Amputations of course have lifelong consequences for the victim. For example, he or she may never be able to return to his or her old job or remain involved in activities enjoyed prior to the accident.
Damages That Can Be Claimed
Injured Westminster truck accident victims can seek compensation for damages including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Cost of hospitalization
- Physical therapy
- Vocational training
- Loss of ability to earn a livelihood
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Who Can Be Held Liable
In truck accident cases, the truck driver who caused the accident and his or her employer, the trucking or distribution company, can be held liable for the victim's injuries, damages and losses. It would be in the victim's best interest not to rush to a settlement or take the first offer from the insurance company. Trucking companies have powerful insurance companies and defense lawyers on their side who will do everything it takes to protect their best interests.
Our experienced Westminster truck accident lawyer at Bisnar Chase has helped a number of victims who have been catastrophically injured in truck accidents hold the negligent party accountable and obtain fair compensation for their losses. Please call us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.