Back and Neck Injuries from Truck Accidents in Chicago
Thousands of people suffer serious back and neck injuries in truck accidents every year. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Herniated discs
- Slipped discs
- Ruptured discs
- Chronic back pain
Back and neck injuries present certain problems that distinguish them from other types of truck accident injuries. For example, some of these injuries take time to manifest symptoms, tempting the victim to delay medical treatment. In many cases, long-term chronic pain is the result, making it critical to accurately forecast future medical needs before filing a compensation claim.
Call the Personal Injury Professionals
Attempting to represent yourself in a serious personal injury claim is legal, but it is not much better of an idea than attempting to perform surgery on yourself. Maximizing your chances of winning a Chicago personal injury claim in court or at the settlement table is likely to require the type of expertise that is gained through decades of experience resolving such claims.
Decades of experience is exactly what we have to offer at Malman Law. The numbers tell our story quite effectively:
- We have been practicing personal injury law (exclusively) since 1994
- We have helped over 15,000 clients win over $200,000,000
- Our victory rate is 95 percent
- Although well over 90 percent of our clients receive private settlements, our trial record is spectacular
- We have won numerous multimillion dollar awards for our clients
“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client
Types of Truck Accident Claims We Handle
Each type of truck accident claim involves its own nuances, and we handle all of them:
- Truck Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
- Truck Accidents Due to DUI
- Truck Accidents Due to Driver Fatigue
- Truck Accidents Due to Driver Error
- Truck Accidents Due to Faulty Truck Design
- Broken Bones From Truck Accidents
- Head Injuries From Truck Accidents
- Lacerations From Truck Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis From Truck Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I sue the trucking company for the driver’s negligence?
It all depends on whether the driver was an employee of the company at the time of the accident. The company cannot be sued for the driver’s negligence unless it actually employed the driver. Most commercial truckers are independent contractors, and independent contractors are not employees.
How much is my claim worth?
That is impossible to say without examining the details of your case. However, the broad categories of compensation include:
- Medical expenses (including anticipated future medical expenses)
- Lost earnings
- Incidental expenses
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish and other intangible damages
- Punitive damages, if the driver’s conduct was outrageous
Wrongful death damages are available as an alternative if the victim died (but punitive damages will be unavailable).
Are there special regulations that apply to truckers?
Yes. Truckers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and by the state of Illinois. This could be helpful to your case. If you can prove that the driver violated a safety regulation, it may be a way for you to win your case. However, proving the violation of a safety regulation is not enough on its own. You must also prove causation, and you must prove that the regulatory violation added up to negligence.
Can a truck’s 'black box' help me win my claim?
Perhaps. A truck’s “18-wheeler “black box”” records:
- average speed;
- maximum speed;
- times that cruise control was used;
- braking times; and
- other relevant information.
This information can be demanded from the defendant and used as evidence in court to reconstruct the accident.
We Don’t Fool around with “Billable Hours” – You Only Pay Us If You Win
You don’t need to wonder where you are going to find the money to retain Chicago’s top personal injury law firm, because we charge no fees until your case is completed. And if you receive no compensation, we won’t bill you a dime. Our fees are calculated as a percentage of your compensation, if and only if you actually receive compensation. That is our Zero Fee Guarantee.
We represent clients from all over Chicago and beyond. If you suffered a back or neck injury in a truck accident, call us immediately at 1-888-836-5975 or fill out our online case information form so that we can set up an appointment to meet and discuss your case. We are available 24/7, and we will come to you if you can’t come to us.