Broken Bones From Truck Accidents in Chicago
The sickening crunch of bones breaking during a trucking accident is an event that anyone would prefer to forget, but not many people are able to. When you realize that your injuries were caused by the carelessness of the driver or by a defective truck component, you may oscillate between feelings of rage and helplessness. Justice demands a response.
How the Process Typically Works
The process of pursuing compensation typically works something like this:
- Investigate to confirm that you have a valid claim
- Notify the insurance company of your claim
- Gather admissible evidence
- Open negotiations with the insurance company
- File a lawsuit, if necessary to push the insurance company into issuing a fair settlement offer
- Continue negotiating while the lawsuit is pending
- Go to trial if the insurance company refuses to offer an acceptable settlement
- Collect the settlement
Our Numbers Tell the Story
Pursuing compensation for a serious injury is nothing like appearing in small claims court. You must prove every fact you assert and every dime of your damages with admissible evidence. Winning at the settlement table isn’t much easier, because the defendant won’t be motivated to negotiate at all unless you are prepared to win in court otherwise.
At Malman Law, we’ve got your back, because we’ve been doing it for nearly a quarter of a century now. With us, you’re likely to avoid court and win at the settlement table, because defendants and insurance companies know about our courtroom reputation.
- We practice only personal injury law, and we only represent victims
- 95 percent of our clients walk away with compensation
- We’ve represented over 15,000 personal injury victims
- Our clients have won over $200,000,000 through our efforts
Testimonial from a Truck Accident Victim
“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 Frequently Handle
We handle the following types of truck accident claims, among others:
- 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
- Back and Neck Injuries From Truck Accidents
- Head Injuries From Truck Accidents
- Lacerations From Truck Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis From Truck Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kinds of mistakes could I make that might damage my claim?
There are many – a personal injury claim is a minefield of potential mistakes. Following are only a few:
- Lying or contradicting yourself
- Apologizing for the accident (This is no time to be polite)
- Using social media in a manner that could be used against you (uploading healthy-looking photos of yourself, for example)
What are some special considerations that apply to truck accidents?
Accidents involving commercial trucks feature certain novel legal features, such as:
- The driver is usually an independent contractor, not an employee, which means that the trucking company cannot be sued for the driver’s negligence.
- Truckers are guided by extensive regulations, the violation of which could help you win your case.
Can I claim for 'pain and suffering'?
Generally, you can claim damages for pain and suffering for most injuries. Compensation for pain and suffering is often several times higher than compensation for medical expenses. You can only claim pain and suffering damages, however, if you suffer a corresponding physical injury.
Can I still win if the accident was partly my fault?
Illinois is a “modified comparative fault” state. As long as your fault was less than the defendant’s fault, you will be entitled to at least some compensation. Your compensation will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
Either We Both Win, or We Both Lose
When you’re negotiating with a defendant or an insurance company, they are your true adversary – the more you win the more they lose. With us it’s the opposite – the more you win, the more we win. Since our fees are set as a proportion of your eventual compensation, we work for free unless you win compensation. That’s our Zero Fee Guarantee.
Don’t Let Them Get Away with It
You don’t have to lie back and accept whatever life throws at you – you can fight back. Pick up the phone and call us today, 24/7, at 1-888-836-5975. Otherwise, complete our online case intake form. Either way, we will schedule an appointment to explore your options with you. We can even come to your location if your injuries have rendered you immobile.