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Although you may assume that crashes with semi-trucks and the insurance claims that follow with are similar to other vehicles on the road, they are actually very different. Unlike other vehicles, commercial trucks must follow the standards of the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which dictate commercial driver’s licenses and truck maintenance, among other things. Their insurance policies are usually worth more, causing insurance carriers to do anything they can to escape liability. Also, the injuries and damages that arise from trucking accidents are typically more severe.

For all of these reasons and more, it is essential to have a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in representing victims of commercial truck accidents. An attorney can help you in dealing with your injuries after the crash and in seeking the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. 

Get Medical Attention

If you are not taken to the emergency room via ambulance after your truck accident, you should consider having someone else take you. If you do not feel that your injuries are severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, go to an urgent care or see your own doctor as soon as possible. While some injuries after a crash may not reveal themselves for days or weeks to come, it is crucial that your injuries get documented as soon as possible. 

Now is not the time to downplay your pain and play tough. Medical professionals must document your injuries and pain associated with the accident along with a diagnosis and what was done to aid your recovery, or the insurance company will see it as though the injury never even happened.

How to Deal with Your Injuries to Improve Your Case

How you deal with your injuries after a crash with a big rig can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Keep in mind that the insurance company for the truck driver will have access to your medical records. Your personal injury attorney can also provide them with additional evidence showing the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. You should be sure that you:

  • Have all of your injuries and complaints documented in your medical record, especially in the emergency room 
  • Keep copies of your medical records, bills, and any other documentation given to you by the hospital or medical providers
  • Follow the advice of your doctors and other medical professionals, if you do not the insurance company might be led to believe that your injuries are not as serious as they seem
  • Take pictures of your injuries such as swelling, bruises or cuts, as well as anything medical treatments needed such as stitches, casts, and braces

After a Truck Accident, Turn to a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Who Can Help

Just as you need doctors and other healthcare professionals for your injuries after an accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover financially from your injuries and property damage. Injured individuals who hire an attorney often receive higher settlements than those who do not. Let our team go to work protecting your rights. 

For your free no-obligation consultation, reach out to Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form. 

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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