What Kind of Compensation Can I Get After a Truck Accident in Chicago?

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

What Kind of Compensation Can I Get After a Truck Accident in Chicago?

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

When you’re involved in a truck accident, the emotional and physical trauma can be immense. This unfortunate situation in Chicago is becoming common. However, beyond the initial shock, it’s essential to consider the legal aspects of the incident. Our experienced Chicago truck accident lawyers from Malman Law would like to share insights on what kind of compensation victims can expect in such scenarios.

1. Medical Bills: The foremost concern after any accident is to ensure you receive the necessary medical attention. Given the sheer size and weight of trucks, the injuries sustained from such an accident can be severe. Even if you feel relatively fine, it’s crucial to get checked out, as some injuries manifest symptoms later. You can be compensated for all related medical expenses, including surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and even long-term treatment if necessary.

2. Lost Wages: An accident doesn’t just hurt physically but can put a dent in your finances too. If you’re unable to work due to injuries, or if you have to take time off for medical appointments, the lost income adds up. Thankfully, the law recognizes this and allows victims to recover compensation for both current and future lost wages. Having an expert lawyer on your side will ensure you’ll maximize your compensation.

3. Property Damage: If your vehicle got damaged in the truck accident, which is often the case, compensation for repairs or replacement can be sought. Additionally, if any personal property like a laptop or cellphone was damaged, that too can be included in your claim.

4. Pain and Suffering: The physical pain is tangible and evident, but emotional and psychological traumas are equally real, albeit harder to quantify. Chicago laws allow victims to claim compensation for pain and suffering, which includes emotional distress, trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

5. Disability and Disfigurement: Some accidents are so severe they leave lasting scars or disabilities. If the accident results in a long-term or permanent disability or any form of disfigurement, the compensation can cover not just the medical treatment but also the profound impact it has on the victim’s life quality.

6. Wrongful Death: It’s a somber thought, but fatal truck accidents do happen. In such situations, the family of the deceased can claim compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, future lost wages, and more. Our wrongful death lawyers can help you with this specific situation.

Navigating the Claim Process

While knowing what you can claim is crucial, understanding how to go about it is equally important. From my experience, a few steps stood out as essential:

  • Documentation: From police reports to medical bills, keep every bit of paper or digital record related to the accident. Photographs of the accident scene, injuries, and damages can also be invaluable.
  • Hiring an Attorney: Given the complexities surrounding truck accidents – multiple involved parties, insurance companies, federal and state regulations – having a seasoned truck accident attorney from our law firm on your side can make a significant difference. We can guide you, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure you receive the rightful compensation.
  • Be Wary of Quick Settlements: Insurance companies might approach you with quick settlement offers. While it might be tempting to put the ordeal behind you, it’s essential to ensure that the settlement covers all your current and future expenses related to the accident.

Truck accidents are traumatic, but you don’t have to navigate their aftermath alone. Understanding your rights and the compensation you’re entitled to is the first step towards healing and reclaiming your life. And remember, while no amount of money can truly make up for the distress and pain, it can certainly ease the financial burden and offer some semblance of justice.

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by President and Founder, Steven J. Malman who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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