Personal injury cases can be stressful. Most of the time, injury lawsuits are filed in civil court. If you have never had a run-in with the courts before, you might be scared about what to expect and concerned if you will receive the compensation you believe you deserve for your injuries. However, you may not have known that most personal injury cases end in an information settlement, which help both parties (you, the victim, and the truck driver, the defendant) save time and money. Most often, they are settled using techniques like alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and arbitration, mediation, or negotiation.
Pros and Cons
Of course, as with any method that is used during your battle to seek damages, you may find that there are upsides and downsides. One of the positive aspects to settlement, specifically ADR, is that you will save money when you choose not to go through court. Both parties are able to present their positions and rationally discuss the issues in the case to seek the best outcome. They can even receive the opinion of a third party, which will give you a better idea of what to expect if you went to court over the matters.
However, as with anything, there are also downsides. In some cases, you may actually give up the right to take an action in court if you choose to work toward a settlement. This is something to think about because you could find that you receive much less than what you could have received if you had just taken your case to court.
What is Your Case Worth and Who Pays?
No two truck accidents are the same. You may have researched a variety of truck accidents to determine what you will receive in damages in your truck accident case but, the truth is, two truck accidents could be very similar and you will still receive differences in damages. Economic damages are awarded in four areas most of the time: medical expenses incurred, future medical costs, loss of wages incurred, and future loss of wages. These damages, however, will depend upon many different aspects, such as the nature of your injuries, the type of medical treatment you received, length of your treatment, and the time that you have lost at work. For example: Somebody could receive what they believe to be minor injuries, but it could keep them from working for quite some time.
There are many parties that could be responsible for a truck accident, which is where the trouble comes in for many people wishing to bring suit. If you can determine who was responsible, from the employer or trucking company, to the manufacturer or the actual driver, you can bring a successful case and obtain the damages that are owed to you.
To begin, it is ideal that you seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. At Accident Law Group, we have the skill to navigate every aspect of your truck accident case and get you the results you deserve. Call us today at 602-262-4254 for more information.