If you missed work because of truck accident injuries, you may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover lost wages, as well as a variety of other damages. When a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the occupants of the car or SUV often suffer serious injuries. Many require extended stays in the hospital and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Some miss weeks or even months of work, making it difficult to pay their bills and make ends meet.
If you need compensation to cover the paychecks you missed during your recovery, the attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, may be able to help you sue for lost wages resulting from a truck accident. We can identify the liable parties, collect evidence to prove negligence, and file a liability insurance claim to recover the lost wages you need. If that does not work, we can pursue a truck accident lawsuit. You can reach our Houston legal team at 713-850-8600. Call us today for a free claim evaluation.
Who Is Responsible for My Lost Wages?
Truck accidents cases are more complex than a typical car accident case. Because of a legal construct called vicarious liability, the trucking company or corporation who owns the truck and employs the truck driver is liable for any injuries the trucker causes. As long as we can prove the truck driver caused your crash, we can hold the trucking company liable for your damages, including lost wages.
Occasionally, there are also other liable parties. This may occur if a defective part failed and caused the crash, or if a maintenance company did not properly maintain the truck. We can also hold these parties liable for their role in the crash, and collect compensation on your behalf.
How Can I Recover Current and Future Lost Wages?
Truck accident victims sometimes miss months away from their job. In the case of some serious injuries, such as brain injuries or spinal cord damage, they can never return to their previous job. This can dramatically affect your ability to make ends meet and leave you stressed out about how you will pay your bills. When we file an insurance claim to recover compensation for your accident-related damages, we send a demand letter asking for a fair settlement. This total will include salaries and commissions you missed.
If you cannot return to your previous job or have not yet returned to work, we will also help you recover compensation for future lost wages. This is possible by enlisting the help of experts in your industry, financial experts, and medical personnel who can help us understand your future prognosis. If you suffer from long-term impairments because of your injuries, we can help make up for your decreased earning capacity by requesting compensation to cover this loss.
What Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
We cannot give you an accurate value of your Texas truck accident case until we complete a full investigation into your crash. We will request your medical records, enlist the help of expert witnesses, and calculate the value of your economic and non-economic damages. Only then can we give you a good idea of how much your case.
The factors that influence the value of your case include:
- The expenses associated with your past and future medical care;
- Your current and future lost wages;
- Your future prognosis;
- Any decreases in your quality of life; and
- Pain and suffering.
Our estimated value of your case gives us a good idea of what a fair settlement looks like. This is important, because most of these cases end with an out-of-court settlement. We do not usually have to file a lawsuit to get the money you need. Instead, we file a third-party liability insurance claim with the trucking company and negotiate a fair settlement with the company’s legal team. We will not accept a settlement unless it covers your lost wages and other losses. If the trucking company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we are not afraid to take the case in front of a judge.
How Can I Talk to a Lawyer About Suing for Lost Wages After a Truck Accident in Houston?
We only have two years after the date of a truck accident to sue for lost wages, so it pays to act quickly. Call the legal team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, today at 713-850-8600 to get started. We offer free case evaluations and consultations.