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What Can I Be Compensated for in a Car Accident Case?

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No one ever expects to get into a car accident. In addition to physical injuries, many victims suffer car damage and lost income. Suddenly, just paying your regular bills is a struggle, as is moving on from the accident.

At the Khan Injury Law, we work regularly with accident victims like you to get compensation for your accident. Below, we look at some of the damages you can request. Each car accident claim is a little different, so reach out to our car accident lawyer for individualized advice.

Medical Bills

Accident victims can receive compensation for all medical care to treat their injuries. Medical care includes:

  • Doctor visits
  • Specialist appointments
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health counseling

In short, any necessary treatments should be covered. However, if you used health insurance to pay for your care, then your insurer probably retains a right to payment from your settlement.

If you have long-lasting injuries, you can request compensation for future medical care. Someone with an amputated limb, for example, usually needs stump surgery in the future. Or someone with permanent spinal cord damage might need ongoing rehabilitation.

Property Damage

Your car was probably wrecked in the crash. You should receive compensation to cover repairs or, if the car is totaled, a replacement. Remember, you will only receive as much as the car is worth. If you drive a 2011 Corolla, you won’t be paid to buy a new one.

Lost Wages

Car accident injuries are painful. They are also very disruptive. A bad back injury, for example, could keep you in bed for months. A broken leg could prevent you from going to work if you stand around a lot for your job.

Fortunately, you should receive compensation for lost wages. Anyone who is self-employed can also receive compensation. You’ll need to establish how much you would have made if you weren’t injured.

If you are permanently injured, you might be unable to return to your old job. For example, a surgeon with permanent nerve damage in her hand can’t operate anymore, and a new job will pay less. You can receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

The losses above are financial in nature. You can prove in dollars and cents how much you lost. Pain and suffering are a little different. These losses are harder to quantify in monetary terms. Nevertheless, you deserve some money for enduring this accident.

Pain and suffering typically cover things like:

  • Physical pain
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Inconvenience
  • Immobility or paralysis

Khan Injury Law has negotiated multiple settlements, so we have a solid grasp of how much you can receive for pain and suffering. This is often hotly contested, and insurers try to limit the amount they pay out.

Let’s Get Started

The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Our car accident attorneys can help you document your injuries and start the claims process. Contact us today.

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After a Semi Truck Accident, Who Can You Sue for Compensation?

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Semi-truck accidents typically cause serious injuries. Our clients have sizeable medical bills and often can’t get back to work. At Khan Injury Law, we work overtime to get our clients compensation for their injuries.

Truck accidents are slightly different from regular car crashes. In a semi-truck accident, several individuals might be responsible for the crash. If they are, then the law says they are “liable” and they must pay you compensation.

Who Can You Sue After A Truck Accident?

Truck Driver

Truckers owe a duty of care to other people on the road. They can violate this duty of care whenever they drive negligently or recklessly. Some common examples of unreasonable driving include:

  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving while chemically impaired
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Tailgating
  • Texting and driving

Even if the trucker doesn’t want to admit liability for the crash, there are ways to check if they were careless. For example, we might get their cell phone records, which show whether they were on the phone at the moment of the crash. The semi-truck might also have electronic data which can show the speed and how long the truck was in motion.

Trucking Company

Trucking companies are often liable for accidents involving their trucks. There are different bases for suing them:

  • Vicarious liability. Employers are automatically liable when their employees injure people while working. You would sue both the trucker and his employer.
  • Poorly maintained fleet. The trucking company might put a dangerous truck in service without properly maintaining it.
  • Failure to screen drivers. Trucking companies must properly screen drivers before hiring them. Federal law requires physical exams and pre-employment drug tests. The trucking company should also pull a criminal history report and contact prior employers.
  • Failure to supervise. Trucking companies should remove dangerous drivers from the road. If they don’t, they can be liable when the trucker gets into another wreck.

Loading Company

Some truck accidents stem from unbalanced or heavy loads in the trailer. For example, a shifting load can lead to a rollover accident. The loading company might be responsible if they overloaded the truck or failed to properly secure cargo.

Truck Mechanic

Mechanics must perform their jobs carefully. A negligent mechanic might do shoddy work or fail to detect problems with a semi-truck. For example, a mechanic might fail to see if the brakes are worn and need to be replaced. If the truck crashes due to brake failure, then the mechanic could be liable.

Truck Manufacturer

Some trucks are dangerous as soon as they leave the assembly line. For example, defective materials or designs could make the truck unacceptably dangerous. Any component part on the truck could be defective as well.

When defects contribute to wrecks, you can typically sue the truck manufacturer and/or the manufacturer for the defective part.

Contact Us as Soon as Possible

Seattle truck accident lawyer Khalil Khan is eager to analyze your case to identify all possible defendants. Contact Khan Injury Law to get started.