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How are damages determined for serious physical injuries or death in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident?
The ultimate goal in compensating the victim in a semi-truck accident is restitution – to return them to their state before the accident occurred. After a debilitating accident it may be impossible to completely restore a person’s health, working capacity, and psychological state. Truck accident damages are determined in two categories – economic and non-economic. Examples of economic damages that are compensable from the at-fault driver are medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages are hard to estimate and can include the emotional and psychological toll on the victim of a traumatic accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck.
I was in an accident and the other vehicle was a semi-truck. What do I do now?
First and foremost, seek medical treatment for your injuries. Also, contact a truck accident attorney . The trucking company will have experienced attorneys and insurance adjusters who want to limit your claim as much as possible. They are not acting in your best interest. Often times, accidents with semi-trucks are caused by fatigue on the part of the truck driver. This is negligence and you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
I was hit by a commercial vehicle and their insurance company wants a statement from me. Do I have to give one?
No you are not required to give a statement to the commercial vehicle’s insurance company. Actually, it is normally not in your best interest to give a statement to the insurance provider of the commercial vehicle before talking to a truck accident attorney.
Can truck drivers use hand-held cell phones when driving?
No, as of January 2012 all commercial drivers are prohibited from using phones not equipped with a hands-free device. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended passed “Final Rule: Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones”, prohibiting truck drivers from:Drivers who violate the rule can face a federal fine of up to $2,750 and have their commercial driver license revoked after multiple offenses.
How are traffic accidents involving 18-wheeler and semi-trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars in Florida?
Accidents involving 18 wheeler and semi-trucks are typically much more catastrophic than accidents between comparably-sized cars. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds while the typical car weighs only about 3,000 pounds. The laws of physics dictate that a collision with a large truck can be disastrous, often resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. Also, semi-trucks may carry dangerous or hazardous materials that may compound the severity of the accident.
I found the Social Security Administration's Blue Book online. I see all of the impairments that qualify a person for disability, but mine isn't included. Can I still file a claim?
Yes. Even if your impairment isn't listed on the Social Security website, they will still consider your claim if it interferes with your ability to work.
My leg is broken and I can't work as a construction worker, which I've done my whole life. Can I claim disability benefits?
Probably not. A "disability" means that you have a medically verified injury, illness, or condition that keeps you from doing any work. This means that if you can perform sedentary work, you can't receive disability. A person with a broken leg could still work while sitting down, so they are not qualified to get benefits.
My son was in a car accident when he was 19 years old and sustained a traumatic brain injury. I am his primary source of care. Can I collect disability benefits to help pay for his medical care?
If your child is unable to work because of his traumatic brain injury, he can apply for disability benefits. His disability began before his 22nd birthday, so he is eligible for benefits without having work credits.
My chiropractor tells me that my neck and back injuries are keeping me from returning to work. Can I file a claim for Social Security Disability?
Not based on this assessment alone. The SSA doesn't consider chiropractor evaluations to be enough evidence to prove a disability. In this case, MRIs and other medical evidence provided by medical doctors and treating physicians would greatly improve the chances of receiving benefits.
I have severe depression that keeps me from leaving my home for days at a time. Can I get benefits?
Possibly. This condition certainly keeps a person from working, but it might not be enough to meet the requirements of your disability insurance plan or those outlined by the Social Security Administration.