Anyone who has been or was recently involved in a truck wreck has not only learned how difficult life can be after having suffered physical and/or emotional injuries, but also how expensive it can be as well. The fact is, most accident victims require medical care for weeks or even months until they have reached a point of recovery and often cannot work or only work for limited periods of time. Between the costly doctor’s visits coupled with the lack of income coming in, a victim is bound to run into some financial hurdles they otherwise wouldn’t have to deal with had the driver of the truck not caused the crash.
So, what can a victim do following the occurrence of a truck accident in Jackson, MS in order to recover compensation that can make this time a little easier on them and their family?
You can file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable parties.
In order to determine which parties you are able to go after, you will need to consult with a Jackson, MS personal injury attorney who will be able to determine this. Although many victims who are seeking compensation by filing suit assume the driver is the only party they are permitted to go after, the truth is, there may be other responsible parties although it all depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. In some cases, not only are you able to pursue the driver, but also the trucking company, the mechanic who may have performed shoddy work on the vehicle, or the company who manufactured certain parts that were found to be defective which contributed to causing the crash. The only way to truly determine who you can go after and for how much is by contacting Ballard Law, PLLC.
What factors are used to determine how much should be awarded for damages in a truck accident case?
There are a few different factors we can use to determine how much money you are entitled to recover some of which include:
- Past Verdicts. We can take a look at some of the past verdicts that were reached in cases that are similar in nature to yours and see how much the victims were awarded. Although the amounts may differ as your injuries may be more severe, past verdicts will provide some insight into how much the court is likely to award in your case given it goes to trial.
- The Law. Mississippi’s personal injury laws will also come into play when determining what you are entitled to receive as the state places caps on certain types of damages. For instance, when seeking noneconomic damages for things like pain and suffering and emotional distress, the state allows victims to recover up to $1 million. Some of the things you can collect non-economic damages for include:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium,
- Bystander injury
- Physical impairment
- Injury to reputation
- Humiliation, embarrassment
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Hedonic damages
Mississippi law also allows victims to recover compensatory damages for bodily injury, although there is no cap on this. This means that you are entitled to collect any amount as long as you have justification for why you should receive what you are seeking. Some of the compensatory damages you are entitled to recover in the state of MS include:
- Present and future disability (permanent and temporary)
- Mental and physical pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages and wage-earning capacity
- Loss of limbs
Now, if you are looking for financial relief as you work toward recovering from the recent truck accident you were involved in, contact Ballard Law, PLLC to schedule an initial consultation with a Jackson, MS personal injury lawyer William E. Ballard.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201