Back & Neck Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents
Due to the special makeup of the human body, back and neck injuries are quite common in truck accidents. They do not have a lot of guarding from muscles or fat and, therefore, are quite delicate portions of the human system. Thus, just a minor incident can trigger a serious harm with long-term health consequences to the victim.
If this happened to you or a family member, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can bring a claim for relief on your behalf in Illinois. We can represent you in a way that secures all available compensation under the law.
Keep reading the following sections to learn about important topics related to truck accident lawsuits. Then, call our offices and begin the path to relief.
Back and Neck Injuries Suffered in Semi-Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are particularly violent events. They leave all parts of the body subject to serious injury. Damage to the neck and back is especially common. Our team works with victims that have suffered these injuries from truck crashes. We see the impact it has on their life.
They generally come about due to the speed of the collision. The trucks and other vehicles are going at such fast speeds that when they stop the inertia pushes people forward.
Then, they slam into something within the car or truck and sprain, strain, or break something. Here are some common back and neck injuries that people experience from truck accidents across Illinois:
- Herniated Disc: Herniated discs are one of the most serious problems that can emerge from a truck accident. It occurs when something bad happens in the cushion between the bones in the spine. If the cushion juts out or tears, then you will probably have a herniated disk and will most likely experience pain.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a condition that happens when the neck and head are quickly thrust back and forth. It causes pain throughout the general region of the body and can manifest in several different ways.
- Sprain/Strain: Truck accident victims strain their back or neck when they damage tendons, muscles, or parts of the body that connect tendons or muscles. They sprain their back or back when they damage tissues that connect bones in that area.
These are various injuries but there are other ways in which you can injure your back and neck in a truck crash. Plus, there are so many symptoms that it makes pinpointing what you have difficult.
For instance, you might feel very tired, have a hard time sleeping, get dizzy, have a headache, or feel other side effects. To figure out what type of neck or back injury you sustained following an Illinois truck accident, consult your personal physician.
Claims for Back and Neck Injuries from Illinois Truck Accidents
Nearly all of your claims in Illinois for back and neck injuries from truck accidents will be for negligence. This means you must show that the defendant acted unreasonably and you suffered as a result.
For instance, if the truck driver cut you off or rear-ended ended you and that caused your herniated disk or neck sprain, then you could potentially sue the driver for negligence. However, there are some important caveats.
First, you must show exactly how the defendant’s misconduct led to your injuries because the defendant will try and come back and say that it was your fault, someone else’s fault, or act of nature.
Second, you must show actual damages such as medical bills, lost income, or reduced quality of life (such as pain and suffering).
Third, you must file your case within two years of the accident or when you reasonably discovered your injuries
The Value of Back and Neck Injury Claims from a Commercial Truck Crash
“What is my case worth?” We know that this is probably what is centrally on your mind if you have been injured in a truck accident. While a more detailed answer can only come from an expert analysis of the accident facts, your injuries, and Illinois laws, there are some quick calculations you can do to get an estimate.
First, add up all of the bills that the truck incident cost you. Second, multiply this figure by a number between six and ten if you suffered intangible injuries like long-term pain, disability, or disfigurement depending upon how serious these harms were. Third, subtract twenty-five percent for costs. This solution should give a rough guide to the value of your claim.
Again, call our offices to get a more thorough analysis and better prediction to what your case could be worth.
Chicago Back and Neck Injury Info You Need to Know!
- Most frequent back or neck complications from Chicago truck crashes are whiplash, herniated discs, broken spinal cord, and spinal stenosis.
- The cost of surgery alone for a back or neck injury in Chicago can be as much as $20,000 and this does not include follow-up care, rehab, or medications.
- Back and neck injuries can keep Chicago residents away from work for as long as two to three months.
- Truck accidents cause some of the most dangerous back and neck injuries in Chicago compared to other forms of motor vehicle accidents.
Sample Illinois Truck Accident Lawsuits & Settlements with Back or Neck Injuries
The extraordinary pressure that truck accidents create put lots of pain and stress on the human body. Neck and back injuries are incredibly common in these circumstances and, unfortunately, incredibly costly.
If you have been injured in a truck crash case in Illinois, we invite you to contact our office for a free case review with an experienced attorney. All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis-- meaning there is never a legal fee charged unless there is a recovery for you.
2015; ILLINOIS; KANE COUNTY; $15,000 SETTLEMENT:
This controversy involved a sleepy truck driver and an old country road. He was driving down one morning when he accidentally let his car slip off and hit a light pole. The pole fell over and obstructed most of both lanes. In the other direction, another driver approached the area but could not avoid the obstruction.
He injured his lower back, hip, and shoulder in the collision. The injured man sued the truck driver for negligence. The suit alleged that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, applied the brakes sooner, and avoided the light pole. The defendant could not mount a serious defense so he tried to settle. The plaintiff received $15,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
2015; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $2,368,000 JURY AWARD:
A cab driver was going about his route one night when a truck suddenly backed out into his lane. There was no time to react and the cab slammed into the side of the other vehicle. The cab driver was severely injured. He sustained a serious neck injury as well as second-degree burns.
He also reported to psychiatrists that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually, he sued the truck driver for negligence. His suit stated that the defendant should have looked before backing out into the street and otherwise maintained his vehicle better.
The defendant retorted that the plaintiff was the one to blame. In his opinion, the cab driver was driving too fast, not paying attention to the road, and not monitoring the area. Failing to find any common ground, they went to trial where the jury sided with the plaintiff for $2,368,000 for the following damages amounts:
- Medical Costs: $153,000
- Lost Wages: $450,000
- Pain and Suffering: $1,000,000
- Compensatory: $15,000
- Punitive: $750,000
- Total: $2,368,000
2010; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $55,000 JURY AWARD:
A woman was driving her family along a busy highway near downtown Chicago when a truck in the neighboring lane immediately veered into hers. The jolt caused her to react and go into the opposite lane except there was a car there. She collided with that vehicle and then into a bunch of barrels. The incident caused the mother severe cervical strain.
She sued the truck driver for starting the accident. At trial, the defendant truck driver replied that the woman should have kept a better lookout herself, driven slower, and sounded her alarm prior to colliding with the third vehicle.
The jury sided with the woman and awarded her $55,000 for her injuries including the following damages:
- Medical Costs: $15,000
- Pain and Suffering: $30,000
- Loss of Normal Life: $10,000
- Total: $55,000
2001; ILLINOIS; $3,000,000 SETTLEMENT:
The victim in this case was driving through a construction zone when a tractor- trailer truck rear-ended his vehicle. He was 33 years old at the time of the accident and it left him severally injured. He had extensive damage to his neck and back and needed multiple spinal surgeries to correct it.
Eventually, he sued the truck driver who initiated the collision for negligence. His suit claimed that the defendant should have kept a larger distance from his car, paid better attention, and maintained greater control of his truck at all times preceding the crash. The defendant flatly rejected these allegations and asserted that a third-party motorist was responsible for the incident.
The jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded him $3,000,000. This figure is interesting because the only economic damages that the plaintiff prayed for in his suit were $100,000 for past medical costs. Thus, the jury was very liberal in awarding him such a high amount.
Truck Accident Lawyers That Can Help You Recover Compensation for a Back & Neck Injury
Anytime that you file a case in Illinois for personal injury damages, there will be several complicated and consuming challenges. With back and neck injuries from truck accidents, that will especially be the case. They are difficult harms to illustrate and there are a lot of losses to prove.
Therefore, it is important to utilize the experience and resources of a firm like the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. We can make sure that you get what you deserve at no upfront cost. To learn about what recovery might be in store for you and how you can obtain most effectively, give us a call!