Back Injuries From Truck Accidents
Did you suffer severe trauma to the neck, back, or spinal cord after being involved in a truck accident? Are you seeking financial compensation for your back and spinal injuries?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys represent innocent truck accident victims to ensure they receive maximum financial recovery for their damages. Call our truck accident injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation.
Sadly, back and neck injuries are quite common in truck accidents as the delicate portions of the human body suffer significant damage from the forceful impact in the collision, leading to neck and back damage. Thus, just a minor incident can trigger serious harm with long-term health consequences to the victim.
If this happened to you or a family member, our law firm could claim 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 devastating events. They leave all body parts susceptible to serious damage, including spinal cord injuries, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, internal injuries, and damage to the spinal discs.
Trauma to the neck and back is especially common, leaving victims with ongoing (chronic) neck pain, broken bones, and spine injuries requiring emergent medical care. The most horrific truck crashes involving commercial vehicles occur when the truck travels at high speed, violating highway safety regulations.
The inertia of an 80,000-pound semi-tractor-trailer often leads to chain reaction accidents involving passenger cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks. 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 terrible happens to the joint or ligament between the bones in the spine. If the joint/ligament protrudes out or tears, you will probably have a herniated disk and will 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 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. The accident can sprain the back or damage tissues that connect bones in that area.
- Spinal cord injury: Many spinal cord injuries from impact trauma require lifelong medical treatment and physical therapy. These severe injuries involving damage to the spinal column often result in chronic pain, acute infection, pins & needles-like pain in the arms and legs, tingling sensation, and undiagnosed internal bleeding.
- Soft tissue damage: Deep skin lacerations, muscle and tissue damage are common injuries in truck accidents. The medical team will likely treat damaged tissue with stitches, sutures, and pain medication.
In some cases, paralysis occurs in the hours, days, or weeks following a truck accident when spinal injuries are misdiagnosed for severe trauma involving muscles and ligaments. In addition, the truck accident's impact often leaves the injured drivers and passengers ill-prepared to protect themselves from the accident's forceful blow.
In many cases, truck accident survivors feel very tired, have difficulty sleeping, experience dizziness & headaches, or handle other side effects. Consult your personal physician to determine what type of neck or back injury you sustained following an Illinois truck accident.
Claims for Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries From Truck Accidents
Nearly all back and neck injury claims arising from truck accidents emanate from the trucker's negligent actions. As the plaintiff, you will need to prove that the defendant (big rig trucker) acted unreasonably, and you suffered as a result.
For example, if the truck driver cut you off or rear-ended your vehicle leading to your herniated discs, broken vertebrae in the back, neck sprain, or skull fracture, you likely have the right to sue. In that case, you could file a civil lawsuit against the driver for damages. However, there are some crucial caveats to winning your case.
Firstly, you must show exactly how the defendant's misconduct led to your injuries. Trucking companies or insurance companies often push back, saying the accident was your fault, someone else's fault, or an act of nature.
Secondly, you must show actual damages such as medical bills, lost income, or reduced quality of life (such as pain and suffering endured). Thirdly, you must file your case within two years after the accident occurs or when you reasonably discover your injuries based on the state statute of limitations laws.
Many injured victims seeking compensation from the trucker or trucking company require legal advice and representation from a truck accident attorney to ensure maximum compensation.
Call our law offices today to speak with a truck accident lawyer to ensure you receive fair compensation. Typically, there might be additional defendants in other vehicles who could be held liable for your damages.
The Value of Neck and Spinal Cord Injury Claims From a Commercial Truck Crash
"What is my case worth?" Our law firm knows that this is probably centrally on your mind if you have been injured in a truck accident. While a more detailed answer can only come from expert analysis of the accident facts, your injuries, and laws, there are some quick calculations you can do to get an estimate.
- Firstly, add up all of the truck accident bills you and your family, including hospital expenses, high medical bills, the cost of rehabilitation, and the need for future surgery and therapy.
- Secondly, 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.
- Thirdly, subtract twenty-five percent for cost, including filing fees and court costs. This solution should give a rough guide to the value of your claim.
- Finally, call our offices to get a more thorough analysis and better prediction of what your case could be worth.
Usually, our legal team can determine if additional defendants are possibly involved in your trucking accident. For example, potential defendants could include other commercial trucks, the trucking company, prominent rig manufacturers, tire suppliers, maintenance crews, and others working in the trucking industry supplying goods for commercial vehicles.
Back and Neck Injury Info You Need to Know
The most common injuries in a trucking accident cause damage to the spine, neck, and back. While seated in a vehicle, the body is ill-prepared for the tremendous impact when colliding with big rigs:
- The most frequent back or neck complications in truck crashes are whiplash, herniated spinal disc, broken spinal cord, and spinal stenosis
- The cost of surgery alone for a back or neck injury can be as much as $20,000, and this does not include follow-up care, rehab, or medications
- Back and neck injuries can keep people away from work for as long as two to three months
- Trucking accidents cause some of the most dangerous back and neck injuries compared to other forms of motor vehicle accidents
Sample Truck Accident Lawsuits & Settlements With Back or Neck Injuries
The extraordinary pressure that truck accidents create puts lots of pain and stress on the human body. Neck and back injuries are prevalent in these circumstances and, unfortunately, extremely costly.
Below we have compiled truck accident verdicts and settlements from different jurisdictions in Illinois related to people with back and neck injuries.
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.
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This controversy involved a sleepy truck driver on an old country road. One morning, he was driving alone when he accidentally let his car slip off and hit a light pole.
The pole fell over and obstructed much of both lanes. Another driver approaching the area from the other direction could not avoid the obstruction.
The accident injured his lower back, hip, and shoulder. 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 chose to settle. As a result, the plaintiff received $15,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
$2,368,000 Jury Award:
A cab driver was going about his route one night when a truck suddenly swerved into his lane. There was no time to react, and the cab slammed onto the side of the other vehicle. The cab driver was severely injured, sustaining a severe neck injury and second-degree burns.
He also reported to psychiatrists that he had post-traumatic stress disorder, making it challenging to perform daily tasks. Eventually, he sued the truck driver for negligence. His suit stated that the defendant should have looked before swerving onto the street to control his vehicle better.
The defendant responded that the plaintiff was the one to blame for causing the truck accident. In his opinion, the cab driver was driving too fast, not paying attention to the road, and not monitoring the area.
Due to failure 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
$55,000 Jury Award:
This truck accident case involved a woman driving her family along a busy highway near downtown Chicago. A truck on the adjacent lane immediately swerved onto her lane. The female driver tried to avoid colliding with the truck but ended in the opposite lane, where she collided with another vehicle.
That collision resulted in a passenger (her mother) sustaining severe cervical strain. As a result, the driver filed a civil lawsuit against the truck driver.
During the trial, the defendant truck driver replied that the woman should have been on the lookout, driven slowly, and halted before colliding with the third vehicle. The jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded her $55,000 for her injuries and damages, including the following damages:
- Medical Costs: $15,000
- Pain and Suffering: $30,000
- Loss of Normal Life: $10,000
- Total: $55,000
In this case, the 33-year-old victim was driving through a construction zone when a tractor-trailer hit his vehicle from behind, leaving him severely injured. Doctors diagnosed him with extensive damage to his back and neck, requiring multiple surgeries to correct his spinal cord injuries.
The plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit against the truck driver, citing 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, citing negligence.
The jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded him $3,000,000. This figure is fascinating 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 you file a case in Illinois for personal injury damages, there will be several complicated and time-consuming challenges. This is especially so with back and neck injuries from truck accidents. In addition, back and spinal cord injuries are challenging to illustrate, and there are many losses to prove.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has the expertise and resources necessary to win complicated cases. Our personal injury law firm accepts all injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This promise ensures you pay our law firm nothing until we successfully resolve your legal matter through a negotiated settlement or jury trial award.
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