As a person injured in a trucking accident, you have the burden of establishing that the negligent conduct of a driver caused a collision and that your injuries are related to the crash. While this process may appear to be straightforward, representatives from trucking companies and their insurance companies regularly fight you every step of the way in order to minimize the amount of any settlement made in the manner.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers know the tactics used by trucking companies to delay and deny payment of legitimate claims and work hard to ensure that the value of your case is maximized. Attorneys in our firm have helped individual and families get the full compensation they are entitled to under Illinois law for nearly two decades. If you have suffered an injury in a trucking crash, we can assist you.
What Type of Damages Can You Recover in an Illinois Accident Case?
Illinois recognizes that a party injured in a semi-truck crash may receive financial compensation for both damages that can be quantified as ‘economic’ in nature--- where an actual cost can be attributed to them as well as ‘non-economic’ damages where loss may not have a fixed economic cost related to it.
Examples of economic damages recoverable in a truck settlement or lawsuit would include:
- Medical bills- for both past and future care
- Lost income
- Damage to your vehicle
- Cost of future attendant care if needed
Examples of non-economic damages would include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of society (in the case of wrongful death)
How Do I Maximize the Value of My Trucking Case?
Unless you have some background in the law, hiring an experienced attorney likely gives you the best chance of receiving the largest settlement for your case. Our attorneys have settled and litigating cases involving commercial trucks in Cook County and almost every other County in Illinois.
We regularly review data on reported settlements and verdicts across the state. We also consult with colleagues across the state and discuss what types of recoveries they are receiving on their cases. Put plainly, we closely monitor how various types of truck accident cases are valued across Illinois. When it comes time to negotiate a settlement we are comfortable with our case evaluations and know when a case should be settled and when a lawsuit should be filed.
Put Our Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys to Work For You
Having an experienced law firm representing your interests can mean the difference between an average settlement and the one that you desire. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handles trucking accident cases on a contingency fee basis where there is never any charge or expense unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Our office has represented people from all walks of life in commercial vehicle crashes. We also represent workers in the transportation industry who have suffered injuries due to driver negligence. Examples of transportation workers we’ve representing in claims and lawsuits against truck operators include: truck drivers, warehouse workers, shipping clerks, forklift operators and truck yard workers. Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living, we are here to serve you. Contact our office today for a free review of your legal rights and options.
- $3,000,000: Motor vehicle / trucking accident. A disabled man was crossing a street with his blind cane when a garbage truck making a right turn collided with him in the intersection. The man suffered bilateral femur fractures and de-gloving injuries, which required extensive surgeries and rehabilitation.
- $1,400,000: Semi truck accident. Our clients, a mother and daughter, were stopped at a red light when they were rear-ended by a semi-truck delivering food to a nearby restaurant. The driver of the truck had been driving for hours beyond what his company allowed and was in violation of NTSB laws. Both mother and daughter sustained herniated discs in their lower back. The daughter was treated with physical therapy and epidural injections while the mother required an L4/5 fusion.
- $805,500: Truck v. bicycle collision: Our client was struck by a truck making a right turn directly into his marked bike lane. The impact with the truck and the pavement resulted in a compound clavicle fracture and rotator cuff damage that required multiple surgeries. Our client, a physical education teacher missed one year of school while he recovered from his injuries but was able to resume teaching following his physical therapy.
- $750,000: Truck loading dock accident involving a truck driver who was pinned by a forklift operator who was unloading pallets at an electronic warehouse. The driver sustained a crush injury to his leg and received two surgeries for a diagnosed case of compartment syndrome. In addition to the recovery from the company of the forklift operator, the driver also received benefits from his employer’s workers compensation carrier.
- $720,000: After getting rear-ended by a semi-truck with a double trailer, our client thought he was ‘ok’ and went to work. After gradually increasing pain, he went to an urgent care center where he was told he ‘sprained’ his back. Three days later, and practically unable to walk, our client visited his primary care physician where he was referred to an orthopedist. An MRI was performed and showed two herniated discs in his lower back. A three level lumbar fusion was performed several weeks later.
- $616,772: Four friends were on their way home from dinner when a truck ignored a traffic light and t-boned them. The impact was so significant that rescue workers needed to remove them from their vehicle with the ‘jaws of life’. Two of the passengers were released from the hospital the following day. The other two spent approximately one week in the hospital before receiving outpatient care.