What damages are recoverable in a truck accident case?

Truck accidents often lead to significant injuries and pain and suffering. While nothing will give you back what the accident took from you, you can recover several types of damages in a truck accident case.

For help with your case, call a truck accident attorney from Max Meyers Law PLLC: 425-242-5595.

What damages can I recover in a truck accident case?

Medical damages: Injuries from a truck accident are often severe. Truck accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, amputations, or internal injuries, all of which can cost thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You can recover compensation for all your medical expenses. This includes:

  • Medical bills
  • Costs of ongoing or future medical care
  • At-home medical care/specialized care in a facility
  • Any surgical costs
  • Physical therapy appointments

Semi truck hits passenger car head on causing severe damage and injuries.

Make sure you keep all receipts and all medical bills you receive.

Disability and disfigurement: Truck accidents often cause disabling or disfiguring injuries. You can recover compensation for any adaptations you needed to make. For example, if your accident left you in a wheelchair, you can recover compensation for any vehicle or home modifications you needed to make.

Be sure to keep the receipts from the mechanic, dealership, or contractor.

Lost wages: Truck accidents can result in severe injuries, often requiring surgery or physical therapy. This can lead to a lot of time off work. If you need to take time off to recover or attend physical therapy or doctor’s appointments, you can demand compensation for lost wages.

You might also be able to recover compensation if your injury made it impossible to work full days. Keep track of all the time you took off work; be sure to include half days or time off for appointments.

Loss of earning potential: The injuries from truck accidents can make it impossible for someone to return to the same position s/he had before. If your injuries required you to take a demotion, find a new job, or retire completely, you can recover compensation for loss of earning potential.

Pain and suffering: The mere payment of your medical bills does not begin to compensate you for what you went through — the pain of getting injured, the suffering involved in medical treatments and recuperation. Pain and suffering damages can be available to compensate you after a truck accident.

You can also recover compensation for mental anguish, lost quality of life, and the development of any mental disorders from the crash (e.g., some truck accident survivors develop anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder).

Miscellaneous Expenses: There are quite a few things that truck accident victims can recover that they never even thought of. If you were injured in an accident, you may be able to recover the following:

  • Expenses for hiring help around the house (e.g., hiring a landscaper because you cannot mow the lawn, hiring a nanny to pick your kids up from school, hiring a housekeeper to clean your house, etc.)
  • Costs of transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • Parking fees at the doctor’s office or hospital


Wrongful death: Unfortunately, truck accidents often end in death. If you lost a loved one in a truck crash, you can recover compensation for:

  • Funeral or burial expenses
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of services (e.g., child care, household chores, etc.)
  • Loss of guidance and consortium
  • Lost wages/lost earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish


To determine exactly what you can recover, you need to have a truck accident lawyer look over your case.

Get Help from a Kirkland Truck Accident Lawyer Today

While you can recover quite a lot in a truck accident claim, the trucking company and its insurer will not make it easy for you. They will fight tooth and nail to ensure you do not get the compensation you deserve. Do not feel like you need to handle this on your own. You have a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer on your side.

Call Max Meyers today at 425-242-5595 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation and learn what you might be entitled to.

Max Meyers
Max is a Kirkland personal injury attorney handling cases in Seattle, King County & surrounding in WA State.