Recovering compensation is a necessity following a truck accident head injury. However, recovering damages isn’t always as easy as it should be. You will have to prove truck driver liability, and establish the extent of your head injury.
Proving the Fault of the Responsible Party
One of the most essential elements in a truck accident claim is proving the fault of the responsible party. In Washington, the state’s at-fault car insurance laws dictate that whomever causes an accident is responsible for paying for it. Therefore, if you believe that the truck driver caused the truck accident, you’ll need to prove it.
Ways that you can prove truck-driver fault include this list.
- Witness testimony
- Police reports
- Truck driver logs
- Physical evidence
An attorney can help you to gather the right type of evidence. If another party was as fault – like the trucking company – an attorney can also help you to establish this.
Establishing the Extent of Your Head Injury
In addition to proving the fault of the responsible party, you’ll also need to establish the extent of your head injury. This means that you’ll need to show proof of medical bills and reports. If you don’t, then the insurance company may not comprehend the severity of your injury, and may not offer a fair settlement as such.
When a Settlement Offer is Too Low
Even when you prove the fault of the responsible party and establish the extent of your head injury, it’s possible that an insurance company will try to deny or lowball your claim. If this happens, you can file a lawsuit and take the case to court. Sometimes, this is the only option for recovering the full amount of benefits deserved.
How an Attorney Can Help You Recover Compensation
After a truck accident that causes a head injury, recovering the entire amount needed is extremely important. If you settle for an amount that covers only your current bills, for example, you may be short-changing yourself in the future. If you are not completely healed with all your property damage fixed as well then you may need to calculate and request a larger payout to cover future costs.
Future costs that you may not have considered are as follows.
- Ongoing medical expenses like physical rehabilitation
- Future lost wages
- Long-term care requirements like modifications to your residence
At Max Meyers Law PLLC, our attorneys can negotiate with the truck insurance company to reach a settlement agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, we’ll assist you in filing a lawsuit, and guide you through everything you need to know about the legal process. To talk to an attorney in our offices today, call us at 425-399-7000 now.