About Trucking Accident Injury Compensation
Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer, Dean Burnetti provides professional Trucking Accident and Injury Attorney legal services in Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala, and Central and West Central Florida.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 about your Trucking Accident Personal Injury legal needs in the Florida Counties of Polk, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Levy, Highlands, Hardee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee County.
How much money can I get?
Florida law allows people who are injured in a trucking accident to receive compensation to “make them whole again” (or to help restore their life to the way it was before they were injured). This law allows trucking accident victims to receive “economic damages” and “non-economic damages.” (The term “damages” means money awarded to the accident victim.)
Florida law specifies that economic damages include:
- Vehicle Repair (If your vehicle was a total loss, you’ll receive fair market value for the vehicle. If your vehicle was old with a lot of mileage, you may not receive enough to purchase a replacement vehicle.)
- Reimbursement for Lost Wages (This does not reimburse you for vacation time or paid time off time that you take from work, but covers wages that are actually lost due to your injuries.)
- Reimbursement for Medical Bills (including prescriptions, physical therapy, and follow-up care)
- Reimbursement for Medical Devices or Equipment (including medical devices or equipment prescribed by your physician or chiropractor; does not include medical devices or equipment that you elect to purchase without a prescription)
- Reimbursement for Costs of Household Services That You Can No Longer Perform (i.e., hiring someone to do yardwork, house cleaning, or cooking that your doctor says you are no longer allowed to do)
- Reimbursement for Transportation Costs for Medical Appointments (i.e., follow-up appointments, physical therapy, etc., in the form of cab fare, public transportation fare, or mileage costs)
- Compensation for Anticipated Future Economic Loss (including projected loss of earning capacity, projected costs of future surgeries that may be required, and anticipated costs of long-term care)
Non-economic damages are compensation for non-monetary or intangible losses. Florida law specifies that non-economic damages include:
- Compensation for Physical Pain (i.e., the pain you feel immediately following your trucking accident and pain you may be expected to feel in the future)
- Compensation for Mental Anguish (i.e., depression from living in pain or from a change in lifestyle due to your injury, embarrassment such as from a scar, limp, or other noticeable malady caused by the accident, or fear such as fear of necessary surgery or nightmares about the trucking accident)
- Compensation for Disability (i.e., limitation of your physical movements, senses, or activities, or the need for a permanently attached medical device such as a colostomy bag or feeding tube)
- Compensation for Disfigurement (i.e., scarring as a direct result of the accident or caused by surgery due to the accident, loss of a limb, digit, or eye, a crooked limb or digit resulting from a broken bone, or scars caused by a permanently attached medical device such as a colostomy bag or feeding tube)
- Compensation for Loss of the Enjoyment of Life (i.e., activities that were a regular part of your life before the trucking accident that, because of your injury, you can no longer perform, such as camping, bowling, swimming, playing pool, hiking, lifting your children or grandchildren, singing in your church choir, or sitting quietly and watching TV without pain)
- Compensation for Inconvenience (i.e., trouble or difficulty managing general activities in your daily life due to your injury)
- Compensation for Loss of Consortium (This compensation is not awarded to the injured party but to their spouse. Loss of consortium is the life-changing loss of affection, sexual intimacy, comfort, support, and companionship that the spouse of the injured party suffers when the accident victim is injured. Florida law does not allow loss of consortium claims to be made by non-spousal live-in partners of the injured party or by people who married the injured party after they became injured.)
Each of the “damages” listed above help establish the monetary value of your case.
How is the amount of my settlement determined?
The amount of your settlement will be limited to the amount of insurance coverage the truck driver carries, in addition to the amount of Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage that you carry. Plus, the insurance companies involved (as well as a jury if your case goes to trial) will look at settlements that are normally awarded for injuries similar to yours.
If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a trucking accident, Dean Burnetti Law can help. Call 863-287-6388 (Polk County) or 813-287-6388 (Hillsborough County) today to schedule your free consultation.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 today to schedule your free and confidential Trucking Accident Injury Legal Consultation with Central Florida Lawyer, Dean Burnetti.
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