If you’ve sustained a serious injury in a trucking accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury law firm before accepting any insurance settlement or other assistance. You may be able to recover for medical and physical rehabilitation costs, wages and economic opportunity lost, and any job retraining required, too. You may also recover compensation for noneconomic damages — pain and suffering, as they are commonly called. The judge may also award punitive damages. If you’ve lost a loved one, you may be entitled to wrongful death compensation for loss of their economic contributions to the household and their economic opportunity, as well as noneconomic damages and any punitive damages the judge sees fit.
You may be entitled to receive compensation from the truck driver or the trucking company, or both. However, you must file your personal injury case within four years, or your wrongful death case within two years, of the date of the accident (or one year when a government entity or working employee is at fault). If you intend to sue the state because the road was improperly maintained or the state owned the truck that caused the accident, you must bring suit within a year of the incident.