Being involved in any kind of traffic accident can take its toll on an accident victim. Between the physical recovery and the emotional distress most accident victims endure, the recovery process can take months or even years. Add to this the likely prospect of mounting medical bills and time away from work, and the recovery process becomes one of not just physical and emotional wellbeing but also financial stability.
In Maryland, those who have been involved in a serious truck accident may be able to seek financial compensation for the injuries they have endured through a Maryland truck accident lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the accident victim’s injuries, recovery packages may include amounts for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering that the accident victim endured as a result of the accident.
Before an accident victim is entitled to receive compensation, however, they must establish that the named defendant or defendants were legally responsible for causing the accident as well as the accident victim’s injuries. A dedicated personal injury attorney should be consulted prior to filing any truck accident case, not just to ensure that all procedural rules are followed but also to assist the accident victim in preparing a strong case for recovery.
Truck Accident Victim Receives $1.7 Million in Recent Lawsuit
Earlier this month, an Oklahoma man who had been seriously injured in a truck accident received a settlement award of $1.7 million in a lawsuit he filed against the truck driver’s employer. According to one local news source covering the case, the man was operating his vehicle on the highway when the semi-truck crossed over into his lane and struck his vehicle head-on. The man suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including multiple broken bones as well as a traumatic brain injury.
While the case was scheduled to be heard in front of a jury, since the parties reached a mutually acceptable resolution, the case was settled before trial.
Jury Trials Versus Settlement Negotiations
The accident victim in the case discussed above opted to accept a pre-trial settlement offer in lieu of trying the case before a jury. In fact, most personal injury plaintiffs end up resolving their cases in pre-trial settlement negotiations. The primary benefit of accepting a settlement offer is that the result is guaranteed. However, the main drawback is that settlement offers are often discounted in light of that fact. It is very important for anyone who has been injured in a Maryland truck accident to discuss their case with a dedicated personal injury attorney to ensure that they have a dedicated advocate on their side throughout the process.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury advocates at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of collective experience assisting accident victims in seeking the compensation they need and deserve. Call 410-654-3600 today to schedule your free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
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Intoxicated Truck Drivers Pose a Major Threat to Maryland Motorists, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 29, 2017.
Distracted Driving Likely Played a Role in Fatal Church Bus Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 12, 2017.