If you or a loved one was injured in a garbage truck accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and to get help from a lawyer who handles garbage truck accident cases.
Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for lost wages, household bills, reduced quality of life, and other expenses you incur because of your accident.
Our Lawyers Can Manage Your Case for You from Start to Finish
The Morris Bart law firm takes responsibility for each client’s legal obligations, keeping your goals front of mind. We always make sure you are kept abreast of new developments.
First, We Investigate Your Truck Accident
We look for evidence to prove the following factors:
- The accident happened: Police reports, surveillance footage, and eyewitness testimony can prove the crash occurred when and where you say it did.
- You were injured in the accident: Your medical records will show you were injured, and expert testimony will corroborate the negative impact your injuries have had on your life.
- The liable party is responsible for both accident and injuries: All of the above evidence can show that the party you are suing caused your accident and all injuries resulting from it.
Then, We Confront the Insurance Company
The liable party’s insurance company may try to avoid paying you an appropriate settlement. We can help you seek the money you need by:
- Notifying all involved parties about your lawsuit
- Negotiating with the insurance company’s representatives
- Drawing up the settlement agreement
- Taking your case to court if the insurance company will not negotiate
We Take Care of You Throughout the Process
Our clients appreciate our professionalism and the way we attend to their individual needs. The Morris Bart law firm can make your situation easier on you by:
- Keeping you apprised of all progress in your case
- Reviewing all of your options until you are comfortable enough to make a decision about the best course of action
- Making ourselves available to answer your questions at any time
Finally, because we charge a contingency fee, you don’t pay us unless you receive compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Garbage Truck Accident lawyer serving Mobile, call (251) 298-8380
What Are Economic and Non-Economic Damages?
Different kinds of compensation are available, depending on how your accident affected you. This section will explain which types of damages you may be entitled to and why. The Morris Bart law firm can provide you with more specific information.
Accidents are traumatic events that can affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally. These types of injuries are called non-economic damages. Common examples include:
- Disability: This includes both physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as total and partial disabilities.
- Pain and suffering: Your injuries were physically and emotionally traumatizing.
- Reduced quality of life: You need help with basic tasks like bathing or dressing, or you have had to give up enjoyable activities.
- Loss of consortium: Your injuries affected your marriage.
An accident’s aftermath is often expensive. Victims may miss work, or they may have to pay a lot of money to treat their injuries. Such monetary losses are called economic damages. Common examples include:
- Lost income: This may refer to wages or other job benefits lost when you stayed home to recover from the accident.
- Lost employment: Your employer fired you because of the accident, or your injuries prevent you from performing your job duties.
- Medical costs: You needed treatment for the physical and psychological injuries inflicted by your accident.
- Travel costs: If you had to travel to see a doctor, you can seek reimbursement for the associated travel expense (e.g., gasoline).
Wrongful Death Damages
Per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), occupants of passenger vehicles are more likely than anyone else to be killed in large truck accidents. If you lost a loved one in a garbage truck accident, you may qualify for the damages listed above as well as the following:
- Funeral costs: This could include any end-of-life expense, from purchasing a casket to settling your loved one’s estate.
- Lost financial support: You and your family relied on your loved one to pay the bills and support your lifestyle.
- Lost companionship: You miss your loved one’s affection, guidance, and presence in your life.
Take Legal Action as Soon as Possible in Your Case Before Time Runs Out
Per Ala. Code §6-2-38, you may begin your lawsuit at any time within two years of your accident. However, there are some exceptions that could shorten this deadline, so seeking legal help as soon as possible will ensure you meet any deadlines that may impact your case.
Important Evidence May Not Last Forever
Evidence can help convince an insurance company or a jury that you need compensation. However, evidence may lose value or be destroyed over time, such as:
- Witness statements: Memory becomes increasingly unreliable the more time passes.
- Photos or videos: Surveillance video may be recorded over, and witnesses who recorded your accident may delete the footage after a while.
- Medical records: See a doctor as quickly as possible after an accident. Any gaps in your medical record may allow an insurance company to argue that you were not seriously injured after all.
Get a Free Consultation from the Attorneys at the Morris Bart Law Firm Today
Call us at (251) 298-8380 for a free case review with an attorney. A Morris Bart lawyer from our Mobile office may be able to help you collect fair compensation after your accident with a garbage truck.
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