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What Options for Compensation Do You Have After a Trucking Crash?

Being in a truck crash in Hollywood or your community is terrifying. Not only can you sustain serious and even life-threatening injuries such as brain trauma, back injuries, lacerations, and more, but the emotional upset of the collision can stay with you for some time. In addition, you may find the financial impact of a trucking accident lasts a long time.

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Any Hollywood truck accident attorney knows the financial impact a truck crash can have. The costs of surgery, emergency room visits, medical care, lost income, car repair bills, and other costs can quickly add up. Survivors of these types of crashes sometimes are surprised by all the costs of a crash. From buying  a neck brace to paying for taxis from the hospital to paying to replace a damaged cell phone to paying to have a bathroom grab bar installed, there are many expenses involved if you have been injured.

Fortunately, you may have several options for pursuing compensation to pay for these costs:

1) Your own insurance.

If your truck crash was a hit and run, uninsured coverage on your own policy may cover some of your costs. In addition, your own health coverage can pay for some of the expenses related to medical treatment.

2) A legal claim.

If your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, you may have a legal claim. For example, if the collision was caused by a tire blowout caused by defective tires, you may have a products liability claim against the tire manufacturer. You may have a claim against the truck driver, the truck carrier, and other liable parties and you can pursue all these parties in a legal claim to seek compensation for your damages and your pain and suffering.

3) Worker’s compensation.

If you were driving as part of your work duties at the time of the accident, your medical costs and some of your lost income may be covered by workers’ compensation.

4) Social security.

If you are permanently injured or are unable to work in the long term due to your injury, you may qualify for Social Security disability payments, depending on the specifics of your situation.

Obviously, determining where to seek compensation and determining how to proceed can be challenging with multiple choices. You will also have to seek compensation yourself, so you may want guidance with the application or filing process. In addition, it’s important to choose wisely. If you accept one type of compensation, you will not qualify for other types of compensation. For example, if you accept an insurance offer you will not be able to pursue a civil claim.

There is a lot at stake after a trucking crash, which is why you will want to contact a Hollywood truck accident attorney immediately if you have been injured. You can contact Flaxman Law Group at any time at 1-866-352-9626 or email us at cflaxman@flaxmanlaw.com for a free consultation over the phone or at your home, hospital room, or workplace.