Truck accident lawyers are more aware than most that accidents involving trucks are usually very traumatic and the recovery can be very painful. If you have been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, chances are you will incur costs and complications that last far beyond the initial accident. Most clients want to know what to expect after the accident.
The initial claims process
The importance of filing the proper paperwork for the initial claim cannot be overstated. The initial claim needs to describe both the accident and its aftermath. Until you get your attorney on board, you need to keep up with everything you can, including police reports, accident photos, contact information from eye witnesses, insurance information for everyone involved in the accident. The other documentation you will need includes records from emergency responders, medical records from emergency rooms and hospital costs, and all other types of medical records.
How to choose the right attorney
Choosing an attorney is a critical stage in an accident case. Personal injury cases have many details that can be overlooked. The personal injury lawyers at the Cottrell Law Office are dedicated to seeking justice on behalf of accident victims. We understand that everyone should be held responsible for acting in a way that does not endanger others. When people fail in this important duty and someone is injured, the accident victims should be able to obtain compensation.
Common injuries following a truck accident
Large truck accidents often lead to serious injury. Truck accident lawyers know the potential for long-term, disabling injuries is much greater than a collision between two passenger vehicles. Some of the most common injuries resulting from large truck accidents include brain and spinal injuries, neck injuries, internal injuries, burns, broken bones, and amputations. In the most serious situations, death can occur.
Brain and head injuries following a truck accident
Brain and head injuries are among the most serious and devastating injuries sustained by truck accident victims. Symptoms of head injuries following an accident can include loss of memory, chronic headaches, vision changes, and changes in cognition or mental capacity. Brain and head injuries can include concussions, bleeding, bruising, and swelling of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in loss of quality of life and long-term mental impairments.
Neck injuries following a truck accident
Truck accident victims often suffer neck injuries, as do most victims of motor vehicle collisions. These injuries can range from the more minor whiplash type injury to more serious injuries like cervical herniation and fractures. The worst injury that could result is a severed or severely damaged spinal cord, which would result in paralysis.
Back and spinal cord injuries following a truck accident
The spinal cord and back are often more susceptible to severe injury in a trucking accident. Spinal cord injuries can cause loss of feeling or function in the extremities. Compression of the spinal cord, which occurs often in a truck accident, can cause extreme pain, loss of range of motion, and even partial or total paralysis.
Internal injuries and broken bones
It is quite common for the impact of a truck accident to cause internal organ injuries, which are often life-threatening and require immediate medical treatment. Recovering from these types of traumatic injuries can require transplants or intensive rehabilitation. Broken or fractured bones are painful and can cause a host of medical problems if not treated properly or they do not heal correctly.
Amputations as a result of a trucking accident
An amputation or loss of a body part is, no doubt, one of the most devastating injuries that can result from a catastrophic truck accident. These injuries usually require long-term physical therapy, prosthetics, and often include some form of psychological trauma.
Burn injuries following a trucking accident
Burns or other injuries due to toxic chemicals are very common in accidents that involve large commercial trucks that were hauling hazardous or flammable materials. In the event of a truck accident, the occupants of the other vehicle involved can be exposed to such chemicals or burned by fires. Burns are painful and often lead to permanent disfigurement. Inhalation of toxic chemicals can also lead to permanent lung damage. Unfortunately, the full effects of inhalation injuries may not be evident for years to come.
If you have questions regarding truck accidents or any other personal injury concerns in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a consultation, either online or by calling us as (888) 433-4861.
He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.
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