The amount of your recovery is going to be as unique as your injuries. The exact value of your settlement or court verdict will depend on things such as the quality of your evidence, the percentage of fault attributable to the defendant, and the extent of your injuries. However, the types of damages that you may be able to recover are the same as the types of damages that all Iowa truck accident victims may recover.
Types of Damages in a Truck Crash Injury Case
If someone else caused your truck crash and you suffered injuries, then you may be able to make a financial recovery for your past, current, and future:
- Medical expenses. All medical costs including hospitalizations, doctors’ appointments, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation therapies should be included.
- Lost income. Any income that you are unable to earn, whether it is a partial loss or a full loss, should be compensated.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any costs that are directly related to your truck accident or truck accident injuries should be included in your settlement or court verdict.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be your most significant injuries. Money may not erase the pain and suffering, but it is the only way that the legal system has to compensate you for these damages.
In some cases you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Unlike the damages described above, punitive damages are not meant to compensate you for the injuries that you suffered. Instead, they are meant to punish the defendant. In Iowa, punitive damages are awarded in personal injury cases when the defendant’s conduct was done with “willful and wanton disregard for the rights or safety of another.”
Start Protecting Your Fair Recovery Today
If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been killed in an Iowa truck wreck, then now is the time to start protecting your right to a fair recovery. The insurance company or the court is not going to provide you with a fair recovery unless you can prove who was at fault and the specific amount of your damages.
Our Iowa truck accident lawyers will gather evidence and make compelling arguments. We will fight for your just recovery as you work hard on your physical and emotional recoveries. To learn more, please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our Cedar Rapids office, Des Moines office, or Davenport office.