You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver. If you suffered a long-term injury, you could be entitled to future compensation as well as past damages for the losses you already incurred. Here’s what you need to know about the types of compensation you should receive in your settlement and how to prove your right to recover this type of damages.
What Future Compensation Can You Recover?
You can only obtain future damages if you suffered an injury that you have not recovered from at the time of your settlement or you suffered a life-altering injury that you will never fully recover from. Types of future compensation you can seek include:
- Medical expenses. You should obtain compensation for all of the future medical treatments you will need to treat your injuries. This can include hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, doctor visits, diagnostic tests, medical equipment, and modifications to your home.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity. If you will miss work in the future, you should recover your lost wages, lost sick and vacation time, and other lost perks of your job. If your injuries are serious enough, you may need to find a new job or become permanently disabled. In these situations, you could be entitled to your lost earning capacity for the rest of your working life.
- Pain and suffering. You can also seek future compensation for the pain and suffering you will endure due to your injuries and coping with all the limitations in your abilities to take care of yourself and your reduced quality of life.
How to Calculate Your Future Compensation
It can be complicated to determine how much future compensation you should recover in your settlement. You will need the help of a knowledgeable lawyer to calculate the value of this portion of your claim. They will most likely want to wait until you reach your maximum medical recovery, which is the stage in your medical treatment where you have recovered as much as you can, and your doctor can give you a final prognosis.
Your attorney may need to hire expert witnesses to help them calculate your future compensation. Experts that may be helpful include medical, economic, and mental health experts.
Do you need to file an insurance claim for the injuries you suffered in a truck collision in Virginia Beach or Norfolk? Our compassionate and dedicated truck accident lawyers are here to fight for all the past and future compensation you deserve. Fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.