Arnold, Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents can leave victims with incredibly debilitating injuries. Victims of truck accidents frequently need extended hospital stays and many medical procedures, including surgery, pain medication, physical therapy, and others, to recover as best they can from their injuries. The cost of such medical care can easily add up and be incredibly stressful to deal with.
Fortunately, we are here to help. Our lawyers have represented many plaintiffs injured in truck accidents, and we are willing and able to represent you in your case. We can collect evidence, interview relevant parties, and fight hard for you in court so that you get the payout you deserve.
To schedule a free initial case review, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s truck accident lawyers at (410) 694-7291.
Injuries from Truck Accidents in Arnold, Maryland
Truck accidents can result in particularly nasty injuries because the sheer size and weight of big-rig vehicles make them incredibly dangerous. In fact, there is a good chance that victims of truck accidents will end up with multiple kinds of injuries, some of which may be permanent.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is when a hard blow to the head pierces the skull or otherwise damages the brain. The most well-known TBI is a “mild TBI,” better known as a concussion. Concussions can cause mood swings, painful sensitivity to light and sound, headaches and migraines, and difficulty remembering things. Moreover, subsequent concussions are generally worse than ones that have happened before, so if you have a prior concussion because of work, recreation, or another activity, a concussion from a truck accident will be much worse.
More severe TBIs have much more serious consequences. A traumatic brain injury can result in the loss of basic motor functions, difficulty speaking, and, in the most dire cases, death.
A very common injury in truck accidents is broken bones. Bones are likely to break when someone is impacted by a strong force, and truck accidents are no exception. Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious breaks, like compound fractures or broken bones in multiple areas.
Recovery from broken bones almost always requires a cast on the affected area, which will significantly limit what you can do until you have recovered. Additionally, you will likely need to regain strength and muscle mass in the affected area around the broken bone.
Bruising is caused by blood pooling around crushed blood vessels underneath the skin. In less serious circumstances, bruises will usually heal on their own without outside medical care. However, truck accidents can cause significant bruising over a large area of the body, which can be indicative of much more dangerous conditions, like internal bleeding or organ damage.
Cuts and Puncture Wounds
When truck accidents happen, glass shatters and metal parts of both vehicles warp, break, and scatter in many directions. This creates the possibility of the victim suffering multiple cuts and puncture wounds.
Cuts sustained in a truck accident can bleed profusely and will virtually always require stitching or sutures to heal properly. There is also a good chance that these cuts may leave permanent scarring.
Puncture wounds are much more difficult to treat than cuts and are much more dangerous. First, puncture wounds are much harder to sew shut and keep closed. Second, a stab of even a few inches into the body can reach vital organs or cause substantial internal bleeding.
If a truck is carrying a volatile substance or chemical, an accident can make that substance combust or even explode, seriously injuring anyone involved in the accident or nearby.
Loss of Digits/Amputation
The grim reality of truck accidents is that victims can lose body parts as a result. Most commonly, digits like fingers and toes can be lost from particularly nasty cuts as well as burns of a sufficient degree.
Additionally, truck accidents can result in the victim having to undergo amputation. Amputation is done in a medical setting when doctors believe that the best way to save a patient is to remove a limb at a certain point or if a portion of the body is so damaged that it cannot be repaired. Another way that amputation can occur is when the force of the accident removes a body part. This is called a “traumatic amputation” because it is not done in a controlled, medical way.
Damages in Arnold, Maryland Truck Accident Lawsuits
When you sue a defendant for injuries sustained in a truck accident, you ask for damages when you file your lawsuit. Your damages are based on a variety of factors unique to your case. Our truck accident lawyers can help you work through the details of your damages when we prepare your case, but we will go into the basic categories of damages below.
Economic damages are based on things that have ascertainable monetary value. Common things that influence economic damages include medical bills and lost income when you were not working because of your injuries.
Non-economic damages cover more abstract injuries like physical pain or mental anguish. Since there is no receipt or bill for how much, say, a broken limb hurts, you will have to show to the judge and jury through evidence and testimony what these things should be worth in your case.
Punitive damage is a special form of damages based on the defendant’s conduct. Courts will only award punitive damages if certain criteria are met, so you need to discuss your case with our lawyers to figure out if asking for punitive damages is warranted.
Talk to Our Arnold, Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers Today
For a free case review, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s truck accident lawyers at (410) 694-7291.