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Tennessee semi-truck accidents: calculating damages

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | motor vehicle accidents

Life may never be the same for Tennessee residents involved in a collision with a semi-truck. The size and weight difference often result in catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities. If you sustained injuries in a crash that prevent you from living the life you had before the accident, you might have grounds for a claim.

According to the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, more than 2,200 accidents occurred locally between 2016 and 2019, resulting in fatalities or life-altering injuries.

Catastrophic injuries

Severe injuries that result in functional disability typically require extensive, long-term medical treatment. Some of the most common semi-truck accident injuries include the following:

  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Crushed limbs resulting in amputation
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Medical expenses begin building immediately after the crash with emergency and trauma care. After the initial treatment, your injuries may need many surgical procedures and teams of medical specialists. In addition, prescription medications and pain management techniques can become costly over time. Ongoing pain and frustration with your new circumstances might affect your mental health.

Calculating damages

Physical limitations may prevent you from working at the job you had before the crash. They might also prevent you from living independently or enjoying life as you once did. Disabling injuries result in both economic and noneconomic losses. The value of a claim depends on various factors. Calculations often include past and future medical expenses, emotional trauma, loss of your enjoyment of life, pain and suffering.

Understanding your options for pursuing a claim is critical for its success. A settlement may help you pay for home health care, rehabilitative therapy, and necessary medical devices.

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