Truck Accident Lawyer in Fairfax
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Commercial vehicles can cause catastrophic damage. You know this all too well if you or a loved one has suffered a truck accident. Putting your life back together after such a terrifying event can be overwhelming.
When negligently operated, trucks create a nightmarish scenario for occupants of smaller vehicles. If the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company resulted in serious injuries to you or a family member, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Recovering this compensation is often difficult. A truck accident lawyer in Fairfax can help.
Schedule a free consultation with the team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC: 571-229-1800.
The Parrish Law Firm Takes a Proactive Approach to Establishing Liability
Establishing liability on the part of a responsible party (or parties) is critical. Without proof that another party’s breach of duty caused your injuries, recovering compensation is not possible.
You must prove that another party either: (a) acted in a way it should not have acted, or (b) failed to do something it should have done. This is a “breach of duty of care,” one element of your case.
In addition to establishing a breach of a duty of care, you must also prove that the breach was the proximate cause of the injury. This means that, but for the specific breach of duty, the accident would not have occurred.
In most cases, even if the truck driver is 100 percent at-fault, you will hold the trucking company liable. This is due to vicarious liability, which holds that employers are liable for their employees’ actions so long as they perform them in the scope of their employment.
This can lead to a higher settlement, but it also makes it more difficult to recover as you are going up against a large trucking company and an experienced insurer.
However, you have a secret weapon in your corner. Before Jim Parrish opened the Parrish Law Firm, he defended insurance companies. This means he has knowledge from inside the insurance companies in terms of how they operate and approach claims.
We Seek Many Types of Compensation in Truck Accident Cases
The losses you and other occupants sustained in the accident are your “damages.” These damages can be both economic (i.e., tied to a specific dollar amount) and noneconomic.
Medical expenses can vary widely in a truck accident case. Treatment often requires emergency transportation and hospitalization. Sometimes multiple surgeries and ongoing medical care are part of the case. Rehabilitation, pain management, and long-term care incur costs that a settlement or judgment can recoup.
Because future care may be necessary, it is important that a medical expert review your case to discuss any expenses associated with future care. This should be part of any settlement or judgment. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC may employ a physician to prepare a report or to testify on your behalf if necessary to prove the extent of your injuries.
Lost income is another important element of damages. You may have lost wages or self-employment income because of the accident. The accident may cause you to suffer diminished earnings in the future.
On top of these losses is the value of fringe benefits, pension, 401(k) and Social Security earnings. It is sometimes necessary to employ a forensic economist to paint a complete picture of these economic losses to an insurance company or jury. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC may employ such an expert if necessary to prove the extent of your lost income.
“Pain and suffering” can be substantial in a truck accident. Both past and future pain and suffering are damages that we pursue in a truck accident case. The overall disruption that an accident has caused in your life also factors into the amount of your compensation. Courts refer to this as “inconvenience.”
Given the potential extent of personal injuries, property damage is sometimes the least of a victim’s worries. This is nevertheless not something that the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC overlooks. We work to recover compensation for repairing or replacing the vehicle you were driving, as well as the value of any lost personal property that was inside the car at the time of the crash.
Jim Parrish Is Your Ally in Fighting the Insurance Company Battle
Schedule your free case review today and learn how Jim Parrish has earned prestigious awards for client service and trial advocacy. More importantly, though, Jim has earned positive feedback from the people who matter most: his clients.
As well as being a caring professional and aggressive litigator, Jim has extensive experience in the insurance industry. Now, he works hard fighting for people who have suffered injuries. His prior career has armed him with inside information that he uses to battle insurance companies who are working to deny responsibility or minimize your injuries.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is here to help. Call today: 571-229-1800.