Our children are precious. Unfortunately, even our most precious treasures may be damaged under our care and supervision. No matter how careful and reasonable of a driver you may be, other motorists on the roadway may not be so careful and considerate of you and your family. When those drivers are truck drivers of large box trucks like 18 wheelers, tankers, semi tractor trailers, tandem trailers, double trailers, and other big rigs, our precious children may be seriously injured or wrongfully killed.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our Albuquerque 18 wheeler wreck attorneys know how devastating it is for a family to have a child seriously injured or wrongfully killed in a big rig wreck. We see many crashes right here in New Mexico on our fast-moving interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10. We have battled some of the largest trucking companies in the country such as Schneider National, UPS, J.B. Hunt, FedEx, and other large companies. If you or your cherished child have been seriously injured in a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck, call (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can recover compensation for your child to help him or her recover and be financial able to cover future debilitations caused by a truck driver’s mistakes.
Like adults, children are entitled to a wide-array of “damages.” Damages is a legal term for the relief sought by a party against another. In a personal injury action, the damages are usually compensatory in nature, meaning for money. The most common damages in a personal injury action are pain and suffering. This is compensation for the actual agony caused by the subject accident. These damages can be for past pain and suffering, meaning from the date of the accident until the date of settlement or verdict. Or they can be for future pain and suffering, meaning from the the date of the settlement or verdict until the individual’s expected lifespan.
Another type of damages in a motor vehicle crash which are common are medical bills. This is particularly true in New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks because medical bills are likely to be very high because the forces imposed on a small, child’s body are likely very great. Medical bills can be compensated for past medical bills renders, as well as future expected medical bills. In other to receive compensation for future medical bills, a child will need to establish with reasonable probability that such future medical bills will be incurred. This is generally achieve by and through an expert such as a life care planner, treating physician, or other expert who can opine that future surgeries are necessary or future treatment, procedures, or medications will be needed because of the trucking accident.
Children that are very seriously injured may also be unable to ever work again. This is where it is very difficult to determine future lost earnings. If the child is a minor but has working papers and employed, it may be possible to extrapolate those figures in the future. Using what a sibling earns may also be possible, as well as what the child’s intended career would be. When the children are very young, analyzing what the parents earn may even be a reasonable indicator what a child’s potential is. These are very difficult calculations to make, hard arguments to be successful with, but still possible with an experienced lawyer and competent expert.
Children seriously injured in a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Parents should call our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn what you and your child’s rights to compensation may be by dialing (505) 883-5000. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.