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Victims of a New Mexico trucking accident involving a big rig, 18 wheeler, tractor trailer, semi truck, double trailer, or other large commercial truck may be catastrophically injured. These injuries may be permanent, debilitating, and life-changing. Because of this, victims will endure both the pain and agony of the initial injury as well as having future damages in the years to come. Many times these future damages are costly, such as lost work or medical expenses like new surgeries. Victims commonly ask if they are able to receive compensation for these future damages.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows that victims with these future damages can receive compensation. Obtaining this compensation is not necessarily an easy task without the use of experience legal counsel or expert witnesses. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured from a New Mexico trucking accident and may have future damages, call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help prove your future damages and obtain you the compensation you need and deserve.
There are many different types of future damages that a victim of a New Mexico trucking accident may be entitled to. Expenses for future damages may be compensated if the proper evidence is presented. This includes using experts such as treating physicians, a life-care planner, an accountant, an economist, and other professionals to testify and affirm that the future expenses will occur with reasonable probability.
Here are some of the most common future damages which a victim may be entitled to:
Future Medical Bills – This includes future medical bills for surgeries, procedures, follow-up appointments, and other healthcare-related expenses.
Prescription Medications – Some injuries caused by a New Mexico trucking accident may cause significant injury which could cause the need for medications. These medications could be for pain control, such as for nerve injuries or regional complex syndrome caused by the injury. These medications could also be for anxiety or brain injuries which cause severe headaches. Other medications could be to control damage to internal organs, such as for insulin or hormones that are damaged due to traumatic damage.
Physical therapy/Occupational Therapy/Rehabilitative Costs – Some victims will have prolonged therapy needs. For instance, if a victim loses a limb in a trucking crash, it may take months or years of physical therapy and re-training to return to a normal-or at least self supporting-schedule of daily activities. The needs may evolve as a person ages, meaning re-training may be necessary. These future rehabilitative needs can be compensated.
Medical Equipment – The use of medical equipment such as ambulatory devices will need to be replaced over the years that a victim is recovering. Again in the case of an amputation, a person may go through many crutches, wheelchairs, or prosthetic limbs over the court of his or her life.
Modifications to your Home or Vehicle – If victims are paralyzed, modifications to the home or vehicle to make them accessible such as with ramps, elevators, or other assist devices. Wider doors may be needed for wheelchairs, and modifications to the bathroom or bedroom may also be necessary for basic, daily living.
Lost Wages/Lost Earnings – When a victim can no longer perform the same job and has to take a lower paying position, the difference in the income of the pre-accident job and the post-accident job can be compensated over the victim’s estimated working life. If a victim can no longer work, the entire difference may be necessary which could result in a significant lost wages and lost warnings claim.
Future damages may be extremely debilitating for a victim and plague a victim for his or her entire life. These must be properly addressed in a settlement or in court during trial. If you or a loved one have future damages as a result from a New Mexico trucking accident, please call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn what your 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.