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When a victim is injured or killed by the careless driver of a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle, case navigation can be complex. Since 1978, Gold, Khourey & Turak has been trusted by thousands of victims and their families who have been injured or killed in these types of crashes.

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Personal Injury Case Results

In an effort to educate potential clients about the work that we do, we have summarized a few of our cases. The following cases have been generalized in order to maintain confidentiality for all parties involved. Each case has its own set of facts, and the following settlements and verdicts have been obtained based on the facts and merits of each individual circumstance. Therefore, you should not equate the results in this section to be accurate with respect to your claim.

$19.6 million recovery. Coal mine explosion. A violent explosion at a local mine tragically killed multiple workers and seriously injured several others. We represented families of two of the deceased and two injured workers.

$2.4 million jury verdict. Police officer hit by drunk driver.Our client was a police officer for a city police department. While directing traffic, our client was struck by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol level was .18. Our client suffered trauma to his back, neck, and lower extremities. He also suffered from headaches, memory loss, and concentration difficulties. Case settled post-verdict.

$1.5 million recovery. Automobile accident.While driving on the interstate, our client encountered heavy fog and pulled off to the side of the highway leaving the lights on. While pulled off to the side of the road, our client was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, which resulted in an 11-car pile-up. Our client suffered blindness in her right eye, multiple fractures, tendon and nerve damage to her right arm, multiple facial injuries with scarring, multiple rib fractures, and bilateral pneumothorx. Case settled prior to trial.

$1.4 million settlement. Automobile accident & Insurance bad faith.Our client was injured in an automobile accident by an unknown driver who fled the scene. Our client filed a lawsuit against the unknown driver and made a claim against her own insurance under the terms of her uninsured motorist coverage. Our client repeatedly made requests that her own insurance company adjust her claim, but all requests went unacknowledged. After a trial, the Court entered a judgment against the unknown driver and awarded more than $1,000,000 in damages. Judgment was also entered against our client’s insurance carrier for the uninsured policy limit.

$900,000 recovery. Automobile accident.We represented a husband and wife that were hit head on by a tandem truck. The husband underwent multiple surgeries to repair fractures to his femur, hip, and mandible. Although the wife’s injuries were not as severe, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from the emotional stress and anxiety of the accident.

$765,000 recovery. Job site accident.Our client was working for his employer building a new home. As the defendant attempted to boom drywall through an opening in the upstairs of the house, the unsecured drywall shifted causing it to fall on the plank where our client was standing. As a result of his fall, our client sustained a serious head injury and 2 herniated discs.

$750,000 recovery. Automobile accident resulting in severe disability. Our client was forced into the median strip by a tractor-trailer that was changing lanes. Injuries included intracerebral hematoma resulting in severe disability which requires 24-hour care. This case went to trial twice before settling on the first day of the third trial.

Tractor Trailer/Truck Accidents FAQ

How do I know if I have a personal injury auto accident claim?

To have a personal injury claim, you have to prove that you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Even if you’re partially at fault, you may have a claim if you can show that the other person was more at fault for your injury.

What issues affect the damages I can receive in a personal injury auto accident?

In every case, these issues are considered:

 

1) Liability – Was someone at fault?

2) Causation – Were the injuries caused by the other party’s actions?

3) Damages – What are my injuries? What amount will fairly and adequately compensate for my injuries?

4) Source of Collection – Is there insurance or other assets from which damages can be recovered?

The insurance company asked me to provide a statement about my accident. What should I do?

It depends on who is asking. Don’t sign or say anything to an insurance adjuster before you speak to an attorney. It could limit your rights to pursue a claim and significantly affect its value. If you are asked to provide a statement, contact GKT to help determine if you should consent.

I was injured in an auto accident and it was the other person’s fault. Can the insurance company refuse to pay my medical bills if my car wasn’t damaged?

No. If your injuries were a result of the accident, the insurance company should pay your medical bills. Insurance companies will try to make a connection between the damage to the vehicle and the injuries that might be expected. But the two don’t always correlate. Many times, small-impact collisions cause significant injuries, while someone might walk away from a major accident with only cuts and bruises.

Can the insurance company refuse to pay if I have a pre-existing condition?

It depends. If additional harm is caused to the pre-existing injury, or if it flares up as a result of the accident, the insurance company has a responsibility to compensate the victim for the injuries sustained in the accident.

Should I seek medical attention after an accident even if I’m not sure I was injured?

It’s a good idea to see a doctor if you believe that you’ve been injured. If you submit a claim to the insurance company without knowing the full extent of your damages, including injuries, you could experience financial hardship. Once a case is settled, you can’t reopen it and get additional compensation for your injuries.

Are medical bills included in a bodily injury claim?

A bodily injury claim generally refers to a personal injury claim. Financial damages would include lost wages, past and future medical bills, and rental car expenses. In a bodily injury claim, you may also collect general damages, which include pain and suffering, humiliation, and distress. When you settle a bodily injury claim, it’s important to include all available types of damages or you may lose the right to recover those losses.

What is the statute of limitations on my minor child’s personal injury auto accident case?

Statutes of limitations vary by state and type of case. In West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a personal injury claim must be brought within two years of the date of the injury. For minors, the statute of limitations begins to run on their 18th birthday. Certain states have additional special rules for minors. In Pennsylvania, if a minor is totally self-supporting, or “emancipated,” at the time of the injury, the child must file suit within two years of the date when the injury occurred. If the minor is “unemancipated,” or not totally self-supporting, then suit must be filed within two years of the child’s 18th birthday. Any medical expenses incurred because of the minor’s personal injury claim are the parent’s responsibility and their claim for those expenses can expire within two years of the incident.

What does “uninsured” and “underinsured” motorist coverage mean?

Uninsured and underinsured coverage is purchased under your own automobile insurance policy. Uninsured coverage provides you with protection if you’re injured in an automobile accident and the other party, who is at fault, doesn’t have automobile insurance. Underinsured coverage provides you with protection if you’re injured and the other party, who is at fault, doesn’t have enough automobile insurance to compensate you for your damages.

Will my insurance premiums increase if I make an uninsured or underinsured claim under my own policy?

In most cases, your premiums will not increase. When you make a claim, it’s because the accident was the other person’s fault. Keep in mind that you’ve bought this coverage, so it will be there when you need it.

If I file a personal injury claim, will the person who caused the accident have to pay me anything or spend time in jail?

A personal injury claim is a civil case, not a criminal case. So the person who caused the accident won’t go to jail or be fined because of your claim. In addition, most personal injury damages are paid by insurance and defended by lawyers who work for the insurance company.