Truck Driver Requires Back Surgery After 18-Wheeler Accident | Attorney Niles Sneed
Sneed & Mitchell LLP Attorney Niles Sneed was recently recently retained to represent a truck driver seriously injured in a preventable accident with another 18 wheeler in East Texas. Our client was hauling a load of heavy machinery and was on his way to a construction site. As he was approaching an intersection, the other tractor-trailer ran a red light and collided with the side of his semi-truck. The impact of the collision caused the truck to lose control and hit a guardrail before coming to a stop on the side of the road.
Our client was trapped inside the cab of the truck and had to be extricated by emergency responders. When he was finally freed, it was discovered that he had sustained serious injuries, including a broken arm and multiple fractures in his spine. He was immediately transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair his broken arm.
After the surgery, doctors discovered that he had also suffered a herniated disc in his lower back as a result of the accident. He was in severe pain and unable to move his legs, which was caused by the spinal injuries. He had to undergo back surgery to repair the disc and fuse the affected vertebrae. The surgery was successful, but our client had to undergo a long and difficult recovery period. He was unable to work for several months and had to undergo physical therapy to regain the use of his legs. The accident caused him to have a permanent disability, he can never drive a truck again.
Our attorneys determined that the driver of the other 18 wheeler who ran the red light was at fault for the accident. On behalf of our client, attorney Niles Sneed will file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and the driver's insurance company to seek compensation for his injuries and lost wages. The at-fault driver was negligent, and recovery sought will be significant to help cover the costs of his medical treatment, lost wages and future medical expenses.
The Costs Incurred For Surgery After A Trucking Accident
The cost of back surgery after a truck crash can be substantial and can vary depending on the type of surgery, the location of the injury, and the patient's individual circumstances. The costs can include:
These include the cost of the surgery, the hospital stay, and any additional procedures that may be required such as physical therapy or rehabilitation.
This includes the cost of the surgeon's services, as well as any additional fees for anesthesiologists and other medical personnel involved in the surgery.
Pre-operative and post-operative care
This includes the cost of any diagnostic tests, such as MRI or CT scans, and any follow-up appointments with the surgeon or other specialists that may be required.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation may be required after the surgery and will add to the overall cost of the procedure.
If the victim is unable to work during the recovery period, they may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.
Pain and suffering
The victim may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, which can be substantial if the victim is left with permanent disability.
It's important to note that these are just a few examples, and the actual cost of back surgery after a trucking accident can vary widely depending on the individual case. An attorney can help you understand the costs that you may be facing and can help you pursue compensation to cover these costs.
Investigating Semi-Truck Crashes
Determining liability in a truck or semi accident case can be a complex and overwhelming process, but hiring an experienced truck accident attorney can help make the process easier for you.
An attorney will first thoroughly investigate the accident by gathering and reviewing evidence such as the police report, witness statements, black box information and any available video footage. The lawyer will also conduct an independent investigation, which may include interviewing witnesses, inspecting the vehicles, and consulting with accident reconstruction experts and engineers.
Once the attorney has gathered all of the necessary information, they will use it to determine who is at fault for the accident. Fault is determined by existing transportation codes and additional trucking regulations. In some cases, the fault may be clear, such as when the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. However, in other cases, determining fault may be more complicated and require a detailed analysis of the evidence.
Some of the parties that may be liable for a truck accident include the truck driver, co-driver, product manufacturer, or the company responsible for maintaining the tractor-trailer. Your attorney will work to identify all of the parties that may be liable for your injuries and hold them accountable.
In addition to determining liability or proportionate responsibility, an attorney can also help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Victims and their families often inquire about the average trucking accident settlement, which although tough to estimate, can be guessed after a thorough investigation into your damages. They will handle all of the legal paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, it is important to seek the help of an experienced truck accident attorney and obtain a free consultation. Trucking accident attorney Attorney Niles Sneed can help you determine who is at fault and hold them accountable for your damages and injuries. With the help of an attorney, you can focus on your recovery and getting the compensation you deserve.
This lawsuit will soon be filed in Texas District Court.