I am sorry to hear about your husbands collision and injury. You need to retain legal counsel. It sounds as if your husband may have two separate claims one for Personal injury as it relates to the 18 wheeler and one for workers compensation. If handled properly the fact that your husband does not have health insurance will not keep him from getting the care he needs.
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Your husband needs a good lawyer to investigate his potential options as well as liability and any damages that exist. I would be happy to speak to him and point him in the right direction. Where was the accident?
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Your husband needs to receive medical care. Because he lacks health
insurance many doctors will not treat him without being paid upfront. I can
arrange for your husband to receive care *without upfront payment*.
Additionally, your husband should not sign any documents the insurance
company presents him before speaking with an attorney. I would be glad to
speak with him for free. Please contact me with any questions.
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I hope that your husband is on the mend. The employer is correct - your husband should not give any statement. You and your husband should contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure that his rights are protected. Evidence must be secured and letters sent to the at fault trucking company to prevent them from destroying evidence. I would be happy to provide a free consultation.
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You should hire an attorney as soon as possible. Trucking companies are very difficult to deal with in cases.
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the most important thing that you can do is make sure that your husband gets the medical attention that he needs at this time. Once you have that in place, you should contact an attorney in your area that practice is personal injury law. I am in Marietta, and am available to speak to you.
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That is so awful. I am so sorry that this happened. It must have been very scary for your husband. Your husband needs to get prompt medical attention & continue with his treatment until he is better. Your husband should not speak with anyone from the trucker's insurance company. Ya'll really need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. You are welcome to contact me on my cell phone anytime day or night @ (404) 468-4689, including over the weekend, if you would like to talk. I can also visit ya'll if you would like. I hope your husband feels better. Take care.
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As others have suggested, your husband has a potential workers' compensation claim as a result of being injured while on the job. With the help of a reputable workers' comp attorney, he should be able to obtain all the care he needs to get better.
He also has a liability claim against the truck driver and his employer as a result of his negligence in running a red light. Claims against trucking companies are very different than claims against individuals like you and me and the insurance companies that insure us. For that reason, I highly encourage you to contact a firm with experience handling these types of claims. It is also important to do this quickly to preserve any evidence and speak with any witnesses that may be needed later.
My firm has handled a variety of these types of claims up to and including wrongful death claims. You can find out more about these cases on our website (http://www.awjoneslaw.com/Personal-Injury/Tractor-Trailer-Accidents.aspx). Please feel free to contact me at (770) 427-5498. We are also located in Marietta and would be happy to meet with you or discuss the case at your convenience free of charge.
Don't let him speak to the insurance company or make a statement. He needs a good lawyer so he can get maximum compensation.
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What a horrible accident! I hope your husband recovers soon.
Your husband needs tio get legal counsel immediately and should NOT talk to the company responsible or their insurer. Any statements he makes will be used against him.
I see two possible claims:
(1) a negligence claim against the trucker (and likely his employer) for his medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.
(2) a possible workers comp claim with his employer (workers comp is likely required to pay his medical bills so don't fret about his lack of health insurance). There are specific requirements for making that claim in a timely fashion.
I'd be very happy to schedule a free consultation. I handle such cases and the other lawyer in my building also does. Call me at 404-768-3509, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org over the weekend.
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Generally, all of the answers provided contain useful information for you. Your husband has a variety of claims which need to be carefully handled by competent counsel. It is very important that you carefully select an attorney and I would suggest speaking with more than one attorney before making a selection. Having represented numerous people in similar matters, I would be happy to discuss this you and your husband or make a referral to other very qualified attorneys.
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As others have suggested, there may be 2 claims here, (1) workers compensation, and (2) and third party truck accident claim (against truck driver/trucking company). Your husband should consult a lawyer.
Also true that trucking cases can be challenging because many truck carriers have their insurance adjusters, and even an attorney, on the scene shortly after a crash.
Your husband should consult a lawyer as soon as he is able to do so.
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I agree with the advice shared by all the fine lawyers on this service. Medical treatment can be arranged. Since he was working, workers's comp may also apply. We would be happy to discuss all options with you and your husband.
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I pray your husband makes a full recovery. In addition to the information listed above, it is extremely important that you retain counsel that has handled 18 wheeler accidents in the past. An 18 wheeler accident is completely different from a regular car accident, and it should be handled by law firm/lawyer with keen insight in this area of law.
First: focus on helping get your husband the medical care he needs. There are many good doctors you might treat him for "deferred payment" or work on another payment arrangement with them. A good trucking/personal injury lawyer can help you with this. Second, in this condition your husband should not give an statement to the trucking company's insurance company without first speaking with his own trucking lawyer. You should find and retain a lawyer who specifically handles cases against trucking companies. Cases against professional drivers and trucking companies are much different than cases involving automobiles. You will need someone familiar with the regulations governing trucks who knows what evidence will need to be gathered. There may well be many other reasons why the truck ran the light, including whether the driver was overworked or operating over the maximum amount of allowed driving hours.
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Your husband needs an attorney. Not just a personal injury attorney, he needs an attorney that specializes in trucking accidents. There are many State and Federal regulations that relate to the operation of commercial vehicles and many of these regulations are violated by "over the road" or "long haul" truckers.
Many personal injury attorneys that do not specialize in trucking litigation treat trucking accidents like "big car wrecks." They are very different beasts in and of themselves, and should be handled differently. Beyond your husband's compensatory damages (your husband's medical bills, lost wages, property damage to his vehicle, pain, and suffering) you may also have a claim for loss of consortium (the loss of services and marital duties of a husband), and there very likely is a claim for punitive damages against the truck driver, the trucking company, or even against the insurance company directly, in Georgia.
Many folks here mentioned being able to get medical care without medical insurance. Any attorney should be able to help your husband with that. It's called a "medical lien" and means that the doctors' services will be paid out of any settlement and verdict that you and your husband receive from the insurance company for the trucking company. Any attorney's office can do that for you. Generally speaking, medical providers won't accept payment on a lien basis without an attorney representing the patient, so keep that in mind.
You husband has multiple ways for to recover and be compensated for this accident. Many attorneys have responded to your question and I suggest you contact an experienced attorney ASAP. The trucking company has no obligation to retain log book or speed data unless they are properly placed on notice. Please contact a lawyer as soon as practicable. We specialize in Truck Accidents and would be happy to speak to you about your case. 404 835 8072
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