Since it was founded in 1973, FedEx has grown into a company of $84 billion in revenues as of 2021. Across the country and around the world, you can see the distinctive purple and orange FedEx trucks delivering parcels, packages, and documents. If you have been injured by one of these vehicles or by a FedEx employee or contractor, you may wonder what options you have for seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses.
What Are Some Common Injuries People Sue FedEx For?
If you have sustained any kind of injury in an accident with a FedEx truck or during any interaction with FedEx and your injury was caused by negligence, you may be able to sue FedEx or another party. There are many ways FedEx workers, contractors, and trucks can cause injuries. Some common injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Back trauma
- Soft tissue injuries or whiplash
- Broken bones
FedEx-related injuries can range from injuries that will heal completely, like a broken bone, to devastating permanent injuries such as brain trauma, which can impact a person’s ability to live independently. Any injury, however, can mean considerable medical bills, lost income, property damage, and expenses. If these losses occurred due to someone’s negligence, you may have a claim which allows you to seek compensation. If a FedEx fatal accident occurs, the immediate family members may have a claim against FedEx or other liable parties.
How Do FedEx Injuries Tend to Happen?
FedEx delivery drivers, contractors, and employees are expected to avoid injury and accidents, but negligence still does occur. The delivery of FedEx packages and parcels involves many stages, from a customer dropping off a package to the transit of the item through airplanes and trucks, all the way to final delivery. At any point, something unexpected can occur.
The most common cause of FedEx injuries involves the vehicles which deliver and transport parcels. Due to driver inattention, mechanical failure, speeding, driver inexperience, or other factors, a FedEx vehicle can crash into pedestrians or other vehicles, causing serious injuries. In some cases, FedEx vehicles can crash into property, harming anyone inside.
Any time you sustain an injury caused by the negligence of a FedEx contractor, employee, or the company itself, it is worth evaluating your injuries and their costs. It can be helpful to explore your options with a personal injury attorney.
Is Suing FedEx for Injury Possible in Your Case?
In order to have a case against FedEx, you need to be able to prove that FedEx was negligent and this negligence caused your injury. Since being able to differentiate between negligence and simply an accident is a challenge, one of the best ways to determine whether you have a case is to contact a personal injury attorney if you have been in an accident with a FedEx truck. You can always contact Johnson Garcia LLP for a free consultation, during which we can explore whether you have a claim.
One challenge with determining whether you have a claim against FedEx is that the company sells its routes. A truck with “FedEx” printed on the side may in fact belong to a delivery company or business that has purchased a FedEx route. These companies can even hire their own contractors, so even if you seem to be injured by FedEx you may not be able to hold the parent company liable and may need to file a lawsuit against the business that owns the route or against their contractors or subcontractors. An experienced attorney can find the liable parties and can explain whether you have a claim.
What’s the Process For Suing FedEx for Injury?
Suing FedEx can be as simple as contacting Johnson Garcia Law. Our attorneys can review your potential claim and if you have a case we have the resources to guide you through the process, taking care of the paperwork and building a strong case. The process will involve:
- Filing a claim. Once you have secured an attorney, your attorney will file a civil complaint in the appropriate court, outlining the claims and giving defendants a chance to respond. The defendants may ask for changes to the courts or may seek to have the case dismissed and your attorney will work for the best outcome for you.
- Discovery and pre-trial. During the pre-trial stage of the claim, both sides take part in discovery, which involves securing documentation and evidence. Both sides must share the evidence found during discovery. You may be “interviewed” by the defendant’s attorney in a deposition, and the pre-trial process will also generally involve motions, appearances in court, and the setting of a trial date.
- Settlement. In many cases, mediation and negotiation occur before the trial date and there are opportunities for both parties to reach a settlement. If a settlement is agreed upon between the parties, the case does not need to continue to trial.
- Trial. If no settlement can be reached, then the trial begins. This can take a few days, but afterward either side can appeal the outcome.
The outcome of a FedEx lawsuit can vary. The most likely outcome is a settlement because the litigation process is complex and expensive for the company, but this is absolutely not guaranteed. Your case may go all the way to court, where you may lose or win your claim.
How Can Having a Personal Injury Lawyer Like Johnson Garcia Help?
Speaking to an accident lawyer is important if you’ve been injured by FedEx, a FedEx employee, or a company that has purchased a FedEx route. FedEx is a large multinational company with legal teams working for them full-time and powerful insurance companies representing them. If you have been injured, FedEx and their insurers will do all they can to avoid accepting liability. An experienced attorney is familiar with these tactics and knows how to build a strong claim.
Being injured is stressful enough. Let Johnson Garcia represent you in your claim. Our law firm was established by two attorneys who were partners at one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country. However, Daniel Johnson and Juan Garcia wanted to make a difference in the lives of those in need. They have dedicated their professional lives to helping those who have been injured.
Johnson Garcia has recovered over $100,000,000.00 on behalf of clients injured by large corporations. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience and a proven track record of winning cases for plaintiffs. If you have been injured in a FedEx delivery truck accident or have sustained any injury which may be caused by FedEx, contact Johnson Garcia for a free consultation. You can also call our FedEx auto accident claims phone number at 832-844-6700 to speak to an attorney.