When you have experienced a car wreck, the financial tolls that can be the aftermath can be devastating. Not only are you dealing with having to get your car fixed, you may be injured because of the accident. When it is because of the negligence of someone else, you have the right to be fairly compensated for the income you will lose while you are recovering from the injury.
Time Off From Work
An injury resulting from a car accident can easily cause you the need to take time off from work. Unfortunately for some people, their jobs do not include paid sick days or even vacation time. They may have to take an unpaid leave of absence or beg for time off to recover. If you have a job that offers sick days, you still may not have enough of them left to fully recover from your injuries. You may be wondering if you are able to be reimbursed for the time that you have to take off of work because of an injury that is the result of a car accident. That answer is yes.
Calculating Lost Income
In most court cases, the ruling for personal injury victims is that they are indeed entitled to reimbursement for time lost from work while they recover from their injuries. Lost income may include not just what the victim would have made at their job if they hadn’t been injured, but additional compensation regarding their injuries.
Lost income is described as the amount that you make from your employer, which may be paid either monthly, weekly, or every other week. It may be by direct deposit or in the form of a company check. If you are not able to work because of a car accident, the money you lose from not going to your job can quickly add up. While you may have sick days to use or vacation days left over, these should not be counted as time off because of the accident. You should not have to use your vacation days because of someone else’s negligence.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side from the very start of your claim. Your employer or the claims adjuster assigned to your case may cause problems for you if you are out of work longer than you expected to be, especially after you have used any sick or vacation days to take care of your injuries. You will need to show that you have suffered legitimate injuries from the car accident, which is best shown through paperwork from a doctor. Your physician should provide your personal injury lawyer a detailed statement concerning how you got your injuries, the extent of the injuries, and their diagnosis for you and also your prescribed treatment. They should also give an estimated guess as to how long you may be out of work. This statement should also list any restrictions that need to be placed on your job once you can go back to work. This may include limits on how much you may lift or the amount of time you may stand. Remember, the more detailed the claim is, the more money you may be rewarded for time off.
Additional Proof from your Employer
Your employer can also help you get the money that you are owed because of time lost due to an accident. You will need to show the insurance adjuster proof of the income you have already lost and will lose in the future while you are being treated for your injury. Your employer can give you a written document which confirms the following information:
•Hourly pay or salary
•Days missed due to the accident
•Normal hours you work during each pay period
•Overtime that you typically work
•Sick or vacation days you had to use because of the accident
•Loss of promotion due to the accident
•Any lost perks due to the accident
Your personal injury lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to present to the claims adjuster that was hired to go over your case. The more detailed and precise the proof of lost wages are, the better chance you will have to be fully compensated for the money you are losing out on because of a car accident.
You are entitled to reimbursement for any lost wages you are experiencing because you cannot work. Our experienced law firm will help you wade through the legalities of your claim so that you can take care of your financial obligations and work on your health. Don’t let an accident ruin your financial life when we can help you get the money you deserve.
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