Hurt In An Accident And Out Of Work: What Victims Should Know

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If you were hit by a careless driver, you should not need to suffer from the loss of income that will inevitably result. Lost wages are only one of several forms of damage that accident victims are entitled to be paid. Read on and learn more.

Taking the Extra Step

Many accident victims hope that the other driver's insurer will pay them enough to cover their losses. However, many victims are in for an unpleasant surprise because insurers will only pay what they are forced to pay. If the insurer is dragging their feet and holding up your settlement, don't take another step without speaking to your own personal injury lawyer. They can not only get the insurer to speed things up, but they will also ensure that you don't accept an inadequate settlement. Lost wages are one of those forms of damage that many insurers will only pay if you take legal action against them.

If Only You Had Not Been Hurt

When it comes to accident damages, you can consider the things that happened because of the accident that would not have happened otherwise. You probably don't miss many days of work, but an accident injury could put a stop to your dedication and create some serious holes in your budget. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might be out of work for weeks or even a month or more. You are owed reimbursement for that money and for any paid time off benefits you were forced to use.

Lost Wages Damages

This damage category should contain a list of all time you have missed from work. Even if you have been released from the hospital, you should also include any time you are required to recuperate at home until your doctor releases you to go back to work. After going back to work, include any time spent attending a doctor's appointment, picking up medication, having a test done, or taking care of walkers, crutches, and other hard medical goods.

What Victims Need to Do

Take these steps to ensure that you are paid what you are owed for the lost wages category of damages:

  • Keep up with your time that you should have been working but were unable to because of the injuries.
  • Speak to a personal injury lawyer and get the process started so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve.
  • Be ready to provide your attorney with proof of your salary. That can be done with a previous pay statement, pay stub, bank statement, income tax return, or a letter from your employer.   

Contact a law firm, such as Basu Law, for more information. 


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