A personal injury claim can be expensive. Depending on the severity of the accident, you might be faced with thousands of dollars in medical bills and property damage. This is in addition to the bills that you receive every month. Unfortunately, if you sustained an injury during the accident, you might not be unable to return to work.
In careers that require physical labor, a common injury such as a broken bone may leave you without the ability to work. When you are being faced with a pile of new bills, this can seem overwhelming.
Lost wages are an important part of a personal injury claim and you should make sure that you are compensated for all the wages that have already been lost as well as the ones that will be lost in the future.
The amount that you can claim for lost wages varies by the time and severity of the injury. For example, someone whose career requires them to be stationary at a desk, a broken ankle might allow them to return to work in a few weeks. However, for someone that works in a warehouse and is required to be on their feet all day moving heavy objects, a broken ankle might keep them out of work for months. Working with your doctor and lawyer, you will be able to determine the value of the lost wages that you have sustained due to the accident.
Why Hire an Attorney
If you find yourself in this situation, it is always best to speak with a personal injury attorney. Fighting a case on your own is difficult and your odds of winning increase when you have a lawyer on your side. An experienced personal injury attorney can help communicate with the insurance company, collect evidence and present the case in a way that helps to maximize your damages.
In addition, personal injury attorneys predominantly work on a contingency basis which means that they are not paid unless you are and won’t add to a growing pile of bills. Let an attorney focus on your case while you focus on your recovery.
If you have found yourself in a situation where you are facing bills, but do not have the ability to work, read more about the specific accident scenarios:
- City Vehicle
- Drunk Driver
- Fallen Debris Accident
- Head-On Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
- Hit While Merging on the Highway
- Hit While Parked
- Motorcycle Accident
- Multiple Drivers Accident
- No Headlights
- No Turn Signal
- Phantom Driver
- Side Swipe Accident
- Texting Driver
- Tow Truck