Being the victim of a careless driver can bring about several different miseries, such as physical injuries, emotional damage, a wrecked car and more. If you have been hurt badly enough, you may not be able to work at your job. When this occurs, it can wreak havoc on your budget and bills can begin to pile up. Fortunately, you are entitled to be compensated for all of the above, including any lost wages. Read on to learn more about how your lost wages may be calculated.
What do lost wages mean? While it may seem obvious, work-related compensation can go further than many people know. If your accident affected your ability to work in any way, you can be compensated for it. For example, consider the following lost wages scenarios:
- You were hospitalized for weeks due to your injuries: You are eligible to be reimbursed for every moment of that time.
- You must now attend physical therapy sessions: All time spent at a physician ordered treatment, including commute time to and from, can be reimbursed to you.
- You are well enough to return to work on a part time basis only: You can be "made whole" for all missed hours.
- You are fortunate enough to have some paid time off, which you used for some of your recuperation and accident related needs: You should not need to use your valuable job perks because of another driver's negligence.
Other work-relate damages: It's not just time lost from work that can impact your finances; you may also be suffering from other damages. For example, if you were unable to participate in an important work training session and are now at a disadvantage at work, you may be eligible for damages. Perhaps you missed the training for using a new software program? Being "out of the loop" can really affect and damage your career.
Additionally, you may have missed important client meetings, conferences, interviews and more as a result of your accident and the resulting medical treatments. Is it possible that you have been passed over for a promotion or a raise due to your absence from work? Unfortunately, it is entirely possible and you may be able to recoup some or all of those damages through a personal injury suit.
To ensure that you get the compensation you need and deserve, keep careful records of your accident related treatments. Use a journal to record how the accident is impacting you day to day, and speak to a personal injury attorney, like one from Fitzsimmons & Vervaecke Law Firm, to help you get what you need to cover all of your damages from the accident.