It’s common for car accident victims to find themselves unable to work while they recover from their injuries, especially if they’re involved in a high-speed collision. Broken bones, brain damage, and permanent disability are only a few of the consequences you might experience due to another driver’s negligence.
Don’t forget that you’re entitled to compensation for all damages after a car accident results in a personal injury.
What you do after a collision can influence your ability to recover lost wages, which is why you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Getting compensated for lost income due to a car accident will be easier and quicker when you have an experienced professional by your side.
Demonstrating Your Injuries
Providing proof of your injuries is crucial if you want your claim to be successful. Defendants and insurance companies will try to avoid payout by accusing you of making your injuries worse or using them as an excuse to miss work. Detailed medical records showing your treatment plan and your experiences with the injury can stop this from happening.
When medical records aren’t enough, don’t forget that you can still get your doctor involved. They can provide a statement on your behalf that demonstrates how your injuries and your job are not compatible. They can prove that trying to ignore the pain will only cause significant discomfort, health complications, and decreased productivity.
Proof of Your Lost Income
Proving that your injuries exist and were a direct result of another driver’s negligence is only the first step. If you want to be adequately compensated, you need to prove that you’re actively losing income. You’ll also need a way to quantify your lost wages, as calculating your compensation properly requires a specific monetary value.
This can be done by asking for a letter from your employer, which explains the situation and how your injuries stop you from working.
Gathering pay documents would be your next step. Pay stubs, tax returns, tax forms and other financial considerations that can demonstrate how much income you’re losing is fundamental if you want to maximize your settlement.
Documenting Reduced Earning Capacity
It’s not rare for an accident to cause temporary or permanent disability. Even if you manage to recover, returning to work could still be impossible because of the damage done by the accident. This can result in a reduction in your earning capacity, as you’re unable to perform as you used to before the accident.
You have a right to pursue additional compensation for the income lost because of your disability. Medical records and a statement from your doctor will help you in this scenario too, especially if the accident aggravated a pre-existing injury.
Call a Car Accident Lawyer
When a car accident leaves you with severe injuries, to the point where you’re unable to work and take care of your loved ones, you need to be compensated adequately in order to get your life back on track. Unfortunately, this can be difficult and make you feel overwhelmed, especially when insurance adjusters try to diminish your claim’s value.
Car accident lawyers at The Estes Law Firm are here to seek justice on your behalf. We know that you’re in a difficult financial situation and won’t let anyone take advantage of it. You can start now by calling 281-238-5400 or using our website’s contact form to schedule your free consultation.
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