How To Receive Compensation For Lost Wages After An Accident

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When you are involved in an auto accident, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, you might wonder if you will also be entitled to compensation for the wages lost as a result of the accident. To receive compensation, you will want to work closely with a personal injury attorney.

Compensation Through Your Insurance Provider

When all else fails, you will need to turn to your insurance provider for help. However, your insurance will only compensate you for your lost wages if you have agreed to add compensation for lost wages to your insurance policy and if your insurance company provides it. Otherwise, you'll only receive compensation if you can prove that the other party was at fault.

How to Prove That You Lost Wages

You will need to prove that you were previously earning an income that was affected by your accident. For example, you may earn $2,000 a week at your current job, and you will be entitled to not only your $2,000 a week but also any wages you might lose in the future. 

A personal injury attorney can assist you in proving that you lost wages and are unable to work by hiring an economic expert witness. In some cases, you might be unable to perform at your current place of employment, but you may be able to work somewhere else. But if you will earn a lower wage at your new place of employment, you may be entitled to compensation for the difference in your wage.

Psychological Damages

You may even be entitled to compensation for psychological damages. For example, you might suffer from anxiety or depression which prevents you from being productive at work.

Returning to Work

You may be unsure of whether you should return to work. If you don't return to work and you fail to receive compensation for your lost wages, you may suffer financially. But if you do return to work, you may exacerbate your injuries. 

Therefore, you will want to ask this question when talking to your doctor and your personal injury attorney. Your attorney can give you a good sense of whether you will be likely to receive compensation for your lost wages so you can make an informed decision.

If you do decide to pursue lost wages in addition to your medical bills and pain and suffering, your personal injury attorney will assist you in crafting a solid case so you can maximize the compensation you receive for your accident.


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