Using An Auto Accident Attorney To Recover Lost Wages
A broken leg, whiplash, back pain, a concussion — being in a car accident can have devastating consequences, not the least of which is the financial burden that results from lost wages as you miss out on time at work. When a crash threatens to derail your future, accident attorneys like those at Moore Law Firm can help you recover the money you deserve.
What Are Lost Wages?
If you’ve been in an accident and received injuries that caused you to miss work, any subsequent reduction in pay can be categorized as lost wages. This term applies whether you’ve been in the hospital, had to call out due to pain or disability or had to skip a shift, come in late or leave early to make a doctor’s appointment or receive treatment. Depending on your situation, you may be able to pursue lost hourly pay or salary as well as any related employment benefits such as commission or bonuses.
Before you can pursue a lost wages claim, you’ll need to put together documentation that proves your case, including proof of your injuries. Whether you’re making a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company or asking your own insurance carrier for compensation, you’ll likely be contacted by an agent requesting your medical records. Sign and return the authorization form, but read it carefully first — you may want to consult a personal injury attorney before proceeding to ensure your rights are protected.
You’ll also need written proof from your employer outlining your employment, confirming the dates and times you missed work and detailing any compensation you lost out on as a result. Include full as well as partial days off and any time off covered by vacation time or sick days. If you’re self-employed, you’re still entitled to lost wages, but you may have to provide tax returns or verify your income via other methods.
Important Tips From An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
Use the following tips to build a strong case and strengthen your position:
- Be honest with your doctor. Don’t downplay your pain or try to “tough it out.” Being open and clear about any discomfort, new issues and ongoing concerns is the best way to make sure you can heal quickly and present an accurate case to the opposition.
- Keep all your paperwork. Make copies of anything you read, sign or submit, and keep those copies in your files. Even your prescription receipts may prove useful down the road.
- Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. Sometimes the best offense is a dedicated advocate who knows the letter of the law and isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right.
If you’ve been in an accident and need help recovering your lost wages, our team at Moore Law Firm is here to get you the money you’re owed. To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or call our office at 251-445-7602.