If you were injured in a car accident, your injuries can prevent you from going back to work right away. Depending on their severity, it can also take time to recover from your injuries. A car accident attorney can collect direct deposit receipts and other proof of income to determine the value of your lost wages. You can be reimbursed for income losses after a car accident by proving it was caused by negligence.
The other driver could have been negligent by driving in a reckless or careless manner. The car’s manufacturer or mechanic could have been negligent due to a manufacturing flaw or faulty repair. Your lawyer will investigate the accident and determine its cause. They will also explore all avenues of financial liability and pursue compensation accordingly.
Lost Wages You Can Recover After a Car Accident
Even seemingly minor injuries can prevent you from working for a short time. Others can impede your ability to work for longer times or even on a permanent basis. The lost income you can recover may include:
- Full- and part-time income
- Hourly wages
- Gig economy income
- Business ownership losses
- Freelance income
- Consultancy income
- Paid vacation days
If your injuries are long-term or permanent, they could hinder your ability to earn a living or grow in your profession. Under those circumstances, you can also recover compensation for the loss of future earning capacity.
Additional Economic Damages You Can Recover After a Car Accident
Lost wages are a type of tangible damage that can typically be substantiated with records and documents. Additional tangible or economic damages include any medical expenses you incur to treat your accident injuries or aid in your recovery, including:
- Medical bills
- Rehab bills
- Therapy bills
- Medication costs
- Medical devices
- In-home support
You can also be reimbursed for the costs of restoring your car to its pre-accident condition. If your car is declared a total loss, you are entitled to its value. Even if it is repaired, you could still recover damages for its diminished value.
Recoverable Non-Economic Car Accident Damages
You can also recover intangible damages after a car accident, though they can be harder to document without legal guidance. Your personal injury attorney will handle it for you and request compensation for your:
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
When a lawyer represents you, they compile your medical records, prognosis report, and your own statement about the toll the accident has taken on you to determine the value of your non-economic damages.
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A Car Accident Attorney Will Prove Your Right to Recover Lost Wages and More
Recovering lost wages and other damages after a car accident starts with understanding what caused the accident. Your lawyer will collect evidence that proves the following elements of negligence:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Your car accident report is one of the first pieces of evidence your lawyer will collect for your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. It will contain key contact details and information, including points of impact, witness observations, and narratives and diagrams from the investigating officer. The evidence your lawyer compiles can also help steer your case toward a financial settlement.
Your Evidence Collection Plays Three Important Roles in Your Car Accident Case
Investigating your car accident and collecting evidence are both time-consuming parts of your case. Your accumulated evidence will prove the following elements of your car accident:
- Cause: The police report, witness statements, photos, and videos will document the accident’s causes and contributing factors.
- Cost: Your evidence file will contain bills, receipts, estimates, and other documents that prove the monetary value of your compensation request.
- Resolution: When the weight of the evidence in your case proves the at-fault driver’s negligence, it can help your legal team resolve your case with a settlement versus a lengthy trial.
Your lawyer will not ask you or your family to track down, order, or obtain evidence. It will be compiled by your legal team and presented to the responsible party’s representative in an organized fashion. They can also use this evidence to challenge an insurance adjuster’s determination of fault.
Your Attorney Will Deal With the Insurance Company After a Car Accident
When you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you, they will take care of every detail of your accident claim. They even handle all verbal, written, and electronic communication with the insurance company and their adjuster. Your car accident lawyer will also:
- Collect evidence that proves the at-fault driver was negligent
- Review the liable party’s policy limits to seek fair compensation
- Canvass the accident scene and surrounding area for photos
- Obtain, complete, and submit all required paperwork
- Provide prompt answers to all your questions and concerns
- Provide ongoing updates on the progress of your case
Your lawyer will also handle all speak with all relevant parties in your case. They will determine the value of your case, request a settlement in a demand letter, and negotiate the best possible outcome for you.
Your Lawyer Will File Your Car Accident Lawsuit Within the Allotted Time
The state where the accident occurred will have a filing deadline that determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. Your car accident case is not likely to go to court, but your lawyer will file your lawsuit to protect you from the costly consequences of non-compliance. They will also explain the statute of limitations that affects your case.
It can be hard to interpret the filing deadline on your own since it can fluctuate based on several factors. Having a lawyer handle this for you is important since an expired filing deadline could mean you will have no legal recourse that compels the at-fault driver to compensate you.
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Get Help Recouping Lost Wages After a Car Accident
If you were injured in a recent car accident, you can be reimbursed for lost wages and other recoverable damages. Our personal injury lawyer at Kaine Law will explain your compensation options and the steps we will take to recover damages for you.
Contact our case review team to learn more about how hard we go to bat for you and the damages you are entitled to recover.