If you or a loved one is injured, it is frightening how quickly the bills can pile up, and you may find yourself facing serious financial hardship. Even if you are financially stable, an accident or injury can quickly change your family's situation. When an injury makes it so you can't go back to work, the loss of a paycheck can cause the situation to quickly spiral out of control. After the injury, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can to make sure you will be covered for your lost wages, so you can focus on taking care of your family.
Lost Wages in Your Philadelphia Personal Injury Case
After an injury, your first thoughts should be on getting the medical treatment you need to get back on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, you may also have to think about how much time you will be out of work, and how to pay the bills. The problem with a serious injury is that it results in expensive medical bills, and also causes you to miss work, making it very challenging to keep up with these unexpected costs.
If your injury was caused by someone else's negligence or mistake, it is only right that they should be responsible for paying for your medical bills. Because you were also forced to miss work, they should also have to replace your lost wages. After all, none of this would have happened if they hadn't caused your injuries in the first place. As part of a negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages to put them back into the same position they would have been but for the accident. Compensatory damages include things like medical bills and lost wages.
In a successful personal injury claim against the defendant who caused the injury, you will be able to recover money for lost wages. This can include lost wages from the time you were not able to work after your injuries, including any time you missed work to attend doctor's appointments, follow-up treatment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other reasons related to the injury. You may also be eligible for interest from the time of your lost wages until the time you receive the monetary compensation.
After an injury, make sure you keep a copy of all records relevant to your injury and how it has impacted your life. This includes employment documents and records. Keep a copy of all of your pay stubs and tax records both before and after the injury, so you can show how the injury has financially impacted your life. You should also keep a copy of any correspondence from your employer. You may want to keep a daily record as well, to document phone calls with your employer, and how you felt while at work, or if you were unable to work. This can help your attorney demonstrate how the injury has impacted your career, and what it has cost you financially.
The more time you put off talking to an attorney after your injury, the more time you may spend worrying about how you will get a paycheck, and how you will pay for your medical bills. Hiring a personal injury attorney may not cost you a penny. With so many financial burdens to worry about, you shouldn't worry about how you are going to pay for a lawyer. Your personal injury attorney may be able to take your case on a contingent fee basis. This means that you may pay no upfront costs, and your lawyer will only get paid after they win your case.
Future Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity
Missing work for a few days may be something you can handle. You may have sick days or vacation days to cover your time out of the office. Your employer may even pay you for the time you missed. However, even if you return to work shortly after the injury, there may be long-term impacts to your ability to earn a living.
An injury may have impacted your future ability to work. Your injury could also limit your future job prospects, reducing your future earning capacity. Chronic pain could limit your range of motion, make it difficult for you to sit or stand for extended periods of time, and generally limit the kinds of jobs you may be eligible for. You should not have to live the rest of your life worrying about earning a living because of an injury caused by someone else. You can recover future lost wages from your personal injury lawsuit. You may also be able to recover for your reduced future earning capacity as a result of the injury.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers
Whether your injury took you out of work for a few days or has permanently affected your ability to work, lost wages can impact your family's financial stability. You deserve compensation for your injuries, including lost wages, future lost wages, and reduced earning capacity. Your experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorneys will be able to guide you through the process and advise you of each step to take along the way. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to someone's negligence, please do not hesitate to call Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.