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Can you claim lost wages for missed work after a car crash?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Accidents happen, and when they involve a car crash, the aftermath can be not only physically and emotionally taxing but also financially burdensome. One of the concerns that may arise after such an incident is the ability to claim salary compensation for missed work.

Compensation for missed work can be granted via workers’ compensation for crashes that occur when someone is engaged in work-related activities at the time of a collision. By contrast, personal injury law applies when a third party causes a non-work-related crash. Understanding your rights is the first step toward securing the reimbursement you deserve in this way if you’ve been hurt due to a third party’s actions or inactions.

Establishing fault

Determining fault is a key factor in any personal injury claim. You may have grounds for a compensation claim if someone else’s negligence caused the car crash. Documenting evidence such as police reports, witness statements and medical records can strengthen your case.

Seeking compensation

Compensation for lost wages can help you to cover the income you would have earned had you not missed work due to the accident. Calculating this involves providing proof of your income and the duration of your absence from work. Please note that beyond claiming for missed work, you may also be entitled to compensation for medical expenses resulting from the car crash. This includes hospital bills, rehabilitation costs and ongoing medical treatments.

Initiating the compensation process may involve dealing with insurance companies. Communicating clearly and providing all necessary documentation to support your claim is crucial. It’s important to remember that the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years from the injury. Failure to file your claim within this stipulated duration can result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.

In the aftermath of a car crash, the financial strain of missed work can compound the challenges you’re facing. However, understanding your rights, seeking proper compensation and taking appropriate legal action can help you mitigate the impact on your financial well-being.