Am I Entitled to LOST WAGES After a Car Accident? Make the Most Out of Your Insurance Claim Settlement
Get Compensation to Cover Medical Bills and Car Repair Costs
Your car has just been totaled in an accident and you’ve been injured. Without your car you can’t get to work, and your injuries mean you can’t physically work anyway. Insurance might cover some of the damage but not all of it. How are you going to afford your bills if your accident caused lost wages?
Lost wage payments are often covered by car insurance policies. Or you can sue the at-fault driver for your missing paychecks. Warshafsky Law Firm of Milwaukee represents auto accident victims who need lost wage compensation. Calculating your lost wages and earning potential takes time. There is a statute of limitations for claiming lost wages so you must move fast. Let our elite auto accident injury attorneys help you by contacting us for a free car accident case appraisal.INJURED? TAKE ACTION
Calculating Lost Paychecks: Part-Time vs Full-Time Wage Reimbursement
Lost wages can be claimed by any type of worker. The only difference will be how your exact amount of lost payments are calculated. A salaried employee will have a different reimbursement rate than a part-time, hourly worker. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will guide you through the process no matter your job type.
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Lost Wages for Self-Employed Car Accident Victims
If you are your own boss, the losses you face after an accident can be devastating to your entire business. In this case, you’re dealing with lost income more than a few paychecks. Unfortunately, it will be harder to prove lost earnings compared to a weekly paystub. Gather all your 1099 forms, client contracts, and invoices to demonstrate lost earning potential.
Suing for Loss of Potential Income
Did your workplace offer you sick leave or vacation pay to cover your missed work? It may be tempting when you first look at your immediate bills but don’t take it! You are entitled to your lost wages from insurance or the at-fault driver. Keep your vacation and sick days for future use and get your lost wage compensation the right way.
If your car accident was caused while working, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation in addition to lost wages.
Missing Work After an Accident: Is My Job in Danger?
Wisconsin companies must follow the Family Medical Leave Act, a federal protection of employees who have immediate health conditions requiring care for themselves or a family member. This allows employees time off (up to twelve weeks) from work, unpaid, while they recover. After the time is up the employee can return to their job. In addition, Wisconsin has its own version of FMLA for businesses with 50+ employees which allows injured workers two weeks off. There are limitations on which employees are eligible for these protections.
Your employer may have the right to fire you if you do not return to work after your FMLA time runs out. This will depend on if you are at-will or a contracted worker and have medical documentation of your injuries. Discuss your details with an attorney at Warshafsky Law.
Since FMLA only covers unpaid time off, any work you miss would be considered a lost wage. Twelve weeks of unpaid recovery time is three months’ worth of lost wages. If your insurance or employer does not offer lost wage compensation, contact Warshafsky Law today. You need a settlement to cover your medical treatment, car repairs, and other bills.
Personal Injury Disability: Compensation for Lost Earning Capacity
If an accident causes a permanent disability with limits your ability to work, you’ve just lost out on potential wages. Don’t let your insurance or the at-fault driver leave you with a small, one-time payment for a lifetime of lost wages. Reach out to Warshafsky today.
Warshafsky Pursues Fair Settlements, Regardless of What Your Injuries Look Like
Beyond broken bones and cuts, wrecks affect victims in less visible ways through emotional trauma and mental scars. Sometimes pain isn't as easy to see as a loss of mobility of physical handicap. Warshafsky fights to get fair compensation for our clients, no matter how their crash has affected their life.
- Medical care (including hospital stay, medications, physical therapy, and any other medical expenses)
- Lost Wages (including loss of income and loss of earning capacity)
- Property damage (for repair or replacement of your car and its contents)
- Pain and suffering (pain and discomfort during, immediately after, and ongoing long-term as a result of the accident)
- Emotional distress (sleep loss, fear, anxiety—sometimes falls under pain and suffering)
- Loss of enjoyment (inability to enjoy certain hobbies and other activities)
- Loss of consortium (damage to your relationship with your spouse because of their injury)
- Punitive damages (basically to punish the negligent party for their reckless conduct)