Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if you have suffered injuries. Suffering injuries can mean that you have to spend a significant time in the hospital, generating medical costs and losing wages as a result.
If the car accident occurred because of the actions of another person, then suffering financially can be even more frustrating. Luckily, there are ways that you can recoup the damages that you have suffered. For example, it is possible to file a claim through your insurance company in order to get back the wages that you lost.
What counts as lost wages?
Any wages that you have lost as a direct result of your injury count as lost wages. Therefore, one month of lost wages due to a broken leg suffered in a car accident will count as lost wages, and you may be able to get this money back if your claim is successful.
In addition, suffering a long-term injury, or suffering from a mental disorder as a result of the trauma of the accident, can prevent you from earning wages in the future. This can also count as lost wages. If you are earning a lower wage because of your reduced capacity to work, the difference between your current wage and your pre-accident wage will also count as lost wages.
If you would like to make a claim against the at-fault driver, it is important that you make sure to recover from your initial injury first. The claims process can be lengthy and stressful, and your health should be the top priority.
Source: DMV, "Wage Loss and Car Accidents," accessed March 01, 2018