Hurt And Out Of Work Because Of Careless Driver?
If you've had the misfortune to be injured in a car wreck, you may be in line for several types of monetary damages. It can be easy to overlook some of the ways that the accident has negatively affected you, but you should take action if you want to be reimbursed. Most of the time, you can expect to have not just your wrecked car and medical expenses taken care of, but the time you missed from work as well. Read on to learn more.
Injured and Recuperating
Some accidents are minor and so are the injuries, but even scrapes and bruises can call for a day or two off from work. If you had broken bones or had more severe injuries that required hospitalizations and surgery, you might expect to be out of work for several weeks or even months. You should never sacrifice your health and well-being to return to a job too soon. Stay home and recuperate. Your doctor will clear you to return to your job in due time.
To ensure that you get reimbursed for all time missed from work, be sure to keep good records and be prepared to show proof of your income. Don't forget to include times when you used your paid time-off or sick leave benefits. Those benefits are too valuable to lose due to a careless driver and you are entitled to be paid back for their uses.
A wreck not only affects your physical and mental health, but it also puts a damper on your transportation resources. Most people don't have the option of taking public transportation to go to work, to take the kids to school or to attend medical appointments. If you must rent a vehicle, you may be able to get reimbursed. Be sure to keep up with all costs associated with dealing with your transportation issues. That includes:
- Rental car costs
- Public transportation costs
- Taxi charges
- Tolls and parking fees when visiting any medical facilities.
- Mileage from your home or other locations for a medically-related trip
Lasting Harm to Your Career
For some, the time off of work has a much greater impact than a loss of pay. If you are a business owner, a manager, work in sales, etc, your missed time from work can have a lasting effect on your career. The harm done to your career potential is in a separate category of compensation and financial damages can be greater. To gain compensation if your career suffered permanent damage, you must be ready to show the exact ways the accident and its aftermath has negatively affected you career-wise.
Speak to an experienced injury lawyer to learn more.