What Should I Do if I Can No Longer Work Because of a Car Accident?
If you’re no longer able to work because of injuries sustained in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for lost wages.
Following a car accident, the severity of injuries sustained may render victims unable to return to work for a significant amount of time, perhaps even for the rest of their lives. Injured car accident survivors may no longer be able to perform the duties of their occupation, which may result in them working for lower wages following their collisions.
If your injuries resulted in lost wages, you and your family may face substantial financial hardships. With the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to seek compensation for lost income resulting from another driver’s negligence.
Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule
If another driver’s negligence was the primary cause of a car accident in which you sustained injuries, you may be eligible to receive partial income replacement from statutory accident benefits. In order to qualify for this type of compensation, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you prove the following:
- You were gainfully employed at the time of the accident
- You were employed for at least 26 of the 52 weeks prior to the crash
- Your injuries prevent you from performing the duties of your job
By proving that you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to receive a percentage of the regular wages you were receiving in the weeks before the collision.
Other Ways to Recover Damages
Victims who are unable to return to work for an extended period of time following a car accident may be eligible to receive long-term disability benefits from their insurance policies or the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). In order to be eligible for those benefits, you must have contributed a certain amount to your insurance plan or the CPP during the time you were employed.
Accident benefits may not be sufficient to compensate car accident victims for all the costs they incur as a result of their injuries. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help victims recover additional damages by filing a tort claim against the negligent driver who caused their injuries. By presenting various forms of evidence quantifying a victim’s total losses and proving the other driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help recover lost income, as well as lost future earning capacity.
Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to collect pecuniary damages. These specific and quantifiable monetary costs include medical expenses, as well as wages lost as a result of your injuries.
If you are no longer able to work because of injuries or psychological you sustained as the result of a car accident, Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover financial security. Call Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE today for a free, initial consultation.