Unfortunately, many people immediately worry about missing work due to a car accident instead of prioritizing their well-being.
Still, the injuries associated with a car accident often require medical treatment, including hospital stays, x-rays, and surgeries. These expenses add up fast.
According to CBS News, a moderate-severity emergency room visit in Alabama costs an average of $1,496.
But how can you pay your hospital bills if you are missing work due to a car accident?
If someone else’s negligence caused the car accident, you could recover compensation through a personal injury claim—not just for the actual cost of the accident but also for the hit you took to your income during your recovery from injuries you sustained.
Calculating Damages After a Car Accident
When you pursue a personal injury claim in Alabama, you seek compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages aim to restore you to your position before the accident.
Damages are separated into two main categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include things like:
- Medical bills,
- Rehabilitation costs,
- Costs of repairs,
- Lost wages, and
- Loss of future earnings.
If you were out of work due to your car accident, you could claim the wages you lost by missing work as damages in a personal injury claim.
Lost wages refer to all income you lost since the accident up until you filed the personal injury claim.
Loss of future earnings refers to an estimate of all the wages you will lose in the future until you fully recover from your injuries.
But will car insurance pay for missed work?
If you can establish that you missed work only because of the injury you suffered in the car accident, you are probably entitled to compensation for the time you missed.
You can also claim non-economic damages for intangible losses you incurred due to the accident.
Non-economic damages include things like:
- Diminished quality of life,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Emotional trauma.
If you lost wages because you were out of work due to a car accident, contact the Fob James Law Firm to assist you with your personal injury claim.
Contact the Fob James Law Firm for Assistance with Your Wage Loss Claim
Our Fob James Law Firm team works hard to aggressively and effectively represent you.
We take fewer cases than other personal injury law firms, giving us the ability to offer our clients the utmost care and attention.
Our firm boasts over fifty years of experience seeking justice for injured victims, and we know what it takes to secure the best possible settlement offer.
You do not have to deal with the stress of your car accident alone.
We will fight tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you deserve.