A serious accidental injury triggers many expenses and losses, including medical expenses and lost wages. Both medical bills and income lost because of injury can overwhelm an injured person, as well as a family who may have depended on his or her income.
Top-notch medical treatments can help an injured person along the path to recovery. However, physical recovery also takes time — and that often means significant amounts of time off work. A broken bone, a burn injury or a head injury can take months to heal. Sometimes an accident victim is unable to return to work for a year or more. Even after healing is well underway, a worker may be unable to hold down a job because of frequent doctors' appointments and physical therapy sessions, as well as lingering pain and side effects of medications.
Will You Have Enough Sick Leave Or Private Short-Term Disability Insurance Coverage For Your Needed Recovery Period?
Many working people have some available time off and/or compensation from various sources that can help to make up for lost wages. Typical sick leave allotments for many jobs are limited to a week or two per year. Vacation time may allow another week to four weeks per year. If an injury occurred on the job, workers' compensation benefits may kick in after an injured worker has been off work for a period of time. Some workers carry private short-term disability insurance, which may also help bridge the gap for awhile when they lose out on income because of an injury.
However, typical job benefits and insurance policies covering lost wages rarely fully compensate the injured person for all lost income. Paid time off and insurance coverage will typically carry limitations. These resources are often insufficient for the length of time needed to recover from many common injuries.
Therefore, injury victims who earned incomes before their accidents need to pursue every available source of lost wage replacement. A lawsuit against a negligent party may be an option after a/an:
For each type of injury, specific rules, laws and procedures come into play during an injury claim or lawsuit. For example, car accident victims may be able to collect compensation for lost wages through:
- At-fault driver's bodily injury liability coverage
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
- Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage
Other types of accidents will involve their own opportunities and limitations as injured people seek compensation. When lawyers at Paris & Chaikin, PLLC, represent the injured, they leave no stone unturned in pursuit of full, fair compensation — including recovery of lost wages.
Attorneys of the firm are board of director members of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association as well as members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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We welcome you to contact Paris & Chaikin, PLLC, today for a free consultation about recovering lost wages after a New York City (NYC) accident. Call our Manhattan office at 646-741-4005 or send an email message through this website.
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