What if I miss work because of my injuries?
Missing work because of your injuries causes added stress to an already stressful situation. In addition to thousands of dollars in medical bills, you do not have your normal paycheck coming in to cover your regular bills. Luckily, you can recover these lost wages when you file a claim against the at-fault party.
If another party’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries that caused you to miss work or continues to prevent you from returning to work, the lawyers at Hoffoss Devall can help. We can file an insurance claim against the at-fault party and help you recover the money you would be earning at work. Call us today at 337-433-2053 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
What do I need to do to protect my right to recover lost wages?
Your top priority after suffering an injury should always be your health, but getting the medical care you need also plays a key role in protecting your right to recover lost wages. By getting treatment right away and continuing to follow your doctor’s recommendations, you have a way to tie your time away from work to your injuries and the incident that caused them.
Without this type of immediate and ongoing care, it can be difficult to convince an insurance company your missed wages occurred because of your accident injuries.
As soon as your injuries stabilize, you should contact a Louisiana personal injury attorney to seek advice on filing your claim. Having a skilled lawyer on your side is the best way to maximize your payout, and collect a full range of damages that include current and future lost wages.
How can a personal injury lawyer help me recover compensation for missed work?
To recover compensation for your lost wages, you must establish liability, provide evidence to back your claim, and negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. At the same time, you will need to be aware of the tricks and tactics insurers use to reduce the value of your claim. If all of this sounds stressful and complicated, it is. This is why you need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side.
When we take on your case, we investigate your accident to identify the liable party and then collect evidence to build a strong case against them. Then, we file a third-party liability claim based on his insurance policy, and negotiate a fair settlement for your lost wages and other damages with their insurance company.
How can I prove my lost wages after a Louisiana personal injury?
We encourage the accident and injury victims we represent to keep diligent notes about their time away from work. This includes days when they used paid time off, including sick leave or vacation days. We can use their notes to determine full days away, hours missed because of appointments, and days they left early because of pain or other accident-related impairments.
While we can use your notes to estimate the value of your lost wages, we will need to provide solid proof of the time you missed and the value of these damages. Often, this proof will include:
- A statement from your doctor detailing the nature of your injuries and related impairments, and when you can return to work
- A record of any appointments or treatment dates after you returned to work
- A statement from your employer verifying your salary or hourly wage and the dates you missed work due to your injuries
- Your tax records, if you have an irregular income or are self-employed
Call a Lake Charles personal injury attorney today.
If you have questions about missing work after a Louisiana personal injury or need help pursuing a lost wages claim, Hoffoss Devall can help. Call us today at 337-433-2053 to schedule a time to discuss your case.