What if You Lost Your Job Because of Your Car Accident Injuries?

When you are seriously injured in an accident, your recovery will usually result in missed days at work. Sometimes this can be just a few days, but other times it can be much longer. If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company to recover damages, which can include compensation for lost wages. You can do this through special damages, which can include loss of income, and general damages, which covers loss of future earnings.

But what happens if you lose your job entirely because of the time you have had to take off work to recovery from your injuries? Unfortunately, this can happen, as employers are not always able to hold a position open until you are recovered. In these cases, there are a few options that might be available. If you have a long-term disability policy, you should be able to file a claim. You might also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI), depending on the extent of your injuries.

You will definitely want to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn what your best options are. Your attorney will work with your former employer, as they will need to prove that you would have continued to work for them, had you not been injured.

Mitigating Your Losses

Although you can receive compensation for lost wages and lost earning potential, you also have a duty to mitigate your losses. In other words, you should search for a job once your doctor clears you to do so. The amount of compensation you receive for lost wages could be reduced if the court determines you did not seek work once you were physically able to.

“While it is unfair to an accident victim, unfortunately some people do lose their jobs if they have been seriously injured. If this happens to you, get the assistance you need by consulting with a personal injury attorney,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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