Just because you are injured doesn’t mean you should lose out on your salary or source of income. Here are some facts you should be aware of if you wish to file a Workers’ Compensation Claim or wish to recover lost wages in an injury lawsuit in Atlanta, Georgia
You Have to Prove ‘Lost Wages’
‘Lost wages’ are basically economical damages, which means you can place a dollar amount on the wages you lose after you are incapacitated. To be eligible for the compensation, you will have to prove the amount you lost.
The first thing you need to do is keep track of any medical documents you receive, proving you have work restrictions. This includes written notes from your doctor(s) saying you cannot return to your job, along with the timeframe of your recovery period. Both you and your employer should have a copy of these documents for your records.
Secondly, make a list of the time you missed when you were recovering from your injuries by keeping track of time used for your doctor’s appointments. This will serve as proof of lost wages and can also allow you to show the dollar amount you lost post-accident.
If you have no choice but to take extended time off due to your injuries, you can also use your tax records to prove lost wages. Make sure you also get a lost wage certification from your employer, documenting the exact time you missed from work, as well as your existing salary amount.
You Can Get Compensation for the Time You Missed Out on Work
If you have an attorney who is experienced enough to ensure your accident claim is a success, you should be able to receive compensation for wages you lost. This includes the dollar amount you lost as you were recovering at home or in the hospital, as well as for when you visited the doctor for your appointments and for physical therapy sessions. Most people don’t know this, but you can also use up your sick or vacation leaves and receive full compensation for the income you lost.
If you were injured in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia and the at fault insurance company is refusing to compensate you for your lost wages, get in touch with the attorneys at Shani O. Brooks P.C. You need that money to support yourself and your family and we can help you get it with fair and aggressive representation.