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Can I recover lost wages if I’m injured in a car crash?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2020 | Injuries

Parents in Queens love their children and will do just about anything for them. Sometimes it’s as simple as caring for a sick child, driving the child to school or cheering at the child’s soccer game. In addition, parents will also work hard at their job to make sure their child’s every need is taken care of. So, when something happens to a parent that keeps them from working or attending to their child’s needs, I understand that parents will have many concerns about how they will manage to care for their family.

For example, you might be driving your child to school when you are rear-ended by a distracted driver. Distracted driving accidents have the potential to cause significant injuries such as whiplash, broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Any of these types of injuries can keep you from working for an extended period time. With the bills piling up, I know that as a parent, you may wonder how you will pay them.

Fortunately, it may be possible to pursue compensation from an at-fault party following a car accident. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to file a personal injury claim, Financial recovery may be sought for a variety of damages, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. However, what may be most important for a working parent is to recover compensation for lost wages while they are out of work.

It is important to note, though, that to recover for lost wages, you must be able to show how the injuries you suffered in the collision have affected your ability to earn future wages. The amount of damages sought, then, has its basis in what you earned in the past. Thus, the jury in a personal injury claim will want to know what your job was, how experienced a worker you were and how long you are expected to live. Your attorney can help you prove these factors should your case go to trial.

I understand just how difficult it is to keep working if you suffered severe injuries in a car crash caused by a negligent driver. Providing for you family is not only a necessity — it is also a source of pride and identity. By seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, parents in Queens who have been injured in auto accidents can work with an attorney as they seek the financial resources they need to take care of their family until they are back on their feet.


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