If you were involved in a Northbrook car accident and were forced to miss time at work, you might wonder how to recover lost wages due to a car accident. Call today for a free consultation 847-305-4105 or keep reading.
I have represented a lot of people who suffered injuries in a car accident and as a result were unable to work for an extended period. Most people cannot afford to go without receiving a paycheck for very long – even in a place like Northbrook.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to recover for your lost wages until your case settles. That could be twelve to eighteen months after the accident occurred.
There is one exception. On your auto insurance policy, you may have “Personal Injury Protection” or PIP coverage. A PIP clause may provide you coverage for your lost wages and your medical bills. PIP coverage is usually $2,500 or $5,000.
If you are involved in a Northbrook car accident, ask your auto insurance company if you have PIP coverage and how you can recover from your own policy. Be advised though, if you were injured by a third party and receive compensation for your injuries, your insurance company will expect to be reimbursed for the money they put out on your behalf from your settlement.
How to recover lost wages due to a car accident
So again, the good news is that you can recover for your lost wages. But how do you obtain reimbursement?
In most cases, your lawyer will send a form to your employer seeking confirmation of your lost wages. Our is called simply a “Lost wages verification form.” We also attach a release signed by our client confirming that the employer is authorized to provide us the information. We have had very few instances where an employer did not ultimately help their employee out by filling out the form.
Sometimes the insurance company will request a victim’s W2’s or paystubs to confirm their earnings. I’ve also helped clients who lost stock options and other forms of compensation as a result of being injured. This is tougher to recover for but with proper documentation is obtainable.
I’ve also represented a few Uber drivers who alleged that as a result of the accident they were not able to drive their car for several weeks. In those cases, I’ve asked my clients to go into their Uber app and download confirmation of how much money they made in the eight weeks prior to the accident to show what they made per week on average.
In some cases you may be able to recover for loss of future earning potential as well.
If you were involved in a Northbrook car accident and you want to speak to an attorney Lost wages attorney to learn how to recover lost wages due to a car accident, call us for a free consultation at 847-305-4105.