Can I receive compensation for an injury if I can’t work?

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2021 | Auto Accidents

Getting into an auto accident in Georgia is terrible enough, but if you are injured and can’t work, that makes the situation even worse. What can compound that is losing your job because of your injuries. Can you get compensation if you can’t return to work?

Who is responsible for the accident?

When other motorists are responsible for auto accidents, you may be able to file a lawsuit for your injuries and to cover lost wages. The damages you claim fall into two categories: special damages and general damages. Special damages include loss of income, wages, profits, benefits, and business opportunities. Generally, claims of this type allow plaintiffs to receive the amount of income that they would have earned had they not been injured in the accident. Special damages use your actual wages or business income to determine compensation. General damages cover future loss of income. To receive this compensation, you must show that you had the potential to earn money. Remember that if you were at fault, or sometimes even partially at fault, you may not be able to receive compensation from the other drivers involved in an injury accident.

Filing for lost income

To receive compensation for personal injuries in auto accidents that cause a loss of job income, you must prove that your medical condition prevented you from returning to work. You’ll need substantial documentation, including a letter from your doctor, medical records, and even paperwork that shows you were let go from your job because of the injuries.

You must do everything in your power to show that you have attempted to mitigate the effects of your injuries. Don’t milk the system and try to stay out of work for longer than medically necessary, as your claim could end up being denied if you didn’t return to work.