When you get into an auto accident, it can greatly disrupt your entire life. You might have to go to doctors’ appointments all the time, for instance, and not be able to work and function as you used to before the accident. Your medical bills and time away from the workplace can quickly burn a hole in your wallet and make it much harder for you to cover your expenses.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however: you may be able to recover lost wages after your auto accident in Woodburn. Here’s some more information.
Recovering Lost Wages After an Auto Accident
In order to be eligible for lost wages damages, you need to show that you had to take time off of work to go to the doctor for treatment. For instance, maybe your doctor’s office closed at 5, and you got off work at 5. You had to go during the day and miss out on some work hours. That would absolutely qualify for lost wages. Along with actual lost wages, you may be able to claim bonuses or raises you missed out on (or will miss out on in the future) as a result of your injury.
Proving You Lost Wages
The easiest ways to prove that you lost wages is to keep a record of the days and times you went to the doctor for treatment, write about how your injury affected your work, and get your pay stubs in order. If you need help collecting evidence, an attorney can assist you with it.
What Other Damages Could You Collect?
Loss of wages – now and in the future – isn’t the only possible damage you could recover following your auto accident. You could also recover money for your medical bills, including your doctors’ appointments, medicine, testing, and medical equipment.
If you experienced pain and suffering as a result of your injuries, you might be able to recover those as well. If your car or other personal belongings were damaged in the accident, you can claim them, too. If you are no longer able to participate in your favorite activities and hobbies, loss of enjoyment of life could be another applicable damage. What you’ll need to do, at this point, is contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help.
Working With a Personal Injury Attorney
An experienced personal injury attorney will fight hard to get you the lost wages and other damages that you deserve. You can meet with one, have a free consultation, and learn about all the ways in which they can help you. They will only charge you a fee if they can get you a settlement, so there’s really nothing to lose by working with them. Once your attorney is on the case, you can have peace of mind that someone is in your corner and focus on healing from your injuries instead.
Contact Zbinden & Curtis Today
Zbinden & Curtis, a Portland personal injury law firm, cares about accident victims, and we’re ready to help you with your auto accident in Woodburn. We fight tooth and nail for our clients to get them the settlement they deserve in their time of need. Contact us today to learn more by calling (503) 287-5000 or contacting us on our website for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.