Most of our clients that are hurt in an accident, miss at least some time from work. It may have only been a few hours on the date of the accident, or might have been days, weeks, or even months. At any rate, they were forced to use their paid time off. That is, their vacation pay or their sick pay. But most of our clients are shocked to find out that even if they used their paid time off, they still have a lost wages claim.
Hi, I’m Joel Hudson with Carrollton Injury Law here in Carrollton, Texas. We’ve seen it many times where adjusters will try to claim that it is double dipping to get paid twice for that same time you missed from work. We know that isn’t right. We know it’s not double dipping. We know that if you had to use your paid time off after an accident, that is a lost value to you.
You no longer have that time available to you for vacations or other family emergencies. Let’s face it, we both know you would have rather spent that time doing something fun with your family or friends rather than sitting at home in pain recovering from a car accident.
3 Things You Need For a Lost Wages Claim
There are three main things that we need to make a lost wages claim.
- The first thing is quite obvious. We need paycheck stubs. The paychecks will establish that you were employed at the time of the accident, they will establish whether or not you’re a part time or full time employee, and of course, it’ll tell the insurance adjuster your wage amount or your salary.
- The second thing we’re going to need is doctor notes. Now, remember, a lot of times these are handwritten excuses to be off from work that are given to you by the doctor or from the front desk that don’t usually make it into your medical record, so make a copy of those before you give them to your employer.
- Now, the last thing we’re going to need is a letter from your employer about the time that you missed from work. We always help our clients in drafting this letter, coordinating with the employer, and gathering all these documents.
The more time that you’ve missed from work, the more complicated it is. The more you’re hurt, the more you’re going to need an injury attorney to make your lost wages claim.
What If You’re Self-Employed?
Now, we understand if you work for yourself, you likely don’t have a regular paycheck.
You’re not able to just provide us a paycheck stub, and I bet you don’t have paid time off either. What we do have is: customers that you have lost. That is, money that was lost because you weren’t able to perform the work. If that is the case for someone who is self-employed, you will need the help of us to make a lost profits claim.
Call or text 972-360-9898 today if you have been injured in an accident and you need help with your injury claim.
What If You Can’t Miss Work?
We understand that many of our clients must work. They must fight through the pain and still go to work, even though their job performance may suffer, because their families depend on their income to make ends meet. If this is the case for you, that’s even more reason why you need the expertise of Carrollton Injury Law to help you make a claim for what we call “work under duress”.
The unfortunate truth is, if you’ve been in a car accident, you may not ever be the same again. You may not be able to return to your job, or any job, and it’s heartbreaking to know that you can no longer do what you were trained to do. If this is your case, you will need the expertise of Carrollton Injury Law, not only to help you with your lost wages claim, but also to help you make a “loss of earning capacity” claim.
Carrollton Injury Law is Different
At Carrollton Injury Law, we put Personal back into Personal Injury Law. Our ultimate goal is to give you the personal attention you need to help make sure that you have a speedy recovery and get the absolute best compensation possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an accident, please call or text Carrollton Injury Law today at 972-360-9898 for a FREE injury claim evaluation. We look forward to showing you how we put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.