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Recovering Lost Wages After an Injury

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Whether you have been in a car accident or had a slip and fall accident, receiving medical treatment can take you out of work for some time. Even less severe accidents can subject a person to lost  wages and absence from work, both of which can have a huge impact on an individual’s ability to pay their bills. In more extreme circumstances, this can lead to falling behind in bills or even evictions and repossessions.

Following an accident, not everyone is eligible to recover their lost wages. Before filing for lost wages, understand you may be denied and even if you are awarded damages, the process is often a very long process. Because of this, it is a good rule of thumb not to rely on getting your award to pay off debts.

Submit a Claim for Loss of Income

In the event of a car accident, a victim can submit a car accident claim immediately. However, you will want to wait until you receive medical treatment to submit the form if you intend to file for lost wages. Simply put, you must incur a loss before you can claim the loss, even when it is easily foreseen.

It is also important to know that adjusters will need adequate time to investigate a claim before making an offer. When being investigated, you are not necessarily being accused of faking your losses. Instead, an insurance company needs time to assess what they believe the losses are. During this time, your insurance company may offer to pay some of your bills and will pressure the other insurance company to pay out the remainder of the claim.

At this point, it serves to have legal representation. By giving a lawyer all relevant information, they can put together the best evidence in an organized fashion that can help expedite a claim, or find you can claim more than you realize.

It Takes a Long Time

Be prepared for the investigation to take a long time. Depending on the accident, an investigation can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. This means it will take even longer to receive lost wages.

Don’t leave it to the insurance companies to compensate your lost wages. Have a Connecticut personal injury lawyer at your side from the beginning stages. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we help our clients receive the compensation they deserve and put the pressure on the insurance companies to pay the costs.


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