Can You Receive Money for Missed Work if You Were Injured in a Big Rig Accident Where the Other Driver Was at Fault?
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can be extremely serious, causing injuries and even death easier than many may expect. What happens if the other driver was at fault? In any case, if negligence has occurred, the liable party will have to pay damages to the party that has become injured. So, if you are working, you may wonder if that will cover your time that you miss at work.
The short answer is yes – any recovery you receive in a personal injury action includes payment for time that you miss doing things you normally would have. This includes payment for lost income due to missing work. It also includes compensation for any loss of earning capacity resulting from the accident that may occur in the future. Potential damages will be something you will discuss with your attorney when you have been injured and choose to speak to one.
The courts demand a very high duty of care for those who drive commercial trucks. This is why state and federal regulations exist and are made sure to be abided by. Commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous due to their enormous size in comparison to passenger vehicles and can cause a lot of destruction. You may find that there are many compensation options like those for soft tissue and hard injuries as well as receiving money for other things like out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and costs for gasoline when commuting to medical treatment.
What Is the Difference Between Lost Income and Lost Compensation?
Lost income and lost compensation are very different. For instance, lost income is the amount of money that your employer pays for the work you do that can be paid on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly level. However, lost compensation includes additional benefits of your employment and what you have the capacity to earn. This will be compensation that goes above and beyond what you lose in income. It includes sick and vacation days, pay bonuses, and other perks.
The thing that helps the most is having a treating physician step in and speak on your behalf for how long you could be off of work due to your injuries. An approximate time will be given that shows when you will be able to return to your full job duties. If your physician gives a very detail and supported report of injuries and recovery time, you could see a better chance of reimbursement for the injuries sustained.
During this extremely stressful time of recovery, the best thing you can do is be honest when speaking with your own insurance company and the insurance company of the commercial truck driver. It never hurts to have a trusted lawyer on your side throughout the process. You should never exaggerate your financial statement in fear of losing credibility and loss of compensation. Calculations should be as close as possible to what you deserve from your injuries.
When worst comes to worst and you are involved in a personal injury case, you should have experienced legal representation on your side. This is why it is in your best interest to call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today to speak to an attorney that can help you.