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Personal Injury Compensation: Lost Wages

Published on March 29th, 2013

The injuries you suffer as a result of an accident can dramatically compromise your way of life. Not only can they cause significant pain when you are performing everyday tasks, but they can also force you to miss a number of days at work. In an expensive city like Chicago, this loss of earnings can make it very difficult for you and your family to stay financially secure.

Helps victims who are unable to perform their jobs

During an accident, an individual may sustain injuries that significantly limit his or her mobility. Some of the most common accident injuries cause difficulty with walking, turning one’s head, and lifting objects. When an individual is unable to perform these simple tasks, he or she will most likely need medical treatment or physical therapy in order to return to work. An accident victim is able to collect wage compensation during this recovery period for the earnings he or she would’ve made at work.

Covers individuals who are unemployed

Even if a victim wasn’t employed at the time of the incident, he or she can collect lost wages if he or she has a diminished capacity to earn a living as a result of the injury. This is commonly the case when a college student or stay-at-home parent becomes the victim of an accident. The courts can compensate for the wages that person would have been able to earn if he or she hadn’t suffered this painful incident.

Supplements workers’ compensation

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides employees with partial compensation if they are injured in the workplace. Because this doesn’t cover the total amount of their lost earnings, workers can still sue for the full amount of wages they are unable to earn because of their injuries.

The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after an accident is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. At Shea Law Group, our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience representing accident victims. Schedule an appointment at our Chicago office by calling (888) 529-4185.


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