Motorcycle Accidents

Recovering Lost Wages

After many accidents, many are not capable of returning to work while others are are fortunate enough may be able to return to work immediately after an accident with little or no interruption. Prolonged physical recovery that either limits or entirely prevents a person’s ability to return to work is not an easy thing to deal with. This may also place additional stress and strain on individual and family finances, especially when the medical bills start piling up.

Understanding Work Restrictions

You will need to obtain a written copy of the doctor's work restriction for the at-fault driver's insurance company if your doctor has placed you on a total work restriction or limited the tasks you can perform at work. This puts the insurance company on notice that you will be making a claim for loss of earnings or loss of future earnings.

Documenting Your Lost Wages

It is important that you document your lost wages, while you are recovering from your injuries. Keep record of the days and hours you miss from work without pay, and include sick days or vacation leave.

Return to Work as Soon as Possible

After your motorcycle accident, it is always advisable to minimize your lost wages by trying to return to work as soon as you are able. You may be able to return to work with different duties, reduced hours, or other restrictions, even if you are still recovering. On the same note, do not force yourself to perform work functions outside your ability. This can be frustrating for many workers who want to prove they can still“get it done." Not only could working outside your ability cause further physical injury but it could also harm your claim for compensation.

Loss of Future Earnings

If you are unable to return to work as a result of your injuries after a motorcycle accident you are entitled to compensation for loss of future earnings. You can also make a claim for damages if you are able to return to work but your pay was reduced due towork restrictions caused by your accident.
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