Many auto accidents in Tennessee will result in a client missing time from work due to related injuries. The at-fault party and his/her insurance company will be responsible for reimbursing a client for any lost wages they may have incurred.
For instance, if an injured party missed 10 days of work due to their injuries and was earning $200 per day, then they could be reimbursed $2000 for lost wages in addition to property damage, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
Make no mistake, an insurance company will not provide for lost wages based on your word, such loss of income must be verified and documented. In Tennessee, you should be able to provide the following:
- Proof of employment at the time of the accident
- Current Paycheck
- Loss Wage statement signed by your employer (most attorneys will provide you with such a statement to be filled out)
- If self-employed, you will need to provide tax returns from previous years as proof of income.
- Proof of any additional income, such as bonuses, commissions or overtime you expect to lose because of the accident.
Most importantly, you will need to have your treating physician document when he/she took you off work and when you were medically cleared to return to work. Typically, you will not be compensated for lost wages if your doctor notes you are physically able to work, but you choose not to do so.
If you sustain permanent injuries that will prevent you from ever returning to your previous employment your attorney will need to work with vocational specialists and economists to determine a fair loss of income to present to the insurance company.
If you are unsure of your lost wages following an auto accident in Tennessee, call an experienced personal injury attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm for a free consultation. We will try to walk you thru every aspect of a potential legal claim, taking the time to ensure that you are fully compensated for all related damages. Call 1(901)526-9494 to begin your road to recovery.
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