HOW TO RECOVER LOST WORK INCOME AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN GA
You have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver. As a result of your injuries, you have been out of work since the accident and have lost a significant amount of income. Your family is trying to get by on one paycheck instead of two. Even though someone else caused the accident, you find yourself struggling to pay your household bills. You wonder if you can recover any of your lost income.
Car Accident Claims Involve Multiple Types of DamagesWhen someone is hurt in a car accident of other type of personal injury due to the negligence of someone else, many times lost wages are not always the only recoverable damages. If you involved in a serious accident, you may not fully recover from your injury and may be physically disabled for life or have to take on less strenuous jobs that affect lifetime earnings; these are considered reduced earnings capacity damages and are recoverable in a personal injury claim. "Special Damages" under Georgia law takes into consideration medical bills, (future) physical therapy, and lost income. These damages are easier to recover in a claim than "General Damages" which are classified as pain and suffering, lost earnings capacity and other damages that are harder to quantify.
Good Lawyers Help Your Chances of Recovering DamagesInsurance companies often make settlement offers to accident victims that are substantially less than the fair value of the claim. An injured person who is dealing with an insurance claim for the first time will be at a disadvantage as they may not know what to recognize as recoverable and non-recoverable damages. An experienced lawyer will have a better sense of the fair value of the claim and can improve your chances of obtaining full compensation for your damages. Injured parties that hire an accident attorney generally recover 3-4x more in their settlements than those that go at it on their own.