When you think about losses incurred due to a car collision, fall or another type of accident, you likely first think about medical bills. While medical expenses can be substantial and can cause serious stress, your concerns may increase if you also have to miss work while you recover from your injuries. Fortunately, the law allows you to not only recover from the negligent party for medical costs but also for all injury-related losses, including losses from missing work.
Types of injuries that commonly keep you from working
Many different injuries can keep you from performing the necessary duties of your job depending on your particular profession and the severity of your injuries. Some of the most common injuries that can cause you to miss work include the following:
· Neck and back injuries – Neck and back injuries can require you to rest as part of your treatment and can significantly limit your mobility. Sprains, strains, dislocations, and other injuries to the neck or back can especially affect your ability to work if your job requires heavy lifting, moving, pushing, or pulling.
· Traumatic brain injury (TBI)  – A concussion or another type of TBI can have a significant effect on your cognitive and physical abilities. A TBI can make it difficult for you to follow instructions, communicate with others, stay focused on a task, and much more. Your balance and coordination may also be impaired during your recovery. In addition, if you have a TBI, you will have to refrain from any type of activity that may risk a subsequent head trauma until your injury has completely healed.
· Shoulder injuries – Accident victims commonly suffer a dislocated shoulder or a torn rotator cuff.  These injuries can require surgery, which has an extensive recovery time. During this recovery, your arm will likely be immobilized and you will likely be in pain, both of which can affect your ability to do your job.
· Broken bones – While many people are able to work with broken bones, it may be impossible if your work requires you to use that part of your body. Additionally, if you require surgery to implant screws or pins, you may not be able to bear any weight on that bone at all, which can make many jobs challenging.
Proving past lost wages
If you have already returned to work when you file your legal claim, you will likely be able to prove your work-related losses by providing timesheets and pay statements that indicate the days or hours you missed and the wages you lost as a result. If the opposing party questions whether missing work was necessary, a medical or occupational professional may testify to your limitations and the need to miss work.
What if you cannot return to your job?
If you are still unable to return to work or may never be able to return to your previous job, you will have to prove future lost income and earning power. This can be complicated and can require the analysis and testimony of medical, occupational, and economic experts. These experts will work to demonstrate all of the following future losses:
· Income and overtime payments
· Stock ownership
· Retirement income lost
· Potential for promotion and pay increases over the years
Determining all of these losses involves complex calculations that take into consideration your abilities, your age, the rate of inflation, and much more to ensure you receive the full amount you deserve if you cannot return to work after your injury.
Call for a free consultation with an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer today
Missing work and losing income can put a financial strain on any household. Not only will you have to worry about your physical condition and recovery, but concerns over how to cover your basic needs and expenses can add a significant amount of stress and can even cause mental or emotional anguish. At the Law Office of Joseph J. LoRusso, P.A., we seek compensation for all of your accident-related losses, including any past or future lose income and benefits. We have extensive resources to help us calculate and prove the full extent of your damages so that you receive the full recovery that you deserve and can move on with your life in the best way possible. Call for a free consultation with a skilled Fort Lauderdale accident today at 954-715-3260.