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Lost Wages from a Virginia Car Wreck Cause Real Problems

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Lost Wages from a Virginia Car Wreck Cause Real Problems

In serious car crashes that cause significant injuries, it's quite typical for a working person to miss some time from work as a result of the injuries from the accident.  Even if their job is not a hugely physically demanding one the initial healing time is going to probably require missing work.  There are a variety of reasons why lost wages are a frequent component in personal injury claims.

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Why Lost Wages Can Impact the Car Wreck Victim

 First, the doctor will probably tell you that you need to get bed rest and stay at home for a certain period of time after a wreck if you've been hurt.  The idea is that you don't want to reinjure yourself and you need to give your body some time to recover.  This could be days, weeks or months.  Also, even after you might be physically able to get to work you may still have other things that are preventing you from being able to get back to the job. 

If you are on some kind of narcotic pain medication you will be unable to do many jobs if you are on heavy medication.  Really anything that requires you to operate heavy equipment or drive is probably inconsistent with being on pain meds.  Even office work like being a lawyer would be a lot harder to do properly if your brain is fuzzy because you are having to take strong medication to cope with the pain.

 Normally physical injuries like a back or neck injury or an injury to a joint like a shoulder or a knee require a certain amount of physical therapy or other treatment that means lots of visits to the health care provider. 

It's not unusual for even a relatively simple musculoskeletal injury to require you to go to the therapist three or four days a week for several weeks at a minimum.  Not only is going to the physical therapist inconvenient but it probably means missing a bunch of time from work.  However if you don't do the physical therapy you could take longer to heal up and risk not healing properly at all.

Hopefully, your employer will be willing to work with you about having to miss some time after an accident.  However, if you're not at a big company it may be hard for them to accept the idea that you're going to miss weeks or months while you recuperate from an accident.  Read more about the adverse effects of Virginia auto wrecks here.

Sometimes people lose their jobs under these circumstances.  Then the financial pressure of not getting paid is added to the worry and stress of trying to heal up from an accident which isn't your fault.  It's really incredibly difficult and sad in certain circumstances. 

As a personal injury attorney, I do everything I can to help figure out solutions for my client to make sure that they know what resources are available to them whether through some kind of short-term disability policy they may have and not realize or things like unemployment compensation.  Even under the best of circumstances it creates a real hardship for individuals and especially families when the main breadwinner gets seriously injured in an accident.  Dealing with lost wages is one of the reasons that it makes sense to hire a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been harmed by somebody else's negligence on the road.  As

Even under the best of circumstances it creates a real hardship for individuals and especially families when the main breadwinner gets seriously injured in an accident.  Dealing with lost wages is one of the reasons that it makes sense to hire a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been harmed by somebody else's negligence on the road.  As an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in car accidents and injuries, I am more familiar than most about how to properly handle lost wages so that it has the least negative fall-out for you if you're hurt by somebody else's fault.

If you have been hurt in a car wreck and are facing financial difficulties including loss of wages, it makes sense to call a Virginia car accident injury lawyer. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

John Cooper

 

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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