Our jobs are often one of the most important aspects of our lives. People not only spend the majority of their time at work, but their jobs allow them to pay bills, support their families, and enjoy life. Whenever there might be issues with your job, it can be stressful and change nearly every other aspect of your life.
A sudden accident that causes you serious and unexpected injuries may lead to job issues. Injuries can affect your ability to work in many ways. First, if you are hospitalized after the injury, you will obviously have to miss work until your release. In addition, many injuries require physical rest as part of the recovery process, which includes staying home from work. Finally, if your job requires you to perform certain tasks, your injury may prevent you from doing them even if you are cleared to start working again. For example, if you have a back injury, you may not be able to work if your job involves heavy lifting.
Taking Time Off
The inability to work can present many problems both at work and home. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives you the right to take as many as 12 weeks of leave to recover from a serious injury without losing your job. However, your employer is not required to pay you for this time off, and losing that income can seriously damage your finances. Even if you do have some paid time off, it may only cover a fraction of the time that you need. If your injuries are particularly severe and you need more than 12 weeks, your employer may not hold your job for you any longer.
Future Earning Capabilities
In some cases, an accident may leave you with permanent injuries and disabilities. Such impairments can prevent you from ever returning to your previous job. Some people may have to find a different job that pays less, while others may not be able to work again at all. In either case, the earnings that you will lose during the course of your life can be extensive, especially if you are not close to retirement age.
Recovering Your Lost Income
If another party caused your accident, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for all of your injury-related losses. This includes both wages you have already lost and future lost earnings. You can prove your past wage losses with pay statements and similar documents. Your future lost income will need to be estimated, however—and often legal professionals and economic experts can help.
Call for a Free Consultation With a Gwinnett County Personal Injury Law Firm
If you’ve been injured and have lost income and incurred medical expenses, you should not wait to call Brauns Law, PC. Our personal injury lawyers help injured clients in and around Gwinnett County, so please call today at (404) 348-0889 or contact us online for help.