Karen sat in her car for a few minutes processing what had just happened. Her neck was aching, and every time she made even the slightest movement, a sting of pain shot through her back. What should she do? Karen decided to get out of her car and survey the damage. If she just held her neck and back in a particular position, she could handle the pain. When she looked at her back bumper, she couldn’t believe the damage. The entire back end of her bumper was utterly smashed. Karen was frustrated with the whole situation. She was mad at the guy who hit her. She was mad that she was injured, and she was mad that all of this was happening right now.
Following as the added tasks can add worry to your already stressful situation. For instance, damage to a rear bumper like in Karen’s case described above can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to nearly $10,000 if the frame of your car is bent. An insurance company will rarely pay without batting an eye. The stress of this potentially colossal bill mixed with significant medical bills and the usual looming bills that you usually pay can feel debilitating.
erious accident, there are a variety of unforeseen tasks that you will have to handle. Almost like extra homework on top of the many things you already have to do. These extra tasks are leveled on top of the emotional stress and physical injury stemming from your accident. The whole world doesn’t stop because you were in an accident. Many victims have to miss substantial work for doctor’s appointments, getting property damage repaired, and deal with the bureaucracy of insurance companies.
Many clients have to miss work for various reasons following an accident. It is important to remember that, as a client, you have a responsibility to mitigate your damages. This means that you cannot just miss work for no reason, however, if you are unable to work, get a doctor’s note saying that you are not able to do so. Usually, managers are understanding of this fact. Your attorney will work with your employer to try to make a lost wages claim. If you belong to a union, your attorney will also be able to negotiate with them.
In some rare instances, someone loses their job because of their accident. For example, a mechanic who has broken his/her neck and is unable to work because of their injury, your attorney will be able to add this to the damages in the lawsuit. This option is obviously a last resort and hopefully will not happen to you.
Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we are committed to helping you. If you need us to speak to your employer, even as a simple courtesy, we will do so. Sometimes, even knowing that you have someone who can represent your interests, even with your employer, can help reduce common worries and strain following a car accident. If you would like your attorney to approach your employer, speak with your attorney. Be open with your concerns, and he/she will be able to help you know what to do.