What If I Lose My Job After a Truck Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and lost your job as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages or loss of earning capacity.
Those who lose a job due to injuries sustained in a truck accident (or other motor vehicle accident) are generally entitled to compensation for lost wages. You can also file a claim for loss of earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from working in the future.
This type of compensation is often referred to as “special damages.”
“How Do I Claim Lost Wages After a Truck Accident?”
If you lose your job after a truck accident, you may be able to file a claim for lost wages.
In this scenario, you’ll need to provide medical documentation that your injuries prevented you from returning to your job.
Documentation required may include:
- Medical records
- Doctor’s notes
- A letter of support from your medical provider
- Disability records (if applicable)
- Employment records
- A letter from your previous employer
Depending on the situation, in some cases you may need a letter from your former employer stating that you were fired due to non-attendance or inability to work as a result of the injuries you suffered in the accident.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Remember, you cannot be fired simply because you were injured in a truck accident, but your employer can legally terminate you if your injuries severely limit your ability to do the job you were hired to do.
In general, the more detailed documentation you have, the easier it will be to file a claim if you’ve lost your job due to injuries suffered in a truck accident (or any other type of motor vehicle accident).
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and lost your job, you may be able to file a claim for lost wages.
There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation in your truck accident case.
We believe Justice Counts and if you’ve lost your job (or lost income) due to injuries suffered in a truck accident, we would love to help however we can.
Loss of Earning Capacity Claims
If your truck accident injured you so severely that your future ability to work is impacted, you may also be able to file a claim for loss of earning capacity.
Essentially, a loss of earning capacity claim can provide compensation for potential future income lost as a result of your truck accident injuries.
These claims often require significant documentation, as well, so it is recommended that you contact an experienced truck accident injury lawyer to help with your loss of earning capacity claim.
Duty to Mitigate
In personal injury claims, it is assumed that a victim has a “duty to mitigate” damages. This means that every party has an inherent personal responsibility to keep damages under control — even if you did not cause the accident.
For instance, the court will expect that you will find alternative employment and not simply live off the damages awarded in your truck accident case.
If the court believes you should still be working after losing your original job, but you did not make any attempt to find suitable employment, your damages may be reduced.
“I’ve lost my job after a truck accident. Now what?”
If you’ve lost your job after being injured in a truck accident, you do have legal options and we would love to help you if we can.
We can review your case and consult with you on options for claiming lost wages, loss of earning capacity, or lost opportunity. There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
“They handled my case very professionally, with respect from beginning to end.”
–Joseph P., Riddle & Brantley client
The aftermath of a truck accident can be overwhelming and stressful. If you lose your job as a result of a truck accident, the impact can be devastating and threaten the financial well-being of you and your loved ones.
You don’t have to do this alone. Speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer handling lost wages claims.
Our attorneys have been handling truck accident injury cases throughout North Carolina for more than three decades, and we serve cities across the state.
Justice Counts and we would love to help you if we can.