Yes, you can, and we will explain how.
According to Pew Research, there are more than 150 million Americans who are a part of the U.S. workforce. The reality is, most people today, both men and women, are required to work in order to survive. Food, clothing, and the roof that covers your head all come at a price, and a very costly price at that, which means without any income coming in, there is really no way to obtain the basic necessities you need. Unfortunately, many car and truck accident victims are often faced with these circumstances.
You see, not only might a car accident result in a person sustaining severe injuries and property damage, but the collision may also result in a person being unable to work. Whether it is for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, any amount of time out of work can be determinantal to someone who doesn’t have any money saved up or lives paycheck to paycheck. So, what is an accident victim to do when they are physically incapable of working but need money to cover their everyday expenses?
In the state of Ohio, an individual is permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit against another party who is responsible for causing an accident in an effort to recover compensation for various things. One of those is lost wages. The reason many choose to file suit is because they are not only limited in how much they can collect from the insurance company, but most won’t receive money that is specifically used to compensate for the amount of income they would have earned had they not been involved in a wreck.
Now, as mentioned, you can only file a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident if you can prove the other driver was negligent in some way which means you will want to hire a knowledgeable Toledo, OH accident lawyer to help you. Some examples of what would constitute as a negligent driver include:
- Someone who was texting while driving.
- A motorist who ran a red light and rear-ended your vehicle.
- A semi-truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel and veered into your lane—and into the side of your vehicle.
- A driver who chose to operate their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
After it has been determined that the other motorist was at fault for causing the crash, you would then need to work with your accident lawyer to come up with how much you should receive for lost wages. Keep in mind that when you estimate this amount, there are other things you may want to include in your total such as:
- How much you lost if you didn’t receive a promotion as a result of the accident.
- If your injury required you to get a job with a lower-paying position.
- How much income you not only would have received had you been able to return to work, but also how much you anticipate losing in the future.
Now, given the fact that personal injury cases can take some time before a settlement is reached, you are advised to contact an OH accident lawyer as soon as possible so they can begin working on your case. And if you are ready to speak with a legal professional in the Toledo area now, then you will want to contact attorney Jim Schuller at the Schuller Law Office. Not only will attorney Schuller listen to all your concerns, but he will be there to support you each step of the way until you recover a fair amount of compensation to make up for the amount of income you lost as a result of your wreck.
You can reach the Schuller Law Office at:
5749 Park Center Ct.
Toledo, OH 43615