If you suffer injuries in a car accident in Stuart or Port St. Lucie FL you could wind up unable to work for days, weeks, months, or even years. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you lose or lost. An experienced Florida car accident lawyer can help determine if a lost wage claim should be filed.
Car accident lost wages refer to the monies you would have earned doing your job from the date of the accident to the date of settlement or judgment. You can recover the wages you would have collected had you not missed work while recovering or receiving medical treatment. In some cases, you may also be entitled to lost earning capacity and lost compensation damages due to a diminished capacity to work and/or the loss of financial benefits like bonuses.
Florida law requires every vehicle owner to carry Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, benefits on their auto insurance policy. Under Florida’s personal injury statute, PIP benefits include lost wages, but do not pay 100% of them. Instead, 60% of any loss of income and loss of earning capacity must be paid every two weeks. The remaining 40% must be sought from other insurance coverage, such as the at-fault driver’s uninsured/insured motorist coverag or bodily injury liability coverage.
If PIP does not pay lost wages because the benefits were exhausted by medical expenses, the at-fault driver is responsible for 100% of your loss.
If you have questions about car accident lost wages, or if you’re having difficulty holding the at-fault driver accountable for your damages, The Law Office of Gloria Seidule can help determine if you’re entitled to present and future compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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