Some injured motorcyclists are able to return to work immediately after an accident with little or no interruption. Others are not so lucky, however, and face a prolonged physical recovery that either limits or entirely prevents their ability to return to work. This can put a strain on individual and family finances, especially when medical bills are piling up.
Understanding Work Restrictions
If your doctor has placed you on a total work restriction or limited the tasks you can perform at work, you need to obtain a written copy of the doctor's work restriction for the at-fault driver's insurance company. This puts the insurance company on notice that you will be making a claim for loss of earnings or loss of future earnings.
Documenting Your Lost Wages
While you are recovering from your injuries, it is important that you document your lost wages. Keep track of the days and hours you miss from work without pay, and include sick days or vacation leave.
Return to Work as Soon as Possible
It is always advisable to minimize your lost wages by trying to return to work as soon as you are able after a motorcycle accident. Even if you are still recovering, you may be able to return to work with different duties, reduced hours, or other restrictions. However, do not force yourself to perform work functions outside your ability. This is hard for many workers, who want to prove they "can still get it done." Working outside your ability could harm your claim for compensation, not to mention cause further physical injury.
Loss of Future Earnings
You are entitled to compensation for loss of future earnings if you are unable to return to work as a result of your injuries after a motorcycle accident. You may also make a claim for damages if you are able to return to work, but earn reduced pay because of your accident-caused work restrictions.
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