Ehline Law assist motorcycle victims tragically wounded in roadside wipe outs in obtaining payments they lost as a result of being disabled from working their day jobs, or from losing an important contract. Examples of our clients include: actors or contract attorneys who can no longer perform under the terms of their agreements. After a motorcycle accident there are injured victims that are able to return to work almost immediately, with little or no time lost from employment. There are other casualties who are catastrophically injured, and their physical recovery will take an extended time to heal. This will either limit or prevent the injured victim from working. This can be a cause of financial stress for the injured rider and for the family of the rider, since there is not just lost wages, but there are also medical bills that are adding up. A vast amount of accident victims are not provided with public or private, employer sponsored insurance.
With Obamacare, more and more employers are only hiring part time, due to its devastating impact on the free market economy. So some who did have insurance, are no longer even covered with good private insurance. There are a few fortunate souls who accumulate sick or vacation pay, but the majority have no secondary streams of income. In most cases, fallen riders are in the arrears on their leases, car payments, rent and mortgages. Some cannot even pay their utility bills, it gets so bad. Others take out second mortgages just to pay for necessities. Only a real expert and genius in tort law really knows what to do in these cases. This is why Ehline Law is here. We are the: “Apostles of Motorcycle Law.”
How a Motorcycle Lawyer Can Get You Paid For Lost Income
As noted above, some people can get some financial relied right away, but many cannot. There is no silver bullet and we won’t mince words. If a victim wants to make ends meet, they need to hire a motorcycle lawyer as soon as possible. You cannot procrastinate. The longer you delay, the harder it is, and longer it takes to get paid. This is because a lawyer can counsel a client on some little known case funding options like loans, Medical, Medicare, emergency care, and also act simultaneously to identify the liability insurance providers, as well as other sources of potential recovery in tort. This of course assumes there is evidence that the case has legal merit. This doesn’t happen over night. Your lawyer needs to be able to examine the evidence so he can give you a frank, honest evaluation. If you look like a winner, your on your road to getting your bike fixed or replaced, and getting bills paid.
California law allows insurance companies to make “reasonable” investigations. This buys them time and provides and excuse for them to treat an unrepresented party like a dupe. But when a motorcycle lawyer at Ehline is handling the devious insurance company, we overwhelm them with the evidence that will be used in court, threaten to file a claim with the insurance company if the law is not followed in quickly resolving and paying out on the claims. The time to getting paid could be anywhere from several months to several years. Each case and fact pattern is different delays in seeking legal help, will certainly increase the delay in getting recompense or redress.
When a motorcycle accident victim is placed on total work restriction, it will mean that the doctor has determined that it is not safe to return to work or they will determine there are only limited tasks that can be performed at work. The injured biker will need a copy of this work restriction determination by the doctor for the negligent driver’s insurance company. This documentation shows the insurance company that you will be filing a claim for lost wages and possibly the loss of future earnings.
Returning to Work When Possible
Returning to work when possible is advisable in order to reduce lost wages after a motorcycle accident. This also a necessary part of damages mitigation. In some cases it is possible to return to work while still healing from the motorcycle accident injuries, with some stipulations, like reduced hours, different duties or some restrictions.
It is important not to force yourself to return to work to early or perform work functions outside of your capability. There are some injured victims that want to prove they can still perform work duties and get the job done, but this could damage the ability to recover compensation and it can also cause further or permanent physical injuries.
After being injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to document lost wages, which should include days and hours that were missed from work, without pay. Sick days and vacation days should be included in this documentation that was lost while healing from the injuries. In some serious cases, a life care planner and other experts may need to be hired to come up with a value for the loss of a job, or cancellation of a contract, due to a permanent disability that prevents performance thereof. In short, one must retain a legal pro.
The motorcycle accident injury victim that is unable to return to work is entitled to recover compensation for loss of future earnings, due to the injuries. The unfortunate victim that is able to return to work, but has restrictions due to the injuries that causes a reduction in earnings is able to claim for damages.
Free No Obligation Consultation: We want to help you get every penny you are entitled to that you lost from not getting a paycheck. Speak with our experienced motorcycle accident lost wages claim attorney Michael Ehline at 888-400-9721. This is a no obligation consultation to discuss your important matter, or fill out our online form.