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When a car accident puts your work, projects on hold

Craig McClellan

When car accidents occur, victims must often put their jobs and projects on hold. For example, the man who is leading the charge to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hit a roadblock to his efforts when his car was rear-ended on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard last week. He has been at home recovering, according to U-T San Diego.

Michael Pallamary won't let his car accident injuries stop him, however. "I am actively working on the recall from home and looking forward to gathering signatures," he told reporters.

Pallamary's injuries weren't severe -- he was able to leave the hospital the day of the accident. If he had suffered serious injuries, he may not have been able to continue to spearhead the campaign to oust Filner. Many people injured in accidents face similar challenges.

Were you working on an important project when your accident sent you to the hospital for days, even weeks? Did an accident prevent your promotion? Are you an hourly employee who lost wages because of your accident? Did your business lose money due to your injuries?

If a car accident affected your livelihood, you may be able to recover compensation for the financial toll the accident took on your work. "Lost wages" are frequently included in personal injury awards. To recover for lost wages, you must be able to provide evidence of the amount of compensation you have lost and will continue to lose because of the car accident.

There are additional damages available to families who have lost loved ones in car accidents. Through an action for wrongful death, you may be able to recover compensation for your loved one's future earnings / the loss of the financial contribution they provided to your household.

Learn more by visiting our pages on car accidents.

Source: U-T San Diego, " Filner recall proponent recuperates from auto accident," Diane Bell, Aug. 9, 2013