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Can I Sue if My Car Accident Leads to a Lost Job?

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2017 | Firm News

NEW YORK. In today’s tough job market, it can be hard enough to keep the job you have in New York City. According to the Balance, workers who are late, who take sick days, or who leave early may find themselves on the chopping block if the company has to lay off workers. During review time, these employees may not receive raises or may not get a good bonus. Yet, what happens when your car accident results in your lateness? What happens when you have to take sick days to recover from a crash? What if you need to leave early to go to court to seek damages after an accident in New York?

For some people, one turn of bad luck can lead to a whole chain of bad circumstances. Yet, if you’ve lost your job, lost out on a promotion, or feel that your salary or bonus has been affected due to your car accident, you may have legal rights and options under the law. Consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer like Antin, Ehrlich, & Epstein, L.L.P. in New York. Our firm can calculate the amount of money you lost as a result of your firing or layoff. If you’ve lost out on wages due to taking sick time to recover, we may also be able to help you recover these losses. If you have been disabled as a result of your accident, our firm may be able to help you seek a recovery for your lost earning capacity.

A car accident can affect more than just your ability to make it into work. It can also affect your productivity. The emotional impact of a crash should not be underestimated. While more employers are open to workers taking mental health days, employers generally want to see employees stay productive when they return to the job. However, if you find yourself thinking about the crash, being interrupted by calls from insurance adjusters, or are worried about making ends meet, this can impact your productivity at work. According to Forbes, just a short break to grab coffee or to take a call can distract you for up to 20 minutes. It can take up to 20 minutes for you to return to the task at hand. This can affect your performance, which can impact your ability to advance your career.

It is important to never underestimate the full impact a car accident can have on your life. Pain and suffering damages can also extend into the ways your accident may have derailed your career or life plans. If you work for yourself, for example, even just two weeks away from the job can seriously impact your earnings and your business plans. If you find yourself struggling after a car accident, consider speaking to the personal injury lawyers at Antin Ehrlich, & Epstein, L.L.P. in New York. We can review the ways your accident has impacted your life and help you seek the maximum possible damages under the law.