Yes. If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault and missed time from work — even if you were paid for the time or used sick leave or vacation time — you can receive compensation for lost wages to cover the time you missed due to the accident. This is true whether you work for an employer or are self-employed.
In addition to immediately contacting a personal injury attorney, there are several things you can (and should) do to strengthen your case and ensure you get the appropriate compensation.
First, you should seek immediate medical care for your injuries. Any delay in doing so could result in a lower settlement figure from the insurance company.
You should get a written statement from your physician outlining the extent of your injuries, why you're unable to work, and how long you'll be out of work. Provide a copy of this report to your employer and your personal injury attorney.
You're entitled to loss of income from the time of the accident to the date of the settlement, as well as income you could have been expected to earn from the time of the settlement until you are able to return to work (if ever). In such cases, your personal injury attorney will present evidence regarding your potential future earnings.
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