when to return to work following auto accident

When Is It Safe to Return to Work Following a Serious Car Accident?

One of the most common questions we receive from our clients following a severe car accident is, “How much time should I stay home from work?” Clients also often ask, “Can I afford to take time off from work?”

People want to put their accidents behind them and return to their healthy, pre-accident lifestyles as quickly as possible. Before you return to work, it is important that you are fully recovered so that you don’t reinjure yourself. Your health should always be the top priority. Take the time needed to make a full recovery.

How Much Time Do I Need to Take Away from Work?

Knowing exactly how much time you will need to take away from work is a difficult task. Each accident is different, and there are many things that you must take into account before returning to work, such as:

How severe are your injuries? This is the question you need to address first, as the severity of your injuries will determine your recovery process. Obviously, more severe injuries will require more time away from work.

What type of work do you do? This is another question that will impact how long you can expect to be away from work. If you work a desk job, you may be able to return much more quickly than someone who works in construction. Office jobs are much less physically demanding than construction professions, meaning that you may be cleared to return to a desk job sooner than someone who’s work is physically demanding.

While you can technically return to work as soon as you are physically able, doing so is not advised if you will increase the risk of re-injury.

Does Waiting Longer to Return Hurt My Injury Claim?

One shouldn’t be guided by a concern for their case or amount of recovery when considering going back to work. There is no needed to rush or delay your return to work. It is best to return to work only after your doctor has fully cleared you to do so. Your injuries and time out of work, lost wages, long-term impact and pain and suffering will all be documented within the medical records and litigation discovery. Our office will be able to make the best case for you based on the reality of your injuries and financial losses, including both those that are immediate and future losses.

Can I Seek Compensation for Medical Bills and Lost Wages?

With all accidents, medical bills quickly become a real and stressful problem. New York no-fault insurance is capped at $50,000. That is not a lot of money when someone is badly injured. If you do not have private insurance, you will quickly learn that proper medical care is difficult to find, and the medical bills keep coming in.

Meanwhile, you may have lost wages and no income while injured and out of work. This is a difficult financial and emotional time for many people, but there is a way through it.

In New York, personal injury claims are designed to financially recover these losses. But this is a process and one that on average will take 2 years. Insurance companies do not want to pay for these losses, and they will fight the claim as much as possible. Anyone facing these challenges needs a personal injury law firm that knows the process and will keep you informed as to where your case stands and how long you can expect a recovery to take.

Ultimately, a personal injury lawsuit is designed to provide financial recovery for:

● Pain and suffering

● Long-term or permanent injury

● Medical bills

● Rehabilitation costs (physical therapy, surgery, etc.)

● Lost wages

● Future economic losses, and

● Property damage

Can I Still Receive Compensation If I Take a Paid Sick Leave?

Paid sick leave will aid in easing stress and allow you to focus on recovery.

Always Take Your Doctor’s Advice

Don’t return to work before you are medically cleared to do so. This is both smart physical recovery and lawsuit management. If you return to work before you are medically cleared to do so you risk both re-injury and complicating your lawsuit with a new injury that you caused yourself. If you act outside the scope of your doctor’s orders and reinjure yourself, you can bet the defense insurance company will seek to deny or greatly reduce your financial compensation.

Speak with a Qualified New York Auto Accident Attorney Today

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Read our reviews. See what our clients are saying. We take this work seriously and we make it a priority ion our office to know you, your case and to do everything we can to help, both during and after your lawsuit is over.

At The Ahearne Law Firm, we know the impact and problems caused by a bad accident. We know the stress and pain it causes, and we know the best way to protect you financially and help you recover for all economic losses.

Call and get to know us. There is no cost to you. We handle all litigation expenses and cover the cost of your case. Our team is made up of experienced and trusted New York car accident attorneys. Let us focus on your case so you can focus on recovery.

Call us today (845) 763-4100 to schedule your free case evaluation and get started on the road to recovery.


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