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How Can You Receive Lost Wages After a Car Accident?

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After a car accident, you may unfortunately experience not just physical and emotional pain, but financial pain, especially if the injury was debilitating enough to require significant medical costs. A major concern an injured person can have is required time off work in order to recover from the injury. The time to recover could take weeks or even months, leading to a financial strain and burden on the injured party. Employers do not have to keep you employed, but returning to work without a doctor’s approval could result in you losing compensation and you still might be unable to perform. The good news is that you may be eligible to receive lost wages through New York’s No-Fault Insurance coverage, allowing you to receive necessary benefits while you recover from your injury.

Basic New York No-Fault Benefits can cover up to $2,000 per month, or 80% of your lost earnings for up to three years after your car accident. Some insurance policies may even have increased benefit limits that allow for a larger cap of lost earnings, some instances even covering up to $50,000. In order to qualify for this coverage, you must make sure you can provide your insurance carrier: (1) a medical verification of your disability; (2) an employment status; and (3) an accurate breakdown of your current income. Typically your insurance carrier will contact your doctor and employer to attain this information, but because there may be delays in the process to receive benefits, it is important to keep this information on file to help expedite the process.

NOTE: Actuaries determine how much your insurance can cover based on whether $2,000 per month or 80% of your lost earnings is less.

In addition to providing your insurance carrier with necessary information, you are also required to apply for New York State disability benefits; your carrier will provide you with an application that you must fill out and submit. If you are eligible but don’t apply for disability benefits, your No-Fault insurance carrier can offset—or deduct—the amount of compensation you may have received from a disability from your No-Fault wage loss benefits. If you are denied disability benefits, you must present proof of denial to your carrier to help make sure you get the maximum benefits you’re owed.

Dealing with an injury can be particularly overwhelming and especially frustrating when it wasn’t even your fault. That’s why we at KI Legal go out of our way to help others when they are faced with a serious injury. Contact KI Legal today to help regain your financial losses and help you with the potential obstacles that go along with it.



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