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Wage Loss Compensation

Wage Loss - Personal injury - Compensation

Helmet and ToolsWhen a person suffers personal injuries as a result of an automobile accident / car crash, slip and fall, premise liability, dog bite, or some other kind of traumatic event or incident, there can and often is a significant disruption to the injury victim's work schedule and income production. Insurance companies are businesses with policies and procedures. Before funds are disbursed or reserved for damages including wage loss, documentation must be produced to substantiate the damages. Even with the production of documentation, insurance companies may still refuse to honor or value part or whole of a wage loss claim for a variety of reasons OR for no reasonable reason at all. If an injury victim returns to work soon after a traumatic event, the insurance company may argue that the injuries were minor seeing that the injury victim returned right back to work. If an injury victim remains out of work for an extended period of time, the insurance company may argue that the injury victim is malingering.

David A. Wolf understands the value and importance of employment, income production, and the inmate need to support oneself and a family. Since the age of 14, David A. Wolf has worked full time. Many jobs were labor intensive including a position with a landscaping company and, yes, a position with fast food giant McDonald's. While David A. Wolf is no longer digging holes or flipping hamburgers, he appreciates the work effort and ethic of his clients and takes all reasonable actions to pursue compensation for the wage loss for his clients. Here are some factors that are considered when handling or evaluating wage loss claims:

  • Did the injury victim hold a full time or part time job prior to the traumatic event?
  • What income is reflected on tax returns for the current years and prior years?
  • What is the occupation of the injury victim?
  • What are the physical requirements of the injury victim's occupation?
  • Does the injury victim get paid a salary, salary plus commission, or just commission only?
  • How long has the injury victim been employed in the current position?
  • Is there a doctor's note or recommendation to the injury victim to cease work or limit the work schedule previously in place?

In many cases, wage loss is not collected until the case is concluded. As such, many injury victims need to wait until the funds are collected which can take months or even a year or longer in some cases. Even though there is pain, discomfort, and suffering, an injury victim will often return to work before treatment is concluded and even before ongoing work is recommended by the treating doctor because of the necessity of earning an income and the necessity of supporting oneself and the injury victim's family. Certainly, a traumatic event like an automobile accident / car crash or other incidents can take a toll on the injury victim, his or her job / occupation, and the family.

It is important that the injury victim discuss the work challenges and situation with the treating medical providers and get advice from the medical providers as to whether the job presents risks to the health and / or safety of the injury victim.

Contact David A. Wolf, an attorney with over 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims including claims involving wage loss. Get D Wolf - On Your Side - At Your Side.

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I was in need of legal advice and David was there to assist. I was given advice most attorneys would charge outrageous fees for. When I called David promptly replied, got a grasp of my issue and gave wonderful advice and then referred me to someone who could better handle my issue. I would highly recommend him and if anything else comes up, my first call will be to him. Tracey
David did a great job representing my family in a recent legal matter. He provided great communication in a clear, concise and timely manner. He thoroughly outlined what our options were and answered all our questions. We were extremely pleased with the outcome and highly recommend anyone seeking legal counsel to contact him. David
David Wolf has provided legal advice and representation to me on a variety of issues. I have referred family members and friends to him as well. Whenever a legal issue arises, he is the first person I contact because I am always provided prompt and practical legal advice. I know that I am not David’s only client but he sure does his best to make me and others feel that way. Jill Kestner
David did an outstanding job with my case from start to finish. He was professional and courteous throughout the process and he made sure that I stayed informed. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel. Adam
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