Can you be compensated for lost wages after a car accident in Tampa?
Posted By Darrigo & Diaz
If you were injured in a car accident in Tampa and are unable to work for several days, weeks, or even months, you are probably wondering whether or not you can be compensated for lost wages. Under Florida law, car accident victims are entitled to receive compensation from lost wages. However, certain circumstances apply. In this article, our Tampa car accident attorneys explain how you can qualify to receive compensation from lost wages due to an accident.
How to receive lost wages after a Tampa car accident
First, it’s important to understand how Florida’s insurance laws work. Florida requires that all drivers purchase no-fault insurance coverage. This is Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This type of insurance covers a portion of your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who is at fault in an accident.
Here’s how Personal Injury Protection (PIP) works
PIP coverage for lost wages: PIP insurance typically covers a percentage (usually 60% to 80%) of your lost wages, up to a maximum limit specified in your policy. The maximum limit for PIP benefits can vary depending on your policy, but it is usually capped at $10,000.
Eligibility for PIP benefits: To be eligible for PIP benefits for lost wages, you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident, and a medical professional must determine that you have an “emergency medical condition” or an injury that requires ongoing treatment. Your compensation may be limited if you don’t meet these criteria.
Exhausting PIP benefits: Once your PIP benefits are exhausted (either because you’ve reached the maximum limit or your injuries have healed), you may pursue compensation for additional lost wages and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This is where you may be able to recover additional compensation, including lost wages that exceed your PIP coverage.
Third-Party claims: If the other driver is at fault and you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against them, you can seek compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Future loss of income: You may also be entitled to compensation for future loss of income. Future loss of income includes compensation for money you may lose due to a disability or permanent impairment.
Why you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Tampa
It’s important to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Tampa if need compensation for lost wages, medical bills or other damages. As outlined above, the process for receiving compensation after an accident is nuanced. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process.
How Darrigo & Diaz can help you
Darrigo & Diaz is an experienced personal injury law firm in Tampa. Our attorneys have helped hundreds of Tampa bay residents recover compensation for medical bills, damages, and lost wages after an accident. We strive to make the process as stress-free as possible. When you call our office, our legal team will inform you of your rights and immediately start working for you. Here’s what we will do:
- – We can help you find appropriate medical care in the Tampa Bay area
- – We will handle the insurance companies on your behalf
- – We will hire experts to investigate the accident to prove you are not at-fault
- – We will file all the necessary paperwork for your insurance claims
- – We will file a personal injury lawsuit to ensure you receive full and fair compensation
Injured in an accident in Tampa?
Call Darrigo & Diaz at 813-437-9077 to speak with our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys.
If your or a loved one has been injured in a Tampa car accident, the car accident attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz can help. Since 1999, we have helped individuals throughout Tampa Bay get the justice and compensation they need and deserve. We have the expertise and experience you need to take on big corporations and insurance companies in the courtroom. We fight for our clients to ensure you receive the physical, emotional and financial support to heal and recover.