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Can I Be Reimbursed for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Portland, OR?

Can I Be Reimbursed for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Portland, OR?

Were you recently involved in a car accident in Portland, Oregon? If so, you likely have many questions, including whether you can seek reimbursement for your lost wages. 

A Portland car accident lawyer at Tillmann Law LLC is here to answer your questions and explain your legal options for compensation. We have over 17 years of experience and treat every client with compassion and respect. 

Contact our Portland, OR law office at (503) 272-8986 to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your car accident and how it has impacted your life. We’re here to provide honest legal advice and help you get the compensation you need following a collision. 

How Tillmann Law Can Help You Recover Compensation for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Portland, Oregon 

How Tillmann Law Can Help You Recover Compensation for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Portland, Oregon 

Car accidents often result in serious injuries that require ongoing medical treatment, which can put you in a difficult financial situation. Medical care is expensive, and you may also have to pay for childcare and other domestic services – all while missing time from work.

Fortunately, Oregon law allows car accident victims to pursue compensation from at-fault drivers, and lost wages are included in your economic damages. The legal team at Tillmann Law can help you calculate and recover the lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses you’ve sustained.

If you hire our Portland personal injury lawyers for help recovering lost income and other damages after a collision, we’ll: 

  • Listen to your story and provide a tailored legal strategy to get you the best possible outcome
  • Investigate the cause of the crash and identify everyone who could be liable for your damages
  • File all insurance and/or personal injury claims on your behalf 
  • Negotiate with insurance companies and other parties as we work toward a fair settlement 
  • Represent you in court proceedings if opposing parties refuse to settle in good faith

Contact our personal injury law firm in Portland to discover how we can help you achieve the maximum financial recovery possible.

How Do I Get Compensation After a Car Accident in Portland?

Oregon is an at-fault state for auto insurance, meaning at-fault drivers are financially responsible for the damages they cause in accidents.  

At a minimum, all Oregon drivers must carry the following car insurance

  • Bodily injury liability (BIL): $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability (PDL): $20,000 per accident 
  • Personal injury protection (PIP): $15,000 per person
  • Uninsured motorist (UM): $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident

Bodily injury liability is fault-based insurance. To recover compensation from an at-fault driver’s BIL policy, you must prove that they caused the car accident. If you prove they’re liable, you can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. 

Personal injury protection, on the other hand, is a no-fault policy. After an accident, you can recover compensation from your PIP policy for your medical expenses and up to 70% of your lost income, even if you caused the collision. 

However, you can only recover lost wages if you miss at least 14 days of work, and the maximum payment is $3,000 per month. Additionally, the maximum payment period is 52 weeks.

If you exceed the available insurance policy limits and have residual losses, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party for additional compensation. 

What Damages Are Available After a Collision in Portland, OR? 

Oregon law allows car accident victims to recover compensation for their economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial and subjective) losses. 

Economic damages might include the following: 

  • Past and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, nursing care, and other healthcare services 
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning potential if you’re unable to return to work in the same capacity as before the collision
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Property damage 

Non-economic damages might include the following: 

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Inconvenience 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 
  • Loss of society 

We will help you identify your losses, put a dollar value on them, and pursue them from responsible parties. Contact Tillmann Law today to speak with an experienced Portland car accident attorney. 

How Are Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Capacity Calculated? 

Valuing your lost wages is relatively straightforward. We can review the days you missed from work due to your injuries and determine the income you lost. You can also be reimbursed if you had to use vacation time or sick days since those are benefits you lost due to another person’s actions. 

We can prove lost wages using employment records (e.g., attendance and pay stubs) and medical records. 

Diminished earning capacity is more challenging to prove because it’s a projected (future) loss. You may be permanently unable to work due to your injuries. Even if you can return to work in some capacity, you can seek compensation for the difference between your pre-injury and post-injury income. 

However, proving the amount often requires the assistance of expert witnesses. We may consult economic and financial experts who will evaluate your profession, education, work history, and life expectancy to calculate your diminished earning capacity.

Additionally, medical specialists can attest to the impact of your injuries on your employment.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Portland Car Accident Lawyer To Discuss Your Lost Wages and Other Damages

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Portland, OR, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and more. 

Contact Tillmann Law to speak with a Portland car accident attorney regarding the compensation you can seek and the best course of action for your case.