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Helping You Maximize Income Replacement After a Serious Car Accident

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and cannot return to work for a prolonged period, you may have access to multiple sources of replacement income. However, trying to figure out how these multiple sources of income interact and how best to maximize your return can be a challenging task. That is why it is important to have an experienced law firm to guide you through the process.

Your own car insurance will pay your income loss, but not for the first week after the accident. It will also pay only 70% of your pre-tax income to a paltry maximum of $400.00 per week.

Your workplace may cover your full income loss immediately after your accident through sick days or short-term disability benefits provided under a group benefit plan. Typically, this would equal your full pre-accident income, but may only last until your sick days or your short-term disability benefits run out in a matter of weeks.

Some individuals have long-term disability coverage through their group benefit plan, or through a private insurance plan they have purchased. The only problem with most of these plans is that they will not pay during the “waiting period”, which is typically the first three or four months after the accident. When they do pay, they may pay only 60% or 70% of your pre-accident income.

The choices are complicated, and choosing the wrong option without expert legal advice can result in a real shortfall.

For example, let’s say you are in a serious car accident and can’t work for a prolonged period of time. Assume you earn $1,000 per week and you have 30 available sick days, no short-term disability benefits, and long-term disability benefits with a four month waiting period before they kick in. In that scenario, you would use up your sick days first, since they would equal your full pay of $1,000.00 per week for one month. You would not apply for income replacement from your car insurance, even though that appears to be the logical choice, because car insurance pays a mere maximum of $400 per week and doesn’t even cover your first week off work.    

After the first month, however, you will have no choice but to apply for the automobile insurance benefits of $400.00 per week until your long-term disability benefits start in the fifth month after your accident (due to the four month waiting period). At that point, with our guidance, you would apply for long-term disability benefits and receive 70% of your full income, which is $700.00 per week. Without our help, many people would not even realize they had access to long-term disability benefits, and would continue to lose $300.00(!) per week by relying solely on auto insurance until they returned to work.

Our firm can even help to recover the $300.00 per week you lost while getting a mere $400.00 weekly from your auto insurer. We can recover this from the driver who caused the car accident in the first place, along with compensation for pain and suffering, although it may take a little extra time to recoup.

As you can see, navigating the income replacement maze after a motor vehicle collision can be extremely difficult and could cost you money if you handle things on your own. Let our experienced team help you and your family to ensure that the maximum amount of income continues to roll in during your accident recovery so you don’t fall into debt and despair. You need the Himelfarb Proszanski Advantage®!

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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