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Personal Injuries Can Result in Time Lost from Work or School

Jason Reese

The Centers for Disease Control performed a National Health Interview Study from 2011–2014. It showed that, “an average of 15.6 million medically attended injury episodes were reported annually among employed persons aged more than 13 years. Nearly half of these injury episodes resulted in time lost from work showing 7% for less than 1 day, 26% for 1–5 days, and 15% for more than 6 days. An average of 9.4 million medically attended injury episodes were reported annually among persons aged 5 years or older who attended school. More than one third of these injury episodes resulted in time lost from school: 9% for less than 1 day, 25% for 1–5 days, and 3% for more than 6 days.”

QuickStats: Percentage of Medically Attended Injury Episodes

Source: QuickStats: Percentage of Medically Attended Injury Episodes That Resulted in Time Lost from Work or School, by Number of Days Lost — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:683. DOI:

Time Lost May Earn You a Settlement

If a personal injury caused by someone else has resulted in time lost from work or school (or other damages like accrued medical costs, pain and suffering, etc), a person may be able to make a claim against that person or business and their insurance company.

Lost income damages, includes both money lost from the employment you held when injured, and reimbursement for all work opportunities you missed due to the accident and its effects. The right to be reimbursed for time lost from work is applicable whether you have a full-time or part-time job, temporary employment, an hourly wage or weekly or monthly salary, or are self-employed. You will need to document your lost income by demonstrating how much work you missed, and also show how much you might have earned during that time. Having evidence from employers, clients and income tax returns will be necessary.

You will need evidence from your school if time away from your education was lost from an accident as well. For example, college aged students may find it difficult to attend scheduled classes or study for upcoming tests and participate in campus life after suffering a personal injury. They risk lowering their GPA, missing out on internship opportunities, or losing the money they paid for their coursework as well.

And remember, as with all personal injury cases, the type of accident and the cause of the accident will affect whether compensation will be claimed.

Time lost can be an area where an experienced personal injury attorney is recommended in order to help you increase the odds that you recover the appropriate amount of compensation. At Wagner Reese, we understand personal injury law and can help you understand and maximize your time lost damages. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.


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