Working after car accident
Thread poster: Helene Olsen Richards

Helene Olsen Richards  Identity Verified
United States
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Nov 18, 2012

Not sure this is the right place for this post...but could not find a 'suitable' forum.

Hope someone can assist...

Hi all. Wondering if anyone can help....I had a car accident in 2010 and have experienced a great amount of loss of clients and subsequently income. Has anyone else gone through the same and how long did it take to get 'back on top'? Information would be greatly appreciated. Have a personal injury trial that starts in 3 weeks and it would be helpful for court... Thanks so much.


Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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How long were you not able to work? Nov 19, 2012

I haven't had a serious car accident but I suppose that in case of a freelancer it must be similar to other situations when one is not able to work for prolonged periods.
Unfortunately the longer it lasts the greater is the loss of clientsicon_frown.gif

Best Regards


Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Feedback from lost clients Nov 19, 2012

Hi Helene,

Here is a thought: pick one or two of your lost clients, and get some feedback showing that it was due to your unavailability during a certain period of time that your working relationship came to an end (or became seriously limited).

You may already have ample indication in your emails. Check with your lawyer whether they can be used in court to support your position. Perhaps a testimony on their part would be even better; a good PM with yhom you had a close working relationship might give one without any fuss. It is certainly worth trying. But contact them one by one, and if one refuses, take into consideration the reasons for the refusal, and thzen adapt the next request sent to another PM.

If there are any such clients in your vicinity, meeting them in person is certainly a better way to try: if you share a coffee, and are face to face, issues that may seem delicate or problematic ion an email can be discussed very naturally.

Best of luck,


Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
United States
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I am no lawyer, but... Nov 20, 2012

I think the maximum consideration you may be given in terms of an estimation for your lost income is an average based on the year or a few years before the accident. Your income is stated on your tax records, black and white, and I think that would be an acceptable proof.
I doubt they would consider any assumption that you would have gotten more work than in previous years.
I am not sure how easy it would be to get your past clients to testify.
Perhaps - as Attila says, if you have a record of them approaching you with a definite project that you had to refuse due to the injury, you could use that. The rest is really a crapshoot, I think, depending on the lawyers ability to convince the judge/jury.


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