Recovering Lost Wages After Your Car Accident


October 20, 2015

Car accident injuries can greatly impact your ability to work as well as your long term work opportunities. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you could experience short or long term disability that prevent you from completing work related activities. The most severely injured employees might be unable to return to their current position and could be forced to change their career. It is essential that anyone injured in a car accident who is forced to miss work seek compensation for their lost wages. 

The following is a look at some evidence and documentation that can help support your claim for lost income:

Current Lost Wages

Hospital stays and rehabilitation time will create not just medical expenses, but can also lead to the loss of wages. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the actions of a negligent driver, you should be entitled to compensation for the wages you lost during your missed time off work so long as your doctor temporarily or permanently disables you on the basis of your injuries.

To recover these damages, you will need to present evidence of the losses you have incurred thus far. This could come in the form of a letter from your employer and past income returns. If you are a small business owner, this could be more complex and your attorney will assist you in putting together necessary evidence of lost income.

Future Lost Wages

In addition to recovering for the income you have already lost as a result of the accident, you can be awarded damages for the impact of a long term disability on your future wages. This is often important for workers in hands on trades, like retail and construction. You will need to prove the long term nature of your disability and what it will cost you in wages. You can build evidence as to the scope of your injuries, how they impact your job, and your ability to perform other types of work. The testimony of a medical professional may be important to aid in your claim.

Your Ability to Change Careers

The court will consider whether you have the ability to move to a new career field because your injury prevents you from continuing in your current profession. It will also examine factors such as your work experience and prior training as well as your ability to network, develop skills and look for new work. Courts will also take into account your life expectancy and the emotional and physical toll of the accident. Weighing all of these factors, the court will assess what damages you should be entitled to given the long term and devastating nature of your injuries on your current and future ability to work.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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