What Are Lost Wages?
If your injuries, from an accident, prevent you from earning your regular salary, you may be able to recoup the difference in a lost wages claim. This is the case regardless of whether the accident was a car crash, a slip and fall, or another type of injury– as long as someone else’s carelessness or intentional wrongdoing caused it.
The right to reimbursement applies whether you work part-time, full-time, or are self-employed. However, you need to be able to prove the claim with records and other evidence. Our skilled attorneys have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of those who have been injured by someone else’s negligence. We may be able to do the same for you.
What is included in lost wages?
Lost wages can include past lost wages, future lost wages, and even loss in earning capacity.
- Past lost wage – Whether you were unable to work because of injury or treatment, the person responsible (or their insurance company) may need to pay for the earnings you would have made and even the sick or vacation time that you needed to take.
- Future lost wages – Once you settle your claim, you cannot go back to request additional compensation. You need to present evidence of how long your earning will be impacted because you can recover anticipated lost income.
- Loss in earning capacity – If your injury prevents you from expanding your job experience, by limiting the positions you can be promoted to, that can lower your overall earning ability for the rest of your life. If you can prove this, you may receive compensation for lost earning capacity.
Proving your claim
When it comes to proving your lost wages claim, documentation is crucial. For example, you need to be prepared to demonstrate how much work you missed because of your injuries, as well as how much money you would normally have made during that period. You also need to show causation by providing medical records or other proof to establish that the inability to work is related to the injury.
If you work a regular schedule, you may only need to obtain documentation from your employer confirming– your job title, rate of pay, how many hours you work, and how much work you missed because of the accident.
If you are self-employed or work a flexible schedule, you may need to review the types of records you have, such as tax returns, calendars, and invoices, to show your change in employment and therefore how much money you would have earned if not for the injury.
Submitting your lost wages claim
If another party caused the accident leading to your injury– an individual, business, or even a government entity– you may proceed with your claim against them, but their insurance company will most likely pay it.
Lost wages are just one component, so when you are negotiating a settlement for personal injury, property damage, or any other relevant loss– it will have to be included. Most cases settle during pretrial negotiations but if yours does not, you will need to present your income-related losses at the trial.
Speak with an experienced attorney
Choosing the right advocate, one who takes the time to understand your injury and the impact it has had on your life, is the first step toward obtaining full compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident and it is impacting your ability to earn a living, contact us. Our attorneys have 85 years of combined experience and look at every angle of a case to maximize its worth. Schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today.