Getting injured when it was no fault of your own is stressful and painful enough, but there is often the additional problem of suffering a loss of wages due to your injuries. You may have been forced to lose weeks of pay because another person acted carelessly.
If you have been injured due to unforeseen circumstances, you may be able to make a claim to be able to recoup your losses. This blog will act as a brief overview into lost wages and claims to win your wages back.
How are "lost wages" defined?
When it comes to personal injuries claims, "lost wages" are referred to when establishing the amount of money that you would have earned but did not because of the particular injury or sickness. "Lost earning capacity" and "lost compensation" are often different things. Lost compensation could refer to other financial benefits that you may have had, such as bonuses and commission.
How do I submit a lost wages claim?
In the case of a car accident, you can make a claim to either your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company. In the event of a serious accident, you should consider filing a lawsuit against the other driver. It is recommended that you wait until you make a full recovery from your injuries until you decide to make a claim.
How do I prove lost wages?
You can prove lost wages by providing a doctor's note and presenting your wage documents. You should also include a letter from your employer to confirm the situation.
Source: FindLaw, "Making a lost wages claim," accessed Aug. 18, 2017