After you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you have missed time from work, what do you need to know?
First, lost wages refer to the income that you are not able to earn because of your injury. This lost income can include:
Documenting lost wages:
In order to make a successful wage loss claim you must be able to provide the insurance company with documentation that supports the fact that you are not able to work because of your injuries. The insurance company will not simply take your word for it. You will have to provide proof. This proof will need to include the following:
Calculating lost wages:
Let’s start with the easy situation when you have a full-time job and you are an hourly or salaried employee. If this is the case, to calculate your lost wages you simply take the number of hours that you missed from work and multiply them by your hourly pay rate. You can also argue for additional monies if you missed out on a promotion or other opportunity, but this is harder to justify.
When you are paid on commission or have a non-salaried job with irregular work hours calculating your wage loss is more difficult, but is possible.
First, you will want to show what you missed because you were not able to work. For example, a decrease in the number of sales you made during this time frame verses the prior months, or a decrease in billing invoices. If your overall wages decrease during the year that you were injured you can provide prior tax returns as evidence of what you would have earned.
You are also entitled to your lost wages even if you used your vacation or sick leave to cover those hours. The reason is because you now do not have that paid time off to use in the future.
What if you are never able to return to work?
If you are disabled because of your injuries lots of work needs to go into proving this and also proving the long-term value of your wage loss claim. There are a number of variables that need to be considered in determining your overall financial loss and this generally requires experts like a vocational rehabilitation specialist, life-care planner, and an economist who will analyze and calculate data in order to determine your lost wages, the cost of retraining, the cost of future medical needs, etc.
If you find yourself in this situation you should seek out the advice and help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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