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Should You Make A Claim For Lost Wages?

When you’ve been injured in an accident, your whole life is thrown for a loop. Your injuries may even be so severe you perform your normal work duties. In the case of serious injury, your claim should cover the full costs of your accident, not just your medical bills. These costs include any wages lost as the result of your accident.

What Are Lost Wages?

Lost wages are a form of damages awarded in personal injury, wrongful death, and auto accident cases. These damages are the compensation for income that you have missed out on because of the accident. You may be able to claim lost wages for time you’ve missed during hospital and doctors visits, as well as time you’ve had to take off for recovery.

What Is Lost Earning Capacity?

In severe cases that resulted in disability, your injuries may be so severe you can no longer perform your normal job. Lost wages will help you reclaim not only the wages you lost after the accident but the future projected earnings from the loss of employment. These earnings can also include financial benefits like retirement, health insurance, and bonuses.

Why Should You Make A Claim For Lost Wages?

If your injuries from the accident were severe enough that you missed time from work, you should pursue a claim for lost wages. Your attorney will help you determine the value of your lost wages and if your particular accident also qualifies you for lost earning capacity It is important to pursue lost wages because there are more costs to an accident than just the medical bills and when an injury is not your fault, you should not have to pay those costs.

How Do You Prove Lost Wages?

In order to make a claim for lost wages, you need to prove that your injury caused you to miss work and lose wages. You attorney will guide you through this process but in general you will need a few documents as evidence to prove your claim:

● Medical Documentation: Your medical documents will show that the injuries were a result of the accident and that they were so severe that you had to miss work. In most cases, your doctor will need to write you a note that recommends time off from work.

● Pay Stubs: You will need copies of your pay stubs from before and during your injury to prove that you lost income as a result of your injury. In cases where you did not receive pay stubs because you missed so much work, you can submit your W2s. If you are self-employed, you can submit tax return documents from the previous year along with any invoices or correspondence proving the amount of money you would have normally earned.

● Employer Verification: Along with pay stubs, it is helpful to have your employer verify that you have missed work or lost your jobs. The best way to do this is in the form of a letter that details the days you missed and your normal pay rate.

Why You Need A Qualified Attorney To Claim Lost Wages

Insurance companies do not want to pay a fair settlement to people who have been injured. They will fight you on the costs of your medical bills, so getting the full value of your injury including lost wages can be a battle. , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh are here to help. With a century of combined experience we know exactly how to prove the extent of your injuries and your lost wages. We can even take on truly difficult cases like disability injuries that include loss of earning capacity claims. No matter what your legal situation, we’ve got your back. Don’t settle for less than what you are owed, contact us today for a free consultation.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Should You Make A Claim For Lost Wages?

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