After an injury in an accident, if you had to miss work and it’s not your fault, you need to know how to prove lost wages after a car accident and get paid for them.
What are exactly lost wages?The wages or income that you would normally early if not for the negligence of the at-fault party, are called lost wages. If you were in a car accident that was not your fault, and the injuries sustained in it are preventing you to earn your normal wage, you could submit a personal injury case against the at fault driver for lost wages after a car accident. In this claim, you would seek compensation for injuries and costs that you had to pay because someone else’s negligent behavior. In most cases, the compensation comes from the at-fault party’s insurance provider, but in order to receive it, you will need to have proof and documents backing up your case and compensation claim. There are two types for damages you can seek compensation for. The first ones are the economic damages which can be easily calculated and represent the financial loss the accident caused you. This means that you can include medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, diminished earning potential and lost wages after a car accident. The second type are the so-called non-economic damages, which cannot be calculated to easily and are usually referring to the pain and suffering you (or your family) endured because of the accident.
Examples of lost wages after a car accident
- When it comes to lost wages after a car accident, we usually include the following:
- Wages and earnings that you would normally earn if it weren’t for the accident and injuries caused by it
- Paid time off (or PTO) that you have to use in order to provide for your family because you’re not able to work
- Income or wage that you would normally earn for overtime work, but now you cannot due to your injuries
- Lost commissions, bonuses etc. that you usually earn in your line of work for high performance
- Various promotions or pay rises that you’re not entitled to now because of the accident.