Lost Wages and Personal Injury
When you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or any other type of negligence, there is a good chance that you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for your injury. Personal injury lawsuits are designed to help victims receive compensation for the damage that has been done to them, and that damage can take a number of different forms. Though the most immediate is often the medical expenses that result from the injury, there are a number of other costs that often follow, including lost wages. Lost wages resulting from personal injury can encompass a number of different things. It includes the time and related wages lost as a result of going to doctors’ appointments or being treated for the injury, as well as any loss of earnings capacity that may have resulted from the injury. If you have been hurt as a result of another’s negligence, the experienced attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can explain the various types of damages to which you may be entitled.
The wages that you have lost following a personal injury should be included in any lawsuit that you file against the responsible party. This is true whether you are a full-time, salaried individual or only work part time or occasionally – it is also available regardless of whether you are somebody else’s employee or are self-employed. It is also important to remember that you are not required to use your sick time or vacation time to recover from an injury that was caused by somebody else. If you would have or could have earned money but were unable to as a result of the injury itself or receiving treatment for the injury, then this is considered a reimbursable expense.
Lost wages can be recovered both for time missed and for lost opportunities. In order to document actual losses, a personal injury attorney will use information such as your personal income taxes, invoices submitted to clients for your time, a letter from your employer regarding the hours that you generally work, or other evidence of what your earning would have or could have been. You are also able to submit evidence regarding work opportunities that you could have had if not for your accident, including missing out on a promotion that you would have been eligible for or a job opening that you would have pursued.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to collect all of the available documentation and evidence to make sure that you receive compensation for lost wages, including intangible losses of opportunity that may have resulted from your injury. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will fight aggressively to make sure that you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation about your case.