Being injured in an accident can come at a high physical, emotional and financial cost. Expensive medical treatment and time off from work can put you and your family in a precarious financial position. At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys have years of experience recovering fair compensation for accident victims and can help to ensure your family is taken care of if you’ve suffered injuries, loss of wages and other damages due to someone else’s negligence.
Loss Of Wages And Future Loss Of Earnings
If you’ve had to miss work as a result of physical or psychological injuries sustained in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you would have received if you had been able to work. If a motor vehicle accident causes permanent injury or disability that affects your ability to earn a living, you may also be able to recover damages for future loss of earnings, also known as lost earning capacity. Even if you are able to work, chronic pain, PTSD and other serious injuries can have long-lasting effects that may prevent you from realizing your full earning potential.
Although the auto accident must be the direct cause of your injury to recover for loss of wages and earning capacity, if an accident exacerbates an existing injury and impedes you from being able to work like you used to, you may be able to recover compensation. A personal injury attorney will assess your specific circumstances and advise you on the best course of action to take.
Proof Of Lost Wages And Loss Of Earning Capacity
It’s easy to prove loss of wages by providing your most recent pay stubs before your injury occurred. However, if you’re self-employed, it can be more complex and take more time to prove. You will most likely have to provide examples of invoices or other proof of income that shows how much you would have typically earned. It can also be tricky to prove lost earning capacity, since speculation about future potential income is necessary. Determining the amount you are entitled to recover can be challenging, and many personal injury attorneys consult seasoned financial experts who can help determine a ballpark number for what you would have earned if you had not been injured.
Whether you’ve filed a claim with an insurance company or your case is litigated in court, evidence such as your full medical history, work habits, character traits, education and career goals are factored in when determining how much you should be awarded for lost wages and earning capacity. That’s why it’s vital to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who knows how to effectively demonstrate the nature and extent of your injuries to help you recover maximum compensation for your damages.
A Skilled Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Will Protect Your Rights
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the complexities surrounding the recovery of lost wages and other damages can ensure you receive the compensation and financial security you need to support yourself and your family. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, call Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices at 610-867-2900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.