Recovering lost wages in car accident claims
Car accidents due to another’s negligence can be devastating. Right off the bat, you know you will be dealing with damages to your vehicle as well as any injuries you might have sustained.
But on top of that, your injuries could lead to even more trouble for you. You might end up unable to do your usual daily activities, or even worse — you end up missing out on work or other income opportunities because of your accident injuries.
For those of you wondering if you can recover lost wages in a car accident claim: the answer is yes. As the person filing suit, you are allowed to recover any lost wages that were a direct result of the accident.
A straightforward example of a situation where this is applicable would be if you sustained a physical injury from the car accident. Let us say you broke your leg, and as a waitress or waiter, this makes it extremely difficult to do your job.
In this instance, you are entitled to the wages you would have received had you not broken your leg and you were able to work. So if you were out from work for three months while recovering, you can recover the amount you would have received during that time.
Even if your injury was more psychological than physical, you still have a right to recover lost wages. If the injury was debilitating or severe enough to keep you from doing your job, then you have the ground to pursue your lost wages.
In some situations, you car accident may have resulted in catastrophic injury, which could be something permanently disabling or disable you for a long time. Under these circumstances, it affects your ability to earn money for an indefinite amount of time into the future, which means you can recover damages for lost earning capacity.
And while many people think they cannot pursue lost wages for a preexisting injury, there are certain exceptions. If you were able to work with your preexisting injury but then your car accident worsened it to the point where you can no longer work, then you can also pursue compensation for lost wages or lost earning capacity.
It is important to note that when it comes to pursuing lost wages in a car accident claim you will need to prove that you in fact lost wages and that is because of your injury from the accident. It is in your best interest to seek out the help of an experienced car accident and personal injury attorney.
In Birmingham, the attorneys of Salter Ferguson, LLC has a record of achieving positive results for their injured clients. Do not wait another second for your compensation. Call them today at 205-408-4357 for a consultation.
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