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The Price of Missing Work: Recovering Lost Wages After an Accident

The Price of Missing Work

Accident victims often suffer injuries so severe that they are unable to perform their job duties. A broken leg or damaged spinal chord can keep you out of work for months. If you were employed at the time of an injury, you are entitled to damages for lost wages. These damages are equal to the amount of working wages you lost while recovering. Unemployed accident victims can obtain damages for loss of wage earning capacity. Medical impairment, functional ability, and vocational skills are considered if you were out-of-work when the accident occurred. In either case, be assertive when you talk to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Adjusters often downplay claims for lost wages, especially when you were unemployed at the time of injury.

Prove Lost Wage Damages

Accident victims need to take the following steps in order to prove damages for lost wages:

  • Obtain copies of your medical records

  • Record the dates you were unable to work

  • Note the time and dates you received medical treatment

  • Keep any correspondence between you and your employer

  • Save medical bills

  • Obtain a statement from your employer indicating when you were scheduled to work and the amount of money you would have earned

Recover Your Lost Wages

If you were injured in a car crash or another type of accident, you may be able to recover lost wages. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation. Thorp Law has vast experience fighting for accident victims and guiding them through the legal process. Our team of lawyers will stand up to the insurance company so you can obtain fair compensation.