You can replace a vehicle, and injuries can often heal, but lost income and opportunities resulting from a car accident can affect you for a lifetime. If you have lost wages or work opportunities as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to damages.
If you plan to recover damages for lost wages as part of your Atlanta car accident claim, you will need to provide the appropriate evidence. Here is quick guide to evidence and documentation that can help you support your claim to lost income.
Existing Lost Wages
Lengthy hospital stays not only rack up medical bills, they can also lead to the loss of wages and even employment. If you have been injured in a car accident as the result of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages during your missed work days.
To recover these damages, you will need to present evidence of the losses incurred. This typically involves a letter from an employer and––in many cases––past income returns. If you own a small business, proving low income may be more complicated. Work with your attorney to develop accurate estimates of income that you would have earned had you have been able to come to work.
Future Lost Wages
In addition to compensation for lost income in the past, you can be awarded damages for the impact of a long-term disability on future income. This is especially relevant for workers in hands-on trades like construction, retail, and dining. Central to the recovery of these wages is proof of your long-term disability. Detailed medical records will demonstrate the scope of your injuries and how they impact your physical ability to do various types of work. Expert testimony from an experienced medical professional can also aid your case during litigation.
With their heavy physical and emotional toll, car accident injuries can make difficult to live up to your full potential. The can result in a great number of lost work opportunities, including the inability to look for new work, develop skills, or network. Working with your attorney, you can build up evidence to quantify the cost of lost opportunities that would result directly from your injuries. This can include emotional anguish resulting from injuries and their impact on your ability to look for jobs, or lost time to keep work skills updated.
Personal Skills and Experience
Many injury victims are surprised to find that their own personal work history and skills can significantly impact their ability to recover lost wages. Courts consider factors as varied as life expectancy and relative work experience to determine and estimate past and future lost wages.
Call a Skilled Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
When it comes to protecting your livelihood, you should accept no substitute to experienced, direct legal representation. At the Angell Law Firm, we help Atlanta car accident victims protect their right to lost wages through diligent representation in and out of the courtroom. To learn more, contact us online or call 770-217-4954.