Catastrophic injuries sustained in a car or truck accident can leave you seriously incapacitated for a long period of time. Consequently, you may need to take time off work to complete your medical treatment—or simply to rest and recover from your injuries.
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for lost wages, or lost earnings. The purpose of a lost wage claim is to compensate you for the time and money you lost from not working while you were recuperating from your injuries and seeking medical treatment or physical therapy.
If you sustained permanent injuries and damages in an accident, you may also be able to make a claim for lost earning capacity. Damages for lost earning capacity compensate an injured accident victim for a decreased (or lost) ability to work. In some cases, the accident victim may need to quit his or her job—or change careers altogether—because of the injuries sustained in the accident. These damages are largely compensable.
The Gwinnett County catastrophic injury lawyers at Brauns Law can review your case and determine whether or not you have a valid legal claim for lost wages or lost earning capacity. If you do, our knowledgeable team of attorneys has the legal expertise to advocate for your interests throughout your case.
Proving Lost Wages
If you sustained one or more catastrophic injuries in your accident, you probably need to take at least some time off from work. In a personal injury case, you may be eligible to recover some or all of these lost wages. The first step is to ask your employer to fill out a lost wage statement or verification which details your work hours, salary, and earnings—as well as the dates and times you missed from work following your accident. Proper documentation is key to recovering the lost wage compensation you deserve via settlement or lawsuit.
Proving Lost Earning Capacity
Catastrophic and permanent injuries sometimes translate into lost earning capacity claims. If your ability to work has been reduced or lost entirely because of the injuries you sustained in the accident, you may be eligible to recover:
- The difference in salary after switching from your current work position to lighter duty work
- The difference in salary from having to move to a different position in your company
- The difference in salary from having to switch employers altogether
- The difference is salary from having to make a career change
- Disability compensation for your inability to work at all because of your injuries
- Compensation for future lost wages
Call a Gwinnett County Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Initial Case Evaluation
If you were in an accident where you sustained a catastrophic injury, you may have a claim for lost wages, in addition to other legal damages. The Gwinnett County catastrophic injury lawyers at Brauns Law may be able to help you make your claim for lost wages or lost earning capacity.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Gwinnett County catastrophic injury lawyer, please call us at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online today.