How Can You Prove Lost Wages After a Car Accident?

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After a serious car accident, there are many things that you need to worry about. You have to, first and foremost, get medical attention. You also have to worry about making sure that your job is covered or that you can take time off. If you are self-employed, then you need to speak directly with clients to make sure that you will not lose business because of the recovery time following the accident. You also need to work on family care, and eventually getting a new car – or fixing the one damaged in the accident.

On top of all of those worries, you are now dealing with insurance companies. Depending on how serious the accident, you may have the ability to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for all of your expenses.

Lost Wages is Part of Compensation from a Car Accident

With regard to expenses, you may realize that you need to get your medical bills covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance company or your own insurance company. You also know you should also get compensation for repairs to your car. However, did you know that you should also be covered for lost wages?

Indeed, if you are injured, particularly with broken bones or other injuries that make it difficult for you to move, your doctor will most likely order that you need to stay in the hospital or that you cannot go to work for a period of time.  Thus, if you miss work because of a car wreck caused by someone else, then you are legally entitled to receive compensation for lost wages.

In this article, we will discuss the types of lost wages, and what proof you can provide to support your claim for lost wages. If, after reading this blog, you have additional questions about your own situation, then we welcome you to contact the personal injury attorneys in Stuart, FL – Crary Buchanan. At Crary Buchanan, we are proud of our standard of excellence, which has allowed us to thrive as one of the oldest law firms on Florida’s Treasure Coast.  

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Categories of Lost Wages

There are actually three main types of lost wages.  

1. Past wages. As the name implies, past lost wages refer to the wages you did not receive from the time of the accident to the present.

2. Future wages. If you suffered injuries so traumatic that a doctor has concluded that you are unable to work at all in the future, then you are entitled to future lost wages.  

3. Diminished earning capacity. If you are able to go back to work, yet you cannot work at the level you could prior to the accident, then your compensation should cover the difference between your earning capacity before the accident compared to your earning capacity after the accident.

Proving Lost Wages

To obtain compensation for lost wages after a car accident, you need to provide some type of supporting documentation. Here are a few types of documentation to prove your lost wage damages:

1. A letter from your employer, indicating the number of wages you did not receive following the accident.
2. Tax returns and bank statements, which are particularly helpful for self-employed individuals who cannot obtain an employer letter.
3. Letters from clients, again for self-employed individuals.
4. Pay stubs or other evidence of past earnings.
5. For future lost wages, you can employ an expert who can testify to the number of wages you will lose in the future.

If You Are in a Serious Car Accident, Let the Personal Injury Attorneys in Stuart Help with Your Personal Injury Case

Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury and wrongful death in the nation. Many factors can contribute to a traffic accident, but as noted the primary reason is negligence. Drivers are negligent in a variety of ways. A driver who falls asleep may be considered negligent. When a careless driver causes an accident, you can pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

It doesn’t matter what type of injury you sustained. You have the right to seek compensation if another driver caused you injury – even if you were partially responsible for the accident.  Automobile and truck accident injuries can lead to a variety of expenses, and a personal injury claim can compensate you for these costs. Yet, you need the right legal advocate on your side to get full and fair compensation for your damages. If you or someone you love suffered and injury, speak with a Stuart, Martin County personal injury attorney from Crary Buchanan. We want to help you recover the money you need.

At Crary Buchanan, we are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in every aspect of personal injury law. You can depend upon our 85 years of experience in the Florida legal industry. 

Our legal team is passionate about maintaining the high standards of professionalism and legal service that were established and practiced by founding attorneys Evans Crary Sr. and Evans Crary Jr.  Evans Crary Sr. began his law practice in Stuart in 1927 at a time when Martin County was only two years old. He became a municipal judge at the age of 25 and served as County Attorney for 23 years. 

During his time as County Attorney, he was elected to represent Martin County in the Florida Legislature. In 1945 he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He served in the House for nine years and even served as Speaker of the House before he went on to become a member of the Florida Senate. Today, the Crary Buchanan law firm continues to practice the example of integrity, professionalism, energy, and devotion that was clearly illustrated in the lives of both Evans Crary Sr. and Evans Crary Jr.

Our clients are more than case numbers; they are people. We recognize that you are an individual with unique needs and expectations. Our team is here to meet your need and exceed your expectations. When you work with us, you can have confidence that a caring legal advocate is on your side.

If you have more questions or want dedicated personal injury lawyers in Stuart to help you, call 772-287-2600 or schedule a free consult online with our online contact form. You can always depend on Crary Buchanan for community, experience, and trust. Call today.