How Do I Collect Lost Wages After a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries that may require you to miss work for days, weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes, accident victims find themselves unable to return to the career they previously enjoyed due to injuries stemming from the truck accident.
Employees who are unable to return to work for any length of time will experience significant financial repercussions, finding themselves unable to pay vital bills and facing financial strain due to lost income. For these individuals, it is crucial to obtain compensation for their lost wages due to the accident.
Lost Wages Are Commonly Sought in Truck Accident Cases
If you are involved in a truck accident, you will be allowed to seek compensation for any lost wages resulting from the accident. For instance, if you broke your leg and were thus prevented from performing your job, you may be entitled to compensation for the wages you would have received had your leg not been broken and you were able to work.
Many Victims Seek Lost Earning Capacity in Addition to Lost Wages
If you are involved in a truck accident that causes long lasting or permanent disability and your ability to earn money in the future is impacted, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your lost earning potential. Even if you can still work, you can recover if the disability prevents you from obtaining a higher paying job that you would likely have sought if not injured.
Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury Will Count
To recover lost wages or lost earning capacity, you will need to demonstrate that the truck accident was the direct cause of the injury that prevented you from working. However, this does not meant that pre-existing conditions exclude you from compensation.
If the accident worsened a pre-existing injury, making it so that you cannot work or work at the same level as before the accident, you can still recover the full amount of your lost wages or earning capacity.
Provide Reasonable Proof
To win compensation for your lost wages, you will need to establish what your wages were. A recent paycheck will generally serve as ample evidence. If you are self-employed, you may need to provide other proof of what you earn. This could include invoices from the same period during the previous year. You can often also recover for lost tips or other non-salary income if you have evidence of such pay.
Lost earning capacity can be more complex to prove, as it requires a degree of speculation. A financial or economic expert can assist in reaching a dollar figure as to your lost earning capacity by assessing previous paychecks, your line of work, your experience, the severity of your injury, and the like.
Experienced Representation To Seek Compensation For Your Lost Wages
Missing time from work due to a truck accident can impact your finances and your employment future. If you have been injured in a truck accident that required you miss work, the truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group can assist in obtaining full coverage for your lost wages.
We understand the complex procedures involved in seeking reimbursement for lost wages and will fight to see that your family recovers this important sum in a personal injury lawsuit. Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our exceptional truck accident attorneys at one of our many offices nationwide.