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Lost Wages After Car Accident

September 22, 2021

Sustaining an injury in a car accident can lead to significant setbacks. Not only do individuals have to worry about the physical pain and suffering related to the injuries, but they may not be able to work until they fully recover. The question is, will you be able to recover lost wages through an insurance settlement after a vehicle accident occurs? Here, we want to discuss how lost income fits into economic damages that are recoverable after a California car accident.

Lost Wages While Recovering

When it comes to lost wages after a vehicle accident, we are usually talking about the time frame between when the injury happens to when an individual is able to return to work after recovering from their injuries. There is no set timeline for this, as each car accident case in California is different. Sometimes, car accident victims may only miss a day or two of work. However, for severe car accident injuries, individuals can miss weeks, months, or even years of work. Regardless of how long a person takes to recover from their injuries, they should be able to secure compensation to replace their wages.

Wage Differential 

In some cases, individuals are able to return to work right away or at some point during their recovery, but they may not be able to work the same job. If a person is placed on light duty or on any other job assignment that results in them receiving less pay than they were earning before their injury, the injury victims should be able to recover compensation to make up for the difference between the previous wages and the current wages. That way, the injury victim is not losing out on any type of income caused by their injury.

Permanent Lost Wages

If a car accident injury is severe enough, it may be the case that the injured individual is permanently disabled. When this occurs, there are various ways for them to recover lost wages. In some cases, this may revolve around seeking permanent compensation for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, this process is arduous. Individuals should be able to receive lost wage compensation for extended periods of time as a result of a personal injury settlement or jury verdict while they are working to secure permanent disability benefits.

Proving Lost Wages After an Accident

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a vehicle accident and are unable to work, you need to speak to a skilled California personal injury attorney immediately. There are various types of evidence that should be gathered in order to help prove lost wages after a vehicle accident. Some of this evidence could include: 

  • Pay stubs
  • Tax returns
  • Bank statements
  • Letters from an employer

Proving lost wages can be more challenging for those who are self-employed or operate as independent contractors. These individuals may not be able to access proof of lost income as easily as those who have a full-time job in a normal employment situation. A skilled lawyer will be able to help individuals in these situations gather the evidence needed to prove lost income so they can secure the compensation they are entitled to.

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