I was Unable to Work for Several Months Following my Car Accident; Can I Recover my Lost Wages?
Yes. If injuries you sustained in an Illinois car crash prevented you from performing the job you had at the time of the accident, you may recover your lost wages as part of your damages. In most cases, letters from your employer and physician as well as copies of your tax returns may be necessary to substantiate such a claim.
In circumstances where a person is so seriously injured in a car accident that they are unable to return to their previous employment indefinitely, future lost wages may also be claimed as an element of damages in an auto insurance claim or lawsuit.
How Your Lost Wages Are Established
If you are injured in a car accident and miss a specific period of time from your job, a wage loss verification form can be filled out by your employer which will confirm your lost income. If you are self-employed, your past pay statements or income tax returns can substantiate lost income.
Unfortunately for people seriously injured in some car accidents, the possibility of returning to their pre-accident employment is simply not feasible as a result of their new physical limitations. In these cases, your attorney may retain a vocational expert to determine what jobs your newly limited skill set allows you to do.
If you are capable of working, but not to the same capacity or in a profession where you earn less money, an economist can help ascertain your total amount of lost income over the course of your working life. The economist will calculate the amount of money needed in today's dollars to compensate you for that future lost income.
Let Our Firm Help You Recover Your Lost Wages Related to a Car Accident
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC regularly represents people seriously injured in vehicle accidents who have lost income or are unable to work. We partner with some of the leading experts in vocational training and economics who can help explain your loss to decision makers who will be evaluating your case. Contact our office today for a free consultation with a Chicago car accident injury attorney who can help you recover the compensation you deserve.