Yes. If injuries sustained in a Chicago car accident prevented you from working in the position you had at the time of the incident, you may recover lost wages as an element of damages. In most cases, letters from an employer and physician as well as copies of your tax returns may be necessary in order to substantiate such a claim.
In circumstances where a person is so significantly injured that they cannot return back to their pre-injury employment, future wage loss may also be claimed as an element of damages in a car insurance claim or lawsuit.How We Establish Your Lost Wages
In the case of someone injured in a car accident who misses a specific period if time from your job, we will likely send a wage loss verification to your employer to complete and return to our office. In a situation where a client is self-employed we frequently rely on past wage statements or income tax returns to substantiate a wage loss.
Unfortunately for people seriously injured in some car accidents, the possibility of returning to their pre-accident employment is simply not feasible due to physical restrictions. In these cases, we may hire a vocational counselor to evaluate our client and determine what jobs his or her skill set allows for them to do.
If the person is capable of working, but not to the same capacity or in a profession where they make less money, we may retain an economist to help ascertain the amount of the lost wages over the course of their working life. The economist will then set forth the amount of money needed in today’s dollars to provide for that future lost income.
In situations were a person is incapacitated from injuries sustained in a car crash, Illinois law does allow them to pursue a wage loss claim for the full amount of their future lost income.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly represents people seriously injured in accidents who have lost income or are unable to work. We have connections with some of the leading experts in vocational training and economics who can help convey your loss to decision makers who will be evaluating your case. Contact our office today for a free consultation with an attorney who can help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
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