Yes. Illinois law allows a person injured in a motorcycle accident to recover their lost wages as an element of their economic damages. A wage loss claim can be presented during settlement negotiations with insurance companies or at trial.
Not only can you file a claim for the time and pay lost from work directly after your accident, you can also seek compensation for future time and wages lost if you are unable to return to your job for a significant amount of time. Many motorcyclists are severely injured in crashes and may have a long-term or even permanent inability to return to their same occupation, and consequently have a legal right to pursue compensation for their lost income from an at-fault party.
If you sustained significant injuries in a motorcycle crash and are unable to resume your former occupation, Illinois law allows you to present a claim for loss of earning capacity. For example, if you were a construction worker earning $65,000 per year and your injuries prevent you from returning to that profession but you are able to perform an office job making $30,000, Illinois law affords you the opportunity to recover the difference between the two salaries for the remainder of your working life.
If your injuries are so severe that they prevent you from engaging in any type of gainful employment, the law allows you to recover the income you would likely have earned over the course of your working life if the accident hadn’t happened.
Do You Need Help Making a Wage Loss Claim for Injuries Related to an Illinois Motorcycle Accident?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the uncertainty and anxiety experienced by motorcyclists and their families when accident-related injuries impair or destroy the ability to make a living. Our motorcycle accident law firm employs some of the nation’s leading vocational experts and economists to present to a court the most favorable wage loss claim for your situation. Contact our office today for a free review of your case and a frank discussion of the recovery available to you under Illinois law.