When you have been injured in the workplace or in an accident on the roadways, you may want to bring a personal injury claim for compensation. One thing that you may choose to include in your personal injury case are lost wages, which come from missing work due to your injury. While you are recovering, you may be entitled to earnings that you would have made in the workplace. However, you must be able to prove that you are owed these wages – through showing that you were actually injured, your pay, and your normal work hours that you cannot complete as expected now. We will help you understand what you must prove and some useful tips in your specific case.
Proving Lost Wages
To prove your case, documentation is a must – just as with any personal injury claim. You should receive a letter from your employer showing how much time you took off, how much you make hourly, and how many hours you work a week. It may be difficult to determine the number of hours you missed from work, so show your normal work schedule as you know it and calculate an average based on how much work you missed. You can also show how much you missed out on for overtime. If you are a salaried employee, you may need to take a different path by dividing your annual salary by the number of hours you work and calculating the number of hours you missed by multiplying the days by hours. Your attorney will walk you through this process, as it is complicated and easy to make mistakes.
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Tips to Keep in Mind
There are some things to consider that you may not think of the first time through. For instance, you should always include money that reflects a promotion or wage increase. Perhaps you were due for a promotion but your accident kept you from doing so – this should be noted to go toward your lost wages compensation. You should also try to include lost commissions on sales, bonuses, fringe benefits that you lost, and pension benefits you lost.
An attorney can help you through the entirety of this complicated process. We have the skills to lay out information on your future income and the proof of your losses overall. We have experience handling cases that include lost wages and can help you get the compensation you deserve, so call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more information.