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Claiming lost wages in a personal injury claim

Should you suffer injuries that prevent you from working for any length of time, you can include those wages in your claim for compensation from the liable party. Usually, the scope of such a claim covers both present and future wages, as discussed below.

Your current wages and benefits are what you have been earning. But, you could be earning much more in the future, given your potential for growth and career progression possibilities. All these should be taken into account, especially if the injuries you suffered alter your life significantly.

Proving lost wages

To claim lost wages, you first need medical evidence of your inability to continue working due to the injuries sustained. A doctor’s report on the extent of your injuries can prove that you cannot carry out your usual duties.

Afterward, you should provide evidence of your current earnings. These include your salary, benefit and job perks, among others. Bank statements or a letter from your employer can help shed light on that. Your lost wages will span the period you stayed out of work during your recovery.

Calculating future lost wages is not as straightforward since it depends on many factors. Your present wages, qualifications and age are some considerations factored in when calculating your potential future earnings. Claims of future lost earnings usually end involving expert witness testimony.

Getting the compensation you deserve

Getting what you deserve after an accident that wasn’t your fault can be difficult. Obtaining the proper help in handling your claim can increase the chances of a positive outcome.

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