Compensation after a car accident is supposed to cover your financial losses. Therefore, if the injuries you suffered in a crash caused by a negligent driver prevent you from attending to your regular work duties, you can recover the wages lost as part of your settlement.
However, like with all other damages, you need to justify the lost wages you claim by providing relevant evidence. Here is what you should know.
Proving lost damages in a car accident claim
The first thing you need is medical evidence. It must be established that the injuries that impede your physical or mental ability to work arose from the accident and were not pre-existing. Medical records can help prove the cause of your injuries and their extent.
For instance, if you cannot work due to a fractured spine, it helps to provide medical documentation such as x-rays or CT scans that show your injuries rather than relying on word of mouth.
Secondly, you need to provide supporting financial records to justify the amount you lost in wages. A letter from your employer constraining your employment information, recent pay stubs, bank statements and tax records can all help prove your losses. It is worth noting that you do not have to be in formal employment to claim lost wages.
Make the most of your car accident claim
You may be able to claim a raft of damages beyond lost wages with your car accident claim. Therefore, it is advisable to have legal guidance to help you understand the damages you are entitled to and your legal rights. That can help you increase your chances of getting a fair settlement that will compensate you for your losses and harm.