How to prove lost wages in a car accident case?
Vaziri September 17, 2021

During a car accident, a person can suffer various types of injuries. Injuries can range from minor to much more severe, preventing the person from returning to work immediately and, in some cases, from ever returning to the same job.

Finding yourself injured and without a way to continue maintaining a paid job can be an extremely stressful situation. You see how things pile up, not only daily expenses such as rent, services, food, etc. but also bills and medical treatments, repairs to your car and other property that may have been damaged, etc.

One of the aspects that is important to consider when calculating the amount of compensation for damages is precisely the lost wages. These refer to the amount of salary you stop receiving through your job due to the days you cannot work because of the injuries you suffered and the time you need to recover.

Let’s take the example of a person who has a job as a forklift driver. This person was involved in an accident where he broke his leg and severely injured his neck. It is clear that he will not be able to drive a forklift immediately after the accident.

In this type of case, the victim must consider the number of hours he works in a workday (8 hours) and multiply it by his hourly wage, which in this case, we will consider to be $20 an hour. By multiplying 8 by 20, we get a result of $ 160 a day. Next, we will multiply this by the number of days he works during the week, and if we assume that this person works from Monday to Friday, that is, five days, then we will obtain a result of $800 per week ($ 160 x 5 days). In this way, we can calculate the weekly amount of salary that you are not receiving due to your accident.

An attorney can easily help you calculate not only this amount but also include medical expenses, repairs, pain, and suffering, etc., so you can receive the compensation you deserve. Therefore, having an experienced lawyer is crucial so that you can recover without having to worry about your financial situation being affected.