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 that you have stopped receiving through your job, due to the days that you have not been able to work because of the injuries you suffered, as well as the amount of salary that you won’t be getting during the time that you may need to be out of work in order to have a full recovery.
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.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove the amount of money that you receive in wages. The easiest way to do this is to submit a copy of your previous monthly checks or pay stubs. Through them, lawyers will be able to verify the amount that you receive for your work.
If, on the other hand, you work independently and/or have your own business, then you must present proof of what you normally earn in a month or a week, this can be done through account statements, invoices that you have given to your clients, or even your tax return.
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to file a personal injury claim, contact Vaziri Law Firm. We will help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Call us today!