If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Atlanta and you’ve been unable to work any number of hours as a result of the accident, you may be able to receive compensation for lost wages.
What are lost wages?
When it comes to car accidents, lost wages are defined as any money you would’ve earned from the time of the accident up until the settlement of your case. The wages must have been lost as a result of the accident. Lost wages can sometimes be referred to as “back pay” or “back wages” depending where you are from.
In most cases, lost wages happen due to an injury that is keeping a person from returning to work or performing their job properly. Injuries can be physical or mental, such as emotional distress, broken bones, or brain injuries. Additionally, if a parent has to miss any work to take a child to a medical or mental health care provider as a result of the accident, this is also included and can be recovered.
Lost Wages: What Qualifies
Many injuries that lead to lost wages, and while most of them are physical injuries, mental injuries also qualify. Qualifying injuries can derive from the accident alone or a pre-existing injury that becomes worse as a result of the accident.
There are many types of lost wages that you can claim reimbursement for as a result of the injury or injuries you’ve sustained from the accident, including:
- Hourly wages
- Sick days
- Vacation days
- Company perks
- Tips (if regularly reported)
Working closely with your lawyer, you’ll need to get documentation of the total amount of the wages you’ve lost as a result of an accident. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to work with your accountant and your historical records to provide an accurate amount of the wages you’ve lost.
Getting Compensation for Lost Wages
In order to get compensated for lost wages, you must prove that you weren’t able to work due to an injury from the car accident. For parents, you need proof that you lost wages due to having to take an injured, dependent person to a health care provider.
To get reimbursement, you will need to fill out an employment verification form, a lost wages claim form, and a disability verification claim form. You also must provide proof of income. Be sure to gather all available evidence of the injury, including appointments, treatments, documented symptoms, and beyond. The more evidence, the stronger your case will be.
For injured dependent appointments that resulted in missed work, you must provide documentation of the visits, in addition to the necessary claim forms.
What about loss of earning capacity?
In some cases, you can sustain permanent or long-lasting injuries that result in an inability to return to work indefinitely. Others find they’re left with an inability to earn the same amount of money as before the accident. In these cases, you may be able to claim a loss of earning capacity.
A loss of earning capacity claim is more complex to prove but can be done with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer.
Get Help Recovering Compensation for Lost Wages Today
Mike Rafi is the lawyer you need to get all of the reimbursement you are owed by law for lost wages after a car accident. Mike has helped recover $31 million for his clients as a dedicated, trustworthy car accident lawyer in Atlanta. Rafi Law Firm is the team that will fight for justice on your behalf.
Get your free case evaluation by calling Mike at 404-948-3311 or sending a message through our online form now!