An automobile accident could leave someone suffering from injuries that leave them incapacitated. It could be weeks or months before the person recovers and gains lost mobility and physical capabilities. During that recovery period, the person could be out of work and unable to earn a living. Filing a lawsuit in a California courtroom may lead to recovering lost wages as part of the compensation settlement.
Accidents and lost wages
When someone suffers an injury in a car accident, they could seek compensation for medical expenses and related rehabilitation. They can also file a claim for damaged property resulting from the accident. Many people may claim such losses but often overlook missed wages as a legitimate claim.
If someone’s negligence results in another person’s inability to work or loss of earning capacity, the affected person may have a valid compensation claim. Someone who committed a reckless moving violation that caused the accident could be liable for all losses, including wages.
Further losses after an accident
The financial losses for motor vehicle accidents could have a ripple effect. That is, the financial strain may extend to the necessity of changing careers. An individual may have to undergo job training that comes with additional costs and other accident-related expenses. Furthermore, the person might have to accept a job that pays less than their original one because of lingering injuries.
Anyone claiming lost wages must provide the proof necessary to support such claims. Presenting the previous year’s tax records and demonstrating past earnings capacity relative to current financial situations would be an example of documentation. Receipts for job training and other expenses might be other evidence to present. The evidence could make a strong case for a reasonable settlement.