A personal injury accident can throw your whole life out of balance. A serious injury can lead to pain and suffering. It can also affect your family life and your employment. If you are not able to work after an accident this can lead to major stress. Many people worry about how they will get the income they need to support their families. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Compensation can include lost wages for the time you are unable to work.
Lost Wages in Washington D.C. Personal Injury Cases
If you were injured in an accident, you may have to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries. As part of a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff will seek damages, which are monetary awards designated to compensate the injured party for a loss. Damages may include compensation for physical damage to yourself and your property. However, damages can also include compensation for the financial consequences of your injury.
Compensatory damages are intended to restore the plaintiff, as much as possible, to the condition they were in before the injury. Compensatory damages can include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover the financial costs of an injury, including medical treatment and lost wages. They may also include past, present, and future expenses the plaintiff may incur.
Lost Wages Damages
Even after a minor injury, the plaintiff may miss out on a few days of work. For some workers, missing a few days of work can affect whether they will be able to pay their rent or buy food. However, a serious personal injury may result in weeks or months out of work, or even permanent disability. You should not have to pay the price for losing your income due to the recklessness or negligence of someone else. Seeking economic damages for lost wages is a way to make the responsible party pay for the time you are unable to work.
When making a claim for lost wages, the plaintiff will need to provide evidence which demonstrates that time off from work was related to the accident or injury. This may require providing medical records, pay stubs, or other communications with the employer. A claim for lost wages may include taking a half-day off of work to go to a doctor's appointment, or missing weeks at a time while in the hospital.
Many people are in the habit of throwing out bills, correspondence, or other paper records. However, after a personal injury accident, you may want to make sure you are saving all related records, documents, messages, and communications. Even if a note from your doctor may not seem that important, it may be important later on when trying to figure out which days you were unable to work.
Future Lost Wages
In addition to making a claim for lost wages after an accident, your injuries may affect your ability to work in the future. Many personal injury accidents result in chronic pain or a limited range of motion that make it difficult or impossible for people to return to their jobs. If you have sustained an injury that will impact your ability to work in the future, you may seek damages to recover for future lost wages.
Future Earning Capacity
If you suffered a serious injury, it may take a physical, mental and emotional toll on your ability to earn an income for years to come. Diminished earning capacity includes the financial loss of future income related to the injury, from a lower salary or reduced life expectancy. In addition to the other economic damages above, you may seek damages for the loss of future earning capacity.
Washington D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers
While some people may not want to file a lawsuit after an injury, it can be critical to maintaining your financial stability. Whether you lost a few days of work or are no longer able to work again, you deserve compensation for your injuries. An experienced D.C. personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the process and advise you on each step to take along the way. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to someone's negligence, please do not hesitate to call Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.