Personal injury law in Philadelphia recognizes that people who have been hurt in an accident are not just going to have medical bills to pay and property to repair: they are also going to face a long road to recovery that is going to make it difficult to make a living. When these professional repercussions are the result of an accident that you did not cause, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
The personal injury lawyer at Gilman & Bedigian in Philadelphia know this, and can legally represent you both inside the courtroom and outside of it, advocating on your behalf for the compensation that you need and deserve.
Your Legal Damages
There are a lot of ways that you can suffer at the hands of someone else's negligence. Whether it is a car accident, medical malpractice, or even a dog bite, the injuries that you can suffer are likely to have numerous different practical complications that can hurt you physically, emotionally, mentally, and even financially.
Legally speaking, these losses are called your legal damages. Once totaled up, you deserve to be compensated for all of them, and a personal injury lawsuit can help to make that happen.
Lost wages are a key component of your legal damages. The injuries that you can suffer in an accident can be serious enough that you can be out of work for weeks while you recover. Even after you are out of the hospital, follow-up doctor's appointments and physical therapy sessions can keep you off the clock. Even worse, many of the most severe injuries are temporarily or permanently debilitating, making it impossible to perform the duties required at your job.
All of these repercussions of the injuries you suffered in the accident can be dire for anyone who makes an income. Worse, it can have a drastic impact on the well-being of a victim's family, as well.
When the accident was not your fault, there is no reason why you should be the one to bear the costs of these repercussions. Because the professional losses that you have suffered from the accident are completely foreseeable and unavoidable for the victim, filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the wages that you lost.
Proving Lost Wages
Proving that you lost wages from the accident, though, is not always simple or easy. The insurance or personal injury defense lawyer is almost sure to challenge your claim that the injuries were so severe that you could not work while you recovered, or that they left you disabled. Therefore, proving that you were so seriously hurt that you were not able to work and that you did, in fact, lose wages because of your injuries often takes the following types of evidence:
- Pay stubs to prove income,
- Doctor's records and medical bills to show the care you needed,
- Tax returns from prior years to supplement the proof of income, and
- Statements from your employer or boss to show how much work you missed while you recovered.
Of course, this all presumes that you work on a salary. Less traditional forms of compensated employment – like freelancers, the self-employed, or workers who earn much of their income on a commission basis – often do not have “wages” that they lost. Personal injury law knows this and offers other forms of legal damages to recover, like your lost business opportunities or reduced ability to earn a living.
Future Wage Implications
In Philadelphia, personal injury lawsuits need to be filed within two years of the incident in order to comply with the state's statute of limitations. Unfortunately, the worst injuries that you can suffer in an accident in Philadelphia can cause injuries that take far longer than that to recover from.
Just because your injuries are so severe that the statute of limitations would expire before you can understand how much income you will have lost, though, does not mean that you are out of luck. Instead, the personal injury law in Philadelphia allows you to recover the wages that you stand to lose in the future, in addition to what you have already lost in the past.
Proving these future losses, though, is more complex. Instead of being able to point to past pay stubs or count the hours you missed at work and then multiply by your hourly wage, predicting your future wage loss involves a certain amount of estimation. Just because these wages are more difficult to determine, though, does not mean that it is not worth pursuing. In fact, if you were in line for a promotion at your job but the injury prevented that from happening, recovering compensation for your future wage loss can include the losses that came from that missed promotion.
Unfortunately, showing future wage loss often involves extensive testimony from your employer and supervisors – people who might still be sour over the fact that you missed so much time at work and put them in a difficult position. Regardless of how unfair this is – it is not like you wanted to miss work – the reality is that it can be an awkward conversation to have. Having a personal injury attorney at your side to explain the necessity of their statements and why it is needed can be essential for successfully proving that you stand to lose wages in the future, as well.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian
Some of the most overlooked aspects of an accident are the professional repercussions that it can have on the victims. Recovering from the injuries sustained from the accident can take time that would have been spent on the job, making money. Disabilities from the most severe injuries can prevent a victim from returning the workforce, or lead to a reduced wage that they would not have suffered were it not for the other person's negligence and the accident that it caused.
The personal injury lawyers at the Philadelphia law office of Gilman & Bedigian know this and strive to recover the wages you have lost in the accident. Contact us online for the legal representation you need.