The aftermath of a car accident extends far beyond the initial period of treatment and recovery from your injuries during the first days and weeks. Often the accident has far-reaching or long-term consequences not only for your physical injuries but also for your family’s economic well-being. With medical bills coming in and missed paychecks impacting your budget, you might be thinking about how to recover the income you’ve lost due to your accident, especially when it’s the fault of someone else.
How can you recover your lost wages after a car accident? Fortunately, Washington law provides legal recourse for accident victims to gain compensation for the income they’ve lost due to injuries, treatment, and recovery time after an accident.
The economic impacts of an accident can quickly snowball under the combination of mounting medical bills and missed work days. By filing an accident claim against the party responsible for your accident you can gain compensation for the following damages:
By filing a claim against the party at fault in an accident, you can recover your lost income as well as medical costs and compensation for the pain and anguish caused by the accident. A Seattle auto accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to craft a compelling legal case proving liability on the part of the at-fault party and showing proof of the economic damages you’ve suffered, including lost wages.
For employees who earn an hourly rate, calculating and proving lost wages is fairly easy. You and your attorney will need to gather proof of your income such as recent pay stubs and your tax documents. A statement from an employer detailing your missed hours proves your lost earnings. By multiplying your hourly income by the number of hours you missed you’ll arrive at a total.
Salaried employees should first find their average hourly rate by dividing their annual pay by the number of their work hours in a year. Then calculate missed pay by multiplying that amount by the number of hours you’ve missed. Accident victims should also determine any amount they’ve missed in benefits, bonuses, commissions, and any other lost income.
Future lost income for injury victims facing surgery, physical therapy, or ongoing procedures and treatments can be shown through medical expert testimony, doctor statements, and the victim’s employer.
Washington’s system of comparative negligence for accidents means it matters which party was at fault. Proving fault not only requires evidence of how the car accident occurred but also requires meeting the legal requirements for liability in Washington. This leaves the plaintiff with the burden of proving the following:
Once this burden of proof is met, the injury victim is entitled to full compensation for their damages including their lost wages, typically paid by the insurance company of the at-fault victim.
The Fang Law Firm offers 100% remote and contactless meetings & representation.