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How to File a Wage Loss Claim After a Car Accident in California

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Chuck Geerhart
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After missing work due to a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages.

Car accidents often leave victims facing severe injuries that leave them unable to work.

Permanent injuries may leave you unable to perform the same job you had before—or even work at all. 

If you lost wages due to a car accident, you may wonder how to recover these losses.

Contact the California personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Chuck Geerhart to discuss how to recover your lost wages. 

What Are Lost Wages?

In California, lost wages define all amounts someone earned from work had they not been injured.

Lost wages include the following: 

  • Regular pay–including hourly or salary,
  • Overtime pay, 
  • Vacation days,
  • Personal days, and
  • Sick days.

Those employed by a company may find it easier to recover compensation for lost wages because there may be more evidence to support the claim.

Unfortunately, self-employed workers or those working on a contract basis may find it more difficult to prove lost wages.

Self-employed workers must maintain their own records and may receive less predictable wages than others.

However, this does not mean your case is hopeless. Speak with an attorney to explore your options. 

Will Car Insurance Pay for Missed Work?

When missing work due to a car accident, you may only get compensation if you show the following:

  • You were in a car accident,
  • Someone else is at fault, 
  • You suffered injuries.

Unfortunately, insurance companies may aggressively deny you compensation for lost wages.

Without an attorney fighting for your rights, you may lose out on getting the vital compensation to which you’re entitled.  

Pursuing a Lost Wages Claim 

Proving lost wages requires extensive proof. Maintain all records related to your employment, including the following:

  • Past tax returns, 
  • Past paychecks, 
  • W-2’s,
  • Employer vacation and sick day policy, and 
  • Documentation proving missed work.

Upon reviewing your case, your personal injury attorney may ask you to provide additional information to support your claim.

When it comes to proving financial losses, tangible evidence best supports this type of claim. Therefore, maintain all records—even if you think it’s unimportant. 

How Are Lost Wages Calculated?

A calculation of lost wages depends on the particular facts of a case. Your attorney may consider the following questions when determining the lost wages you may be entitled to receive, including: 

  • How much work did you miss? 
  • What type of benefits did you miss out on while recovering from your injuries? 
  • Is your ability to earn future income affected by your injury?

Once a settlement is finalized, you can never recover additional damages related to your accident.

Your personal injury attorney negotiates with the insurance company to ensure you don’t accept a settlement offer that fails to compensate you for your lost wages. 

Contact Us 

When you choose Chuck Geerhart, you decide to be represented by one of the finest trial lawyers in California.

With over thirty years of experience in personal injury law, Chuck works tirelessly to achieve positive outcomes for all his clients. 

You need a legal advocate on your side to assist you when you suffer lost wages due to a car accident.

Contact the team at The Law Office of Chuck Geerhart today for a free consultation. 

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