How to Prove Future Lost Wages in a Personal Injury Case

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If you suffered an injury by someone else’s negligence in an accident, such as a traffic accident of any kind or a premises liability claim (like a slip and fall accident), you expect to face considerable losses related to medical expenses and your suffering.

You may not realize, however, how significant lost wages in personal injury claims can be. An experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney can help you assess your total damages and skillfully pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.

What Are Lost Wages?

If you suffered a severe injury by the negligence of someone else in a traffic accident or any other kind of mishap, you could face a lengthy recovery process. This may involve extensive rehabilitation in addition to all the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery and recovery
  • Treatment and care from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals

While you’re endeavoring to regain your health and well-being, you may blow through your sick leave and face a considerable financial burden in the form of lost wages, and this is where a lost wage claim comes in.

Losses for Which You May Be Entitled to Compensation 

If your injuries interfere with your ability to earn on the job, you can seek compensation for your current and expected future losses (or legal damages) related to all the following:

  • The income you were denied as a result of missing work during your recovery
  • Any overtime, bonuses, perks, or tips you missed out on as a result of the accident
  • The sick days, vacation time, or paid time off that you were forced to cash in on in response to the injury-causing accident
  • Any future losses you are expected to experience regarding your earning potential, including promotions, job advancement, pay raises, and more

If your earning capacity is decreased, it can lead to immense losses over the course of your lifetime. Further, if the career you’ve worked so hard to advance takes a hit, it can have both financial and emotional consequences.

Documenting Lost Earnings

To obtain the compensation to which you are entitled in a lost wage claim, you’ll need to prove the full scope of your losses. Generally, doing so is accomplished with a combination of the following sources:

  • W-2s from prior years that outline your recent earnings
  • Pay stubs from both before and after the injury-causing accident
  • Wage verification issued by your employer that highlights your typical wages, work hours, overtime pay, bonus structure, and days off

A comprehensive history of the course of your career – and its expected trajectory – is the surest way to demonstrate the degree of future wage losses you are likely to experience.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney

The trusted personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Steven M Krause PA focus their impressive practice on skillfully advancing the rights of clients like you, including in complicated wage loss claims.

Learn more about how we can help by contacting or calling us at 864-225-4000 today.



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