When you sustain an injury outside of work, it can create significant issues. If unable to work due to your injuries, you may experience extreme financial stress. Not only do you have to take time off to heal but you’ll likely have doctor’s bills to pay. However, if you’re pursuing a personal injury claim, you’ll potentially be able to recover the lost wages you’ve endured. Keep reading to learn more about how this is possible with the help of Houston personal injury attorneys.
What Are Lost Wages and How Are They Calculated?
When you are out of work for a period of time due to injuries sustained in a car accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of personal injury incident, you may be unable to work until the injury heals. While a broken leg may not stop a desk worker from completing their duties, it would keep a landscaper off their feet. Similarly, a concussion or other head injury can make it challenging for anyone to effectively complete their duties.
As a result, an injured party may sue for lost wages in a personal injury case. Generally, these damages are calculated by looking at how much an employee works, their wages, and any other factors influencing how much they make each paycheck.
Generally, it’s easier to calculate past lost wages than future lost wages. Unfortunately, calculating future lost income is very subjective, meaning the court will consider your age, earning capacity, and whether or not you may return to work in another job ever again.
How Can I Prove My Injuries Prevent Me From Working?
When you sue for injuries caused by another party, it is very likely that the defendant’s legal team will do everything possible to prove that the injuries you’ve sustained are not severe and should not keep you out of work. This is not only frustrating but it can impact your ability to receive the relief you are entitled to.
The most important thing you can do to prove the severity of your injury is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. These legal professionals have the necessary experience to help dispute the defense’s claims.
Similarly, they may also be able to secure testimony from doctors and other healthcare professionals that can highlight the severity of the injury you’re enduring and why it’s imperative that you heal fully before returning to the workplace. In extreme instances, they can explain why your injury is now chronic and prevents you from ever going back to work.
When you’ve been hurt, we can help. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to fight for the compensation you deserve when you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you through this challenging time.