Posted in Car Accidents on September 3, 2021
A car accident can disrupt many aspects of a victim’s life, including their ability to perform their job responsibilities while you recover or in the future. If another party was responsible for your accident, they are responsible for these damages.
Read on to learn more about securing recovery for lost wages after a car accident in Louisiana.
The first step to recovering for lost wages is proving that another party’s negligent or willful action caused the accident. Negligence is any action outside a normal standard of care that would be exercised by similarly situated individuals.
Consider each of the following parties for liability:
Be sure to secure a police report after the accident. The report will include important evidence for establishing liability, including photos of the accident scene, witness accounts and contact information, and any traffic citations issued to any party involved in the accident. If you can’t get a police report, document as much of the accident scene as possible.
Your lawyer will assess the circumstances of the accident and work with you to build a case against the responsible party.
A negligent party is responsible for all the injuries caused by their negligent actions. Common damages after a car accident include medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. The defendant is also responsible if you are forced to miss work now or in the future because of your injuries.
There are two main categories of damages tied to the inability to perform work duties:
Even if you were not working prior to the accident, you should still consider recovery for lost earning capacity. If you can prove that you planned to return to work at some point but would no longer be able to do so, you could be entitled to recover for lost earning capacity.
Your lawyer will work with you to prepare a comprehensive damages demand, including lost wage and lost earning capacity damages. You will need to provide your lawyer a variety of documents to prepare and substantiate your claim, including medical records, paystubs, W-2 forms, and tax returns. Depending on the complexity of your case, it might be necessary to work with an economist.
Most car accident claims are resolved through settlement with either the defendant or the insurance provider. While settlement is expeditious and provides guaranteed recovery, do not settle for less than your case is worth. Your attorney will assess the settlement offer against the strength of your case and extent of your injuries.
A lawyer will be an important part as you prepare your damages demand after a car accident, especially if you are seeking complicated damages like lost earning capacity. Your lawyer will assist you with:
The lawyers at John W. Redmann LLC are committed to assisting our clients secure the recovery they deserve. We understand that each case is unique, and we work with our clients to understand the details of their case and their goals for recovery. Our team has the knowledge and experience to represent a client’s interests and the tenacity to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve, including for lost wages and lost earning capacity.
If you or a loved one was forced to miss work or will miss work in the future because of injuries caused by a car accident in Louisiana, contact our team today at (504) 500-5000 or through our website to schedule a free consultation.