How much lost income can I recover after a car accident?

Man With Empty Pockets After a Car WreckIf another driver caused your auto crash, you are entitled to compensation for the wages you lost while you were off work recovering from your injuries, as well as your medical expenses and pain and suffering under Virginia law. Your lost income claim may include much more than just your wages.

Types of Lost Income Damages You Should Receive in Your Car Accident Settlement

You may be entitled to lost wages not only if you work full-time at a regular job, but also if you are a part-time worker, contract worker, seasonal worker, or are self-employed. Here are the types of lost income compensation you may be able to receive:

  • Lost Wages. You are entitled to your past and future lost wages as part of your settlement.
  • Lost sick and vacation time. You should be reimbursed for any sick time or vacation time you used at your job while you recovered from your injuries. Like lost wages, you can ask for past and future time that is lost.
  • Lost perks and opportunities. If you are paid commissions, bonuses, or other perks of your job that you lost due to your car crash, you should receive these amounts in your settlement. You may also be compensated for lost opportunities, such as a promotion or raise at work.
  • Lost earning capacity. If your injuries are serious enough, you may have to find a different type of job that pays less or may not be able to work at all. In this situation, you may be entitled to your lost earning capacity. Determining the value of this part of your claim can be extremely complicated, and you need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to calculate this.

Documenting Your Lost Wage Claim

You will have the burden of proving the amount of lost income you should receive. Some of the evidence that can help you do this includes:

  • Copies of your paystubs
  • Copies of your income tax returns
  • Letter or testimony by your employer
  • Expert witness testimony, such as from an economic expert or physician

If a negligent driver caused your car accident in Norfolk, our skilled and dedicated lawyers can determine all the compensation you should receive in your settlement and fight to ensure that you receive it. To get started, fill out the online form on our website to schedule your free confidential consultation.