Who Pays for Lost Wages After a Car Accident?

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A car accident can change your life in an instant. You have to deal with injuries, medical treatments, and getting your vehicle repaired or replaced. If your injuries are severe or you have medical appointments to attend, you will likely miss some time at work. On top of the added expenses of a car accident, you now have additional bills to worry about. How can you pay them if you are losing wages because your injuries keep you from working?

The good news is that you can recover your lost wages in your injury claim. A seasoned car accident attorney can help you recover lost wages as well as other damages resulting from your car accident injuries.

Car Accident Liability

Your car accident lawyer will examine all the facts and details in your case. With this information, they can determine who is liable or legally responsible for your damages. Sometimes it’s another driver, the manufacturer or a vehicle or its parts, or even a municipality. No matter who it is, if your injury resulted from their negligent actions, you have the right to compensation from them. Typically, it’s their insurance company that will provide you with compensation.  

Your attorney will need to prove that:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care—such as yielding the right-of-way or maintaining a traffic light
  • They violated their duty of care
  • Their violation caused your accident and injuries
  • Your injuries led to your damages

Compensation for Your Lost Wages

Lost wages are a type of damage or loss caused by the accident. The at-fault party or their insurance company needs to pay for your damages. You are entitled to reimbursement for the hours you missed at work while you were recovering from your accident and while you were attending necessary medical appointments. Your auto collision lawyer will help you calculate what you should receive for your lost wages and include them in your damages claim. Depending on your employment status, you will need to provide one or more of the following:

  • Pay stubs
  • Information from your employer’s human resources department
  • Tax information
  • Profit and loss statements
  • Invoices

Unfortunately, it’s often not as simple as it seems. Ideally, you should be able to submit a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company and receive what you deserve for compensation. However, keep in mind that insurance companies are in business to make money. If they paid everyone like this, they couldn’t make as much money. Instead, they find reasons to deny, delay, or devalue your claim. You need a skilled lawyer by your side to negotiate a fair settlement, including monies for your lost wages.

Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Consultation

If you are worried about receiving compensation for your lost wages or other damages, we are here to help. Our experienced attorneys know how to hold insurance companies accountable. We aren’t afraid to take your case to court if need be. Contact us online at www.salampc.com or [email protected] to schedule your free consultation today. Our lawyers are licensed to practice in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, and Washington D.C.


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