Getting your money back: what to expect from lost wage claims in a personal injury lawsuit

Law Offices of Steven Zwick
Mar 01 2019

Personal injury lawsuits are not uncommon in America. From slip and fall accidents (which account for approximately 25% of all injury claims) to medical malpractice to car accidents, a lot of people get hurt each year. The first step is always to find a personal injury lawyer to defend your case; however, if you’re forced to miss work due to your recovery, you may be entitled to wages that were lost as a result of the injury. Let’s go through the process.

Calculations And Estimations

Your personal injury attorney will figure out how much money you’re missing out on in the short term with basic math. By multiplying the number of days you went unpaid by the amount of money you would have earned had you been working, your attorney will arrive at a reasonable number.

Long term situations are more complicated because of much partial or total disability costs vary so greatly from person to person and case to case. Some firms will hire an economist and an occupational specialist to create projections that take into account potential promotions and inflation-based living costs. Since you need coverage for a lifetime, retirement costs are factored in as well.

Making Your Case

Unfortunately, not all insurance claims adjusters or civil trial juries agree that lost wages should be reimbursed — numbers matter, but they often fail to impress. Even if you make some headway, you might be challenged by defense teams or insurance companies that calculated their own sums, resulting in different final amounts.

In these cases, it’s up to your attorney to prove why you deserve the number originally posited. If you live in southern California, for example, your southern California personal injury attorneys will use medical evidence to support the claim, as well as the qualifications of the experts who calculated the original amount. You and your family members may be asked to take the stand to explain how your life has changed in the wake of your accident. If all goes well, you’ll be able to continue life and make a full recovery, both physically and financially.

Contact Zwick Law at 949-446-1376 for the best southern California personal injury attorneys available.