Your personal injury accident will likely result in one or more injuries. And such injuries may inhibit you from returning to your job or overall returning to your field. This is when you may suffer from lost wages. Follow along to find out under what circumstances you might experience lost wages and how a proficient Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. can help you in recovering them.
Under what circumstances might I suffer from lost wages?
Usually, individuals with jobs that entail physical labor (i.e., construction workers, healthcare workers, etc) experience lost wages after an accident. However, individuals may also incur mental injuries after an accident (i.e., brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc), so even those with office jobs or the like can miss out on income.
With that being said, lost wages are usually claimed in wrongful death cases. That is, an individual who has lost a loved one in a wrongful death may argue that they were financially dependent on their loved one and that they are missing out on their anticipated income for years to come. Though, lost wages may be claimed in any type of personal injury case, whether it be an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, a defective product accident, a dog bite accident, or a workplace accident, among others.
How do I recover my lost wages?
When claiming lost wages in your personal injury lawsuit, you will have to satisfy your burden of proof. Meaning, you must prove that you have been missing out on income as a direct result of another party’s carelessness in your accident.
This may entail supplying a doctor’s note that overviews the severity of your injuries and how it inhibits you from performing certain tasks related to your job. This may also include a statement by your employer that overviews the days, weeks, months, or even years that you have had to miss from work.
What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim?
At the end of the day, you cannot recover your lost wages if you do not bring forward your personal injury claim on time. That is, there is a deadline, otherwise known as the statute of limitations, in the state of Florida for these types of claims. This deadline is typically four years from the date of your accident. However, if your case is a wrongful death claim, then you may only have two years from the date of your accident.
This does not even begin to cover the deadline you have for informing your employer about your injuries. For more information on this matter, reach out to a talented Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer as soon as possible.