Although many Orange County car accident victims and their families understand that they can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, many are unaware that they may also be entitled to compensation for lost income. In most cases, if your car accident injury directly caused you to miss work, you are entitled to recover your lost wages. Unfortunately, it’s rarely that simple.
Proving Lost Wages after an Orange County Car Accident
It seems like success, in most personal injury claims, really boils down to documentation, and it’s no different when it comes to claiming lost wages. You must be able to prove:
- That you missed work due to your car accident injuries. This will require documentation from both your doctor and your employer. Make sure that you seek medical treatment, follow your doctor’s guidance, inform your employer, and consult with an Anaheim accident attorney who can make sure you have all the paperwork you need for a successful claim.
- How much income you lost in your time away from work. Sometimes, this can be as simple as an official letter from your employer and your paystubs. However, if you are self-employed or work on commissions, you will likely need to provide more substantial evidence of the income you lost.
Unfortunately, it’s too easy for victims to make mistakes that jeopardize their personal injury claims after an accident. If you fail to carefully document the impact of your injuries, it will be more difficult to get the compensation you truly deserve.
Getting Experienced Help after You Are Hurt in an Orange County Car Accident
If you have missed work due to your injuries after an Orange County car accident, an Anaheim accident attorney can help you protect your rights and recover your lost wages. Even if you used vacation or sick time during your recovery, you may still be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance company for your time away from work. To learn more in a completely free and confidential case review, please reach out to Russell & Lazarus today at (949) 851-0222.