If you were injured in a West Palm Beach car accident, it may be weeks or even months before you're able to work. The loss of income can make your recovery difficult. It's hard to focus on getting well when you need money to pay the bills.
Your West Palm Beach auto accident attorney may have told you that you are eligible for compensation for your lost wages. However, receiving these lost wages requires proof that the injury caused you to miss work.
Here are three pieces of evidence that are generally needed to claim lost income:
- A statement from your employer: The statement from your employer should include the amount of time you missed from work due to your injury and the amount you would have earned if you had you been working. Your employer should also note if you went back to work but are working fewer hours, or if you are working in a position that pays you less than before the accident.
- A medical evaluation: The medical evaluation must be written by your doctor. It should include a report of your injuries, the details of any past or on-going treatment, and a discussion of your ability to work. The doctor should note for how long you were unable to work after the accident and when (if ever) you will be able to return to your previous employment.
- A wage report: Your West Palm Beach auto accident attorney can help you use your past earnings to calculate a fair amount to report for lost wages. This may be challenging, if you have irregular income, work for tips, or are self-employed.
To learn more about compensation for West Palm Beach accident injuries, request a free copy of Palm Beach car accident lawyer David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.