When most people suffer a serious personal injury, their initial worry is about paying for their medical bills. But have you considered how much money you could lose if your injury prevents you from earning a living, especially in an expensive city like San Diego? Your paychecks are vital for you and your family’s survival. Therefore, you should do everything you can to make sure your family is okay by filing a personal injury claim to recover your lost wages. An experienced personal injury lawyer in San Diego can help you in your endeavors.
We Know the Best Way to Claim for Lost Wages
If you want to make a claim for loss of earnings, it helps to keep track of things on your end. It just makes a claim for your lost wages that much easier when you have documented proof of exactly how much money you lost. You should keep track of two things:
1. The amount of time you miss at work.
2. How much money you would’ve made if you were able to work.
When it comes to documentation, pay stubs or employer documentation are the best methods for accuracy. Loss of earnings claims tend to require more documentation — as well as expert opinion in some cases — but you can really help your cause by being prepared. Our San Diego law firm will take care of the rest.
You Can Still Recover Lost Earnings after Workers Compensation
Since worker’s compensation usually only covers a portion of your normal wages, you can seek the full value of your lost earnings in your personal injury claim. If you unable to earn a living permanently, we can file a claim for what is known as loss of earning capacity. Loss of earning capacity can be very important in personal injury claims with permanent injuries. Earning capacity is defined as your ability to work both at the time of whatever caused your injury and the future. If your injuries reduce or eliminate your earning capacity then you should be eligible to receive compensation for your diminished earning capacity.
If you — as client of our San Diego law firm — were severely injured in an auto accident, our personal injury attorneys will talk to your doctor or an expert to determine what percentage of your earning ability was reduced by the injuries in the car accident. Once that percentage is calculated, we will try work that figure into your personal injury settlement.
We Seek Compensation for All Damages
In addition to your lost wages, you may also suffer emotional damages and property damage. We will also work to make sure that you don’t have to pay for medical bills after an injury that wasn’t your fault.
Call Us Now to Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement
Since 1992, our San Diego law office has been helping people through difficult times. Our firm’s founder, Michael Pines, is a former insurance company lawyer, so he knows how the insurance companies work. We don’t think you should have to worry about fighting insurance companies or even recovering what you lost. That’s what we’re here for: To help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.
If you unable to work because of an injury you didn’t cause then we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover money on your behalf.