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Recouping lost wages after a motor vehicle wreck

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2023 | Personal Injury

You may miss work for several days or weeks if you get hurt in a South Carolina or Georgia car crash. In such a scenario, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages from the other driver or parties who may have contributed to your accident injuries.

Obtaining compensation

To obtain compensation in a car accident case, you must first show that your injuries were caused by another person or entity’s negligence. In your case, one possible cause for driver negligence is if the other driver was impaired at the time of the accident. A poorly maintained road could make a government agency liable for damage from a wreck. You can use photos, video footage, or other evidence to prove that you were the victim of another party’s reckless behavior.

Calculating lost wages

To calculate lost wages in a motor vehicle accident case, multiply your hourly wage by the number of hours lost because of injury. For instance, let’s assume that you lost 40 hours at work at a rate of $10 an hour. Ultimately, you would be entitled to $400 in damages.

If you are salaried, you would divide the number of days you missed by your annual salary. Assuming an individual works 250 days a year and earns a yearly salary of $50,000, their daily pay would be $200. If you missed five days of work recovering from accident injuries, you could be entitled to up to $1,000. It’s worth noting that you may be required to use paid time off (PTO) or other resources before seeking compensation from a defendant.

If you suffer a personal injury, you may be eligible to receive lost wages compensation. You have a two-year window from your accident to file a lawsuit. However, there is no time limit to settle your claim.
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