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People hurt by the negligence of another person have a right to seek compensation for their injuries. The legal system provides relief not only for physical harm but psychological and financial costs as well. Since 1997, Atlanta injury attorney Terrence R. Bethune has helped people pursue compensation for wages lost due to injury. If an accident has cost you money, you may be entitled to damages.
Victims of Negligence May Seek Compensation for Lost Wages
An accident victim may file a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for causing the accident. In most cases, the victim will argue that the defendant was negligent, which means that the victim must prove four things:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty, usually the duty of reasonable care;
- The defendant breached the duty;
- The breach caused the victim’s injuries; and
- The victim suffered damages as a result of the injuries.
Many car or truck crash victims file negligence cases to seek compensation for their injuries. The victim in a truck accident case, for example, would start by proving that the commercial driver or company owed the victim a duty of reasonable care. Almost all truck drivers owe this duty to the people with whom they share the road. A truck driver who drives unsafely or in an exhausted condition has breached the duty. Similarly, trucking companies must use reasonable care when loading and maintaining their trucks as well as when training their drivers. A victim might establish causation by showing that the truck driver’s careless swinging turn or lack of training resulted in a collision with the victim’s car.
Finally, the victim will need to submit evidence to prove his or her injuries, whether physical, emotional, or financial. To recover money for lost wages from missed work, the victim must prove that he or she was unable to work for a certain period because of the accident. The victim also must show how much money he or she would have earned in that period.
Lost Wages Are Recoverable Damages
In addition to medical expenses and emotional distress, victims may collect money to offset lost wages. For people who earn a straight salary, computing and submitting evidence to prove the amount of lost wages is relatively straightforward. For people who are paid by other criteria, such as by earning tips, based on productivity, or hourly, these damages may be more complicated to calculate.
Georgia law also allows victims to collect other forms of compensation they would have earned but for their injuries. This may include pension, retirement matching, or other benefits. An attorney can help you determine the extent of your lost wages. In some cases it may be necessary to hire an expert economist to calculate the full value of your missed work, especially in the case of a permanent disability.
An Experienced Atlanta Attorney Can Help You Pursue Compensation
Georgia residents injured by someone else’s negligence are entitled to damages that make them whole. Lost wages are included in the damages that these victims may seek. Atlanta personal injury lawyer Terrence R. Bethune can help you seek money for the time you missed work. Call (404) 875-7800 or use our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.