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How to Include Lost Wages in a Personal Injury Claim

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Suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence can create significant financial hardship as you deal with medical costs and additional expenses in every area of your life, often while out of work for the short or long-term, or even permanently. Among the innumerable financial burdens imposed on you, lost wages often represent a substantial portion of the economic impact. At Gilbert Adams Law Offices, we understand the importance of recovering lost wages to ensure you and your family can maintain financial stability during your recovery and beyond. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to include lost wages in a personal injury claim. For help after a Texas car crash, workplace machinery malfunction, industrial explosion or other serious personal injury, contact Gilbert Adams Law Offices for help from an experienced and successful Beaumont personal injury lawyer.

Understanding Lost Wages in Personal Injury Claims

An injury can cause you to miss work for days, weeks, months or years. Some injuries can even be permanently disabling and keep you from working at your old job or any employment at all. Texas personal injury law recognizes the liability of the negligent party to compensate you for these losses.

Lost wages refer to all the income you would have earned if you had not been injured. This encompasses:

  • Regular Earnings: Your usual salary or hourly wages.
  • Overtime: Any overtime you would have worked.
  • Bonuses and Commissions: Potential earnings from bonuses and commissions.
  • Benefits: Lost benefits like health insurance, retirement contributions, and more.
  • Promotions and Raises: Any missed opportunities for promotions or raises due to the injury.

Steps to Include Lost Wages in Your Personal Injury Claim

1. Document Your Income

Accurate documentation of your income before the injury is crucial. Gather the following:

  • Pay Stubs: These provide clear evidence of your regular earnings and any overtime.
  • Tax Returns: These show your annual income, including bonuses and commissions.
  • Bank Statements: These can support your claims of regular deposits from your employer.

2. Obtain a Doctor’s Note

Your doctor’s note or medical report should clearly state the extent of your injuries, the required recovery period, and any work restrictions. This medical documentation is essential to establish that your injuries directly caused your inability to work.

3. Employer’s Statement

Request a statement from your employer detailing:

  • Your role and regular hours.
  • Your pay rate, including any overtime, bonuses, and commissions.
  • The time you’ve missed due to the injury.
  • The impact of your absence on potential promotions or raises.

4. Calculate Future Lost Earnings

If your injury affects your long-term ability to work, you may be entitled to compensation for future lost earnings. This calculation can be complex, considering factors like:

  • The severity and permanence of your injury.
  • Your age and expected working years remaining.
  • Your career trajectory and potential promotions.
  • The impact on your ability to earn in the same capacity or industry.

5. Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Navigating the complexities of including lost wages in a personal injury claim can be challenging. A skilled personal injury lawyer at Gilbert Adams Law Offices can help:

  • Evaluate Your Claim: Assess the full extent of your lost wages, including future earnings.
  • Gather Evidence: Collect necessary documentation and statements.
  • Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Ensure you receive fair compensation.
  • Represent You in Court: Advocate for your rights if your case goes to trial.

Challenges in Claiming Lost Wages


If you are self-employed, proving lost wages can be more complex. You’ll need to provide additional documentation, such as:

  • Business records showing income before and after the injury.
  • Invoices and contracts to demonstrate expected earnings.
  • Client statements to corroborate your inability to work.

Multiple Sources of Income

For individuals with multiple sources of income (e.g., side jobs, freelance work), it’s essential to document all earnings streams. This might include:

  • Additional pay stubs.
  • Bank statements showing varied deposits.
  • Documentation of all gigs or projects.

Contact Gilbert Adams Law Offices for Help Including Lost Wages in Your Texas Personal Injury Claim

Including lost wages in your personal injury claim is vital to ensuring you receive comprehensive compensation for the financial impact of your injury. By meticulously documenting your income, obtaining necessary statements, and consulting with experienced personal injury lawyers like those at Gilbert Adams Law Offices, you can effectively recover the lost wages you deserve.

At Gilbert Adams Law Offices, we are dedicated to helping injury victims in Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, and across Texas secure the compensation they need. If you have been injured and need assistance with your personal injury claim, call us today at 409-835-3000 for a free consultation. Let us help you navigate the path to financial recovery and justice.

Do you have questions about an important legal matter, wondering whether you have a claim or what your rights are, and what to do next to seek justice and protect your interests? Call our office at 409-835-3000 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated Texas attorney.

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