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How To Prove Lost Wages In An Auto Accident Case

If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is very likely that you had to miss work. Missing work means less money in your pocket. However, it is likely that your employer will want to avoid paying you for that lost time while you’re away from the office. If this happens, you could be losing money at no fault of your own. This means you may need to acquire legal representation to calculate your lost wages. 

Before you can calculate your lost wages, you are going to need some paperwork. You’ll need a note from your doctor detailing the amount of time needed off from work to recover. A disability slip will also work. You will also need your previous paychecks to show your wages. Some people may also need their tax returns, however, this depends on the status of your employment. The more documentation you have of your wages and injury, the easier it is to prove that you are owed the lost wages. 

Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary paperwork, you can actually begin calculating your lost wages. The method for calculating your wages will depend on whether you are paid hourly or yearly. If you are paid hourly, simply multiply your hourly wage by the amount of hours missed due to injury. For example, if you make $10 an hour and miss five eight-hour days, multiply 5 x 8 which equals 40, then multiply the hours missed by your hourly wage which will equal $400. If you are paid yearly, you need to divide your salary by 2080. This is because there are 2080 work hours in a year. Then multiply your 8 work hours by the number of days missed. So ($40,000/2080) x (8hrs x 3 days) = $461.54 in lost wages. 

Fighting for compensation after a work-related injury is exhaustive. That is why workers all over Tampa call Esposito Law Firm to help them in their time of need. With years of legal experience, we will fight day in and day out on your behalf. Call us today if you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident, and let us fight to recover your lost wages.