When someone else is liable for your personal injury, the compensation you are entitled to can include lost income as well as diminished earning capacity. The latter is the reduction in income because of your injury.
Like other losses, a claim for diminished earning capacity in Virginia requires evidence. An experienced personal injury lawyer from Rutter Mills can help you understand how to estimate and prove your loss in earning capacity.
How diminished earning capacity occurs
It is probably not surprising that the earnings you lost while recovering from an injury are eligible for reimbursement in your personal injury case. However, it is also important to not overlook future impairment to your earnings because of:
- Reduced hours
- Lower paying position
- Missed promotions or career advancement opportunities
If your injury has prevented you from doing the same type of work that you did before the accident, or because you needed time off to undergo treatment and recuperate, you are likely entitled to reimbursement.
Who is eligible for a claim of diminished earning capacity?
As long as your ability to earn was impacted, you may be entitled to compensation. This means you could have a claim regardless of whether you were working full-time or part-time, working hourly, or salaried. Even as a seasonal employee or self-employed– lost wages could increase the overall value of your injury claim.
Calculating diminished earning capacity
Personal injury lawyers consider several factors to determine the amount of a claim for reduced earning, including:
- Amount of time that you missed work
- Amount of money you would have made if you continued working in the same capacity before the injury.
- Evidence that you would have had other job opportunities or promotions had you not been injured.
Your medical bills and reports can substantiate your claims of an injury. They can also help establish how long medical professionals expect you to be unable to perform your job. Invoices and calendars can help establish the time you missed work due to appointments. You may have work-related documents that help prove lost opportunities for which you could not be considered due to the injury.
Your personal injury lawyer may even make requests to your employer for your personnel file. It can contain payment history and memos, reviews, or other documents that demonstrate both the trajectory that your career was on before the accident and ways in which your injury has held you back.
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You need to include all of your losses in your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit; once you settle or conclude your case, it will be too late to add losses that you discovered later. If you were injured in or around Newport News or Portsmouth, Virginia, discuss your case with a lawyer at Rutter Mills for free. Our dedicated professionals look at
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