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How to Claim Lost Wages From a Car Accident With Injury

  1. How to Claim Lost Wages From a Car Accident With Injury
  2. Damages, Losses, and Lost Wages Claims After a Car Accident
  3. Filing a Claim for Lost Wages in Texas
  4. Have an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer on Your Side During a Lost Wages Claim

How to Claim Lost Wages From a Car Accident With Injury

After a car accident, the primary concerns are medical and police involvement. As the dust begins to settle, insurance matters and legal options start to come into play. Typically, an insurance claim covers the financial impact a car accident has had on your life—including lost wages. However, getting fair and comprehensive coverage for your costs is not always straightforward.

If you have been involved in a car accident, something you may want to consider is hiring a Katy personal injury lawyer to help with your lost wages claim. As you’ll see, this is important for ensuring proper compensation. Otherwise, you risk enduring a tremendous amount of financial strain and stress due to missing out on work because of your injuries from the crash.

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Damages, Losses, and Lost Wages Claims After a Car Accident

When you are in a motor vehicle accident, the first steps you should take include immediately addressing any injuries, talking with the police, collecting as much evidence (photos, names of witnesses) as possible, and seeing your doctor. Once you’ve taken these measures, it’s time to start assessing your damages and losses from the car accident.

Now, there are a variety of reasons an accident can leave you unable to work. Back pain, broken bones, and even concussions are only a couple of examples of injuries that keep people from being able to earn income.

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However, if the car accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical bills, lose out on the income you would have earned, or otherwise spend your life paying for someone else’s mistake. That’s where damages come into play. Damages typically break down into three categories:

  • Economic Damages: This includes any financial impact the car accident injuries had on your life. This can include medical bills, medical equipment, the costs of ongoing care (like physical therapy), and your lost wages.
  • Noneconomic Damages. Where economic damages are tied to monetary loss, noneconomic damages are for more intangible matters. These damages may be awarded for physical, mental, or emotional pain and suffering. Physical impairment and disfigurement, injury to reputation, and loss of enjoyment of life are other examples of noneconomic damages.
  • Punitive Damages. In this case, we are talking about damages that awarded as a way to punish the defendant for reckless or dangerous behavior, and not to compensate you for losses.

If you want and need to claim lost wages, they are considered economic damages. However, you may be eligible to claim other costs as well, especially if you missed work because of an injury, or if the person who hurt you was especially reckless.

Proving Lost Wages and How Damages Are Calculated After a Crash

Naturally, which damages and losses are applicable and at what value depends on each specific situation.

To get a good understanding of what your lost wages might be worth, you’ll want to obtain a doctor’s note or disability slip. This documentation records your physical injuries and limitations and provides a recommended timeframe for how long the injuries will keep you away from work.

Along with the note from your doctor and any medical records, you need your most recent pay stubs and a letter from your employer confirming your pay, the number of hours you work per pay period, and the days you were absent. If you own a small business or are self-employed, you may need invoices and tax returns to show how much income the accident will cost you.

Once you have those details in order, you can begin to calculate the value of your lost wages, medical bills, and other costs. While this process might seem straightforward, the truth of the matter is that the most qualified person to help you calculate and claim lost wages from a car accident is a personal injury attorney. If you live in the greater Katy area, you’ll want to work with a local personal injury lawyer who knows our community and is willing to fight for the people who live here.

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Filing a Claim for Lost Wages in Texas

It’s important to know what kind of insurance you have, what kind the other driver has, and if there’s any other policy that might apply to your situation. Your personal injury attorney can explore every option for insurance coverage.

Once you have a complete understanding of your costs and the value of your lost wages, you and your attorney will make your lost wages claim with the relevant insurance company or companies. However, the insurance company can (and often does) deny claims with thorough documentation. When they refuse to provide the service you pay them to, you can rely on your attorney to help you challenge their denial and get the money you need to pay your bills.

We know it can feel difficult to pursue legal action for lost wages, but sometimes it is the best way to ensure you aren’t hurt again from your accident. You already have enough on your plate between getting back to health and dealing with other issues—you don’t need additional suffering due to stress and financial difficulties from being unable to work on top of it all.

Remember, legal processes exist to help you. And our team at Will Adams Law Firm is ready to be your guide in navigating through the entire legal process.

If you decide to pursue a legal course of action to cover your lost income, it is important to contact us as soon as possible. Waiting too long may keep you from being able to file a personal injury lawsuit that includes lost wages due to our statute of limitations laws here in Texas.

RELATED: How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Texas?

Have an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer on Your Side During a Lost Wages Claim

Residents of our Greater Katy community trust Will Adams Law Firm to handle claims like these because we stand up for you. Our experience and skill in handling lost wages claims is certainly important, but our commitment to always treating you with the respect and transparency you deserve truly sets us apart from other firms.

If you have any questions, want a complimentary case evaluation, or know right now that you would benefit from legal representation, feel free to contact our office. You can always reach us by calling (281) 371-6345 or completing this brief form.


The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.



Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Damages. § 41.001. (2013). https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CP/htm/CP.41.htm

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