If you could not work after any Columbus personal injury accident, your lost earnings will be reimbursed if you can successfully sue the liable party. This party, whether an individual or an organization, can pay for:
- The income you lost while you were healing from the injury
- The income you cannot earn in the future due to a permanent, debilitating injury
- The difference between your old salary and what you can earn now
- Any other losses or expenses incurred due to the liable party’s negligence
Our Firm Can Fight to Recover Your Lost Earnings
In order to ensure that your calculations for lost earnings are accurate and supported by proper documentation, it may be best to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer from our firm. We can help you with everything from:
- Quantifying the worth of your injuries and telling you what to sue for
- Communicating with the liable party and their representatives throughout the duration of the case
- Responding to all of your questions or requests in a timely fashion
- Negotiating for a fair settlement that includes reimbursement for lost wages
- Preparing and filling out all necessary paperwork, including a settlement agreement
- Representing you in court, if a settlement cannot be reached
The sooner you begin your case, the easier it may be to recover lost earnings and other damages. Generally speaking, accident victims have only two years to take legal action against a liable party, according to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. The same is true in wrongful death cases, as stated at Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02.
Reimbursement for Lost Earnings and Other Losses
Lost earnings can comprise lost wages you did not receive for the time period you were unable to go to work. They can also take the form of lost earning capacity if the accident results in you suffering a long-term injury or disability that prevents you from making the same amount of money you did prior to the accident.
In addition to lost wages, you may qualify for the following types of damages, depending on how serious your accident was and how it affected you:
- Lost employment, if you are no longer able to work at all or have had to undergo retraining to start a new career that accommodates your injuries
- Medical bills, for any and all treatments you needed or will probably need in the future
- Repair bills, if any of your personal property (especially a motor vehicle) suffered damage in the accident
- Pain and suffering, if you experienced any physical or emotional distress due to your injury
- Disability, if you are temporarily or permanently unable to use any part of your body the way you could before the accident
- Loss of consortium, if the injury has had any sort of negative impact on your emotional, physical, or conjugal relationship with your spouse
Proving You Deserve Reimbursement for Lost Earnings
To recover damages like those listed above, you must be able to show that:
- The liable party caused the injury accident
- The accident caused the injury
- The injury was serious enough to prevent you from working and/or will prevent you from working in the future
Proving these points typically involves collecting and presenting evidence to the insurance company and, if necessary, to a judge and jury in a courtroom trial. This evidence may include:
- Your most recent paychecks
- A letter from your boss or supervisor that details your salary at the time of the injury, the number of hours you typically work, and the number of days you missed due to the accident
- Medical records or reports that confirm the severity of the injury
- Calculations of lost earning potential based on factors such as your age, job skills, employment history, and quality of life before the accident
- Traffic cam footage or other video footage that shows how the accident happened and that the liable party caused it
In short, you have to be able to demonstrate the amount of time you missed from work due to your accident, as well as the total amount of money you would have earned, both in the past and in the future, had it not been for the accident. Our firm would be more than happy to help you collect and present this evidence.
We get Real Results for Our Injury Clients
Our attorneys are passionate about obtaining real results for our clients who have been injured through the reckless or negligent actions of another. Here are just a few examples of our past case results we have won for our clients:
- $1,450,000 – For a car accident victim that led to a fractured leg and ankle and loss of income
- $1,150,000 – For a truck accident victim that resulted in a traumatic brain injury
- $600,000 – For a car accident victim who was left with a hip fracture and other serious injuries
Of course, every case is different based on the circumstances. But the Fitch Law Firm LLC will fight for you every step of the way while you focus on your recovery.
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The Fitch Law Firm LLC has 30+ years of experience helping Ohio accident victims recover fair compensation for their injuries. Call our Columbus office today at (614) 545-3930 for a free initial case review. We can explain more about how you will be reimbursed for lost earnings and how we can help you recover what you deserve.
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