A myriad of different scenarios can lead to an employee losing wages. A workplace accident that injures an employee can leave him or her unable to work for an extended time. A car accident can prevent an injured driver from returning to work during recovery. When these issues happen or when lost wages are part of a person’s legal claim, the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. can help.
With more than 40 years of experience handling all types of civil actions for our clients in Roswell and throughout Georgia, our team is confident that we can handle the toughest cases and will do everything possible to secure maximum compensation for our clients. Over the years, our practice has secured more than $100 million in damages for our clients, and that includes lost wages.
Lost Wages After Workplace Injuries
The workers’ compensation system exists to provide relief and job security for employees who suffer on-the-job injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits typically cover the injured employee’s medical expenses and weekly payments while the employee is unable to work. However, the workers’ compensation system limits weekly wage benefits to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wages, up to $575 per week for a maximum of 400 weeks.
Depending on how the injury occurred, the injured employee may find these weekly payments insufficient, or other factors place liability for the injury on the employer. The employee may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent employer or other entity responsible for the injury and recover more than workers’ compensation would disburse.
Lost Wages After a Personal Injury
If you have suffered an injury due to another person or party’s negligence, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover your losses. For example, if you suffered multiple broken bones in a car accident with a driver who was texting behind the wheel, you may be unable to return to work for several weeks. If the accident did not occur within the scope of your work, then you cannot depend on workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, you can sue the at-fault driver for the wages you would have earned had you not been injured.
You will need to calculate the wages lost due to your injury and provide evidence that your calculations are correct. This can involve past pay stubs or a letter from your employer outlining your salary arrangement. The court will use this information to determine how much you can claim in lost wages. Employees like salespeople and consultants can also claim lost sales commissions, bonuses, fringe benefits, and any pay rate increases missed due to the injury.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether your claim involves workers’ compensation or a personal injury, the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. can help. We have extensive experience handling civil claims in Roswell and throughout Georgia, and we put that experience to work securing as much compensation as possible for our clients. We explore every available avenue of compensation in every case. We can help you gather the evidence needed to prove the extent of your lost wages and protect your rights in court. Reach out to Kaufman Law, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Roswell, GA, attorneys.