How is lost income calculated after a brain injury?

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person opening paycheckYour brain injury may make it so that you are unable to:

  • Do the same job you did before you got hurt
  • Work the same hours you did before you got hurt
  • Work at all

These changes may be temporary, or they may be a permanent way of life for you. Either way, they significantly affect the amount of money you can earn.

Proving Value of Lost Income Damages

Since your lost income is a direct result of the brain injury you suffered, it should be part of your legal recovery. Lost income should include compensation for all of the income you no longer earn, including:

  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Income from self-employment

Your medical record is important evidence in establishing why you can’t work, what your work limitations are and will likely be in the future, and when, if ever, you can return to work.

Additionally, the income you’ve lost since the time of the accident until now can be established with your previous pay stubs, tax returns, or other documentation.

The value of future income is a little harder to establish, but you must do so if you want to recover damages for your future losses. Expert witnesses may be necessary to present evidence about what your likely future career path would have been if you had not been injured and what compensation you would have likely received. This information, combined with your age, health, education, and earning potential, will allow your brain injury lawyer to fight for your full and fair compensation for all future lost income.

Get the Lost Income Damages You Deserve

It’s not your fault you can’t work as you did before your brain injury accident. You shouldn’t be the one to bear this financial loss, but if you fail to take action before the statute of limitations expires, that is precisely what will happen.

Instead, you can protect yourself and your family by contacting an experienced brain injury lawyer who knows how to value lost income damages, what witnesses to work with, and what arguments to make to get you the full legal recovery you deserve.

Call us today, tell us about your brain injury accident and the impact it had on your ability to work and let us help you fight for your financial future.

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