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I’m Losing Earning Capacity. Can I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Car accident victims have so many things to worry about in the aftermath of an incident. This includes what to do about medical expenses and property damage. However, injury victims can also experience lost income as well as a loss of earning capacity due to their injuries. When this occurs, the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC are ready to help. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.

Why a lost earning capacity is a big deal

In the aftermath of a sustaining an injury caused by another person’s negligence, victims can face tremendous expenses. Most people think of medical bills caused by the accident, and those can certainly be costly. If a victim cannot work, they will lose income until they recover. However, an injury victim can also experience temporary or permanent disabilities that keep them from earning at the same level they are accustomed to.

For example, if a mechanic sustains a serious shoulder injury and loses mobility permanently, they may no longer be able to make a living as a mechanic. Instead, they may be forced to take a job that brings in less money. If a teacher sustains brain damage in a car accident and is no longer able to practice their craft, then they will certainly incur a major lost earning capacity. In these cases, and many more, injury victims should not have to worry about their future income.

How is lost earning capacity calculated?

Proving lost earning capacity can be complicated, but your Dallas personal injury attorney will work to gather the evidence necessary. This can include:

  • Proof of past earnings. This can be in the form of W2s, pay stubs, and tax returns.
  • Using past earnings and income projections to estimate what your future earnings would have been had you not sustained an injury.
  • Documentation of your experience and skillsets that could influence your future earning capacity.
  • Statements from medical professionals detailing why you are unable to perform the same work you are accustomed to.

Your personal injury attorney in Dallas will work to ensure that you continue to receive the wages you would have generated had you not been injured.

We are here to help you today

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping accident victims recover all compensation they are entitled to. This can include:

  • Coverage of all accident-related medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Compensation for lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the negligent party

When you need a Dallas personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.

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