(Updated: June 20, 2018)
An accident can cause injuries that prevent you from working. As a victim, you are entitled to be placed in the same position you would have been had the accident not occurred. As such, you are allowed to be compensated for any loss of income that is related to the crash, including time away from your job due to your inability to work or to attend medical appointments.
The same answer applies if your injuries are more severe and you are rendered in complete disability. Arizona law says that the at-fault party must pay for the damage.
Keep in mind; it will be your burden to prove your loss of income. Here are some suggestions:
(1) A document that your doctor ordered your time off through a prescription or written notation;
(2) Obtain documentation from your employer indicating the time missed and a calculation of the monetary loss; and
(3) obtain your tax returns and W2s for several years prior and after the accident to show your income history, to help prove the loss.
While the law entitles you to a claim for loss of income, it also requires you to prove the loss with specificity. You cannot guess, and you cannot approximate.
If your injuries do prevent you from working in the same job or vocation, it may be advisable to retain an economic/vocational rehabilitation expert to testify on the full value of your loss.
Your experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer will know these things and will help you document and prove your claim.
Have a question? Feel free to call Zachar Law firm anytime. There is no fee, and there is no obligation, and we will do our best to educate you regarding your claims.