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Loss of Income After a Car Accident

Dealing with Loss of Income After Car Accident: Handling Financial Challenges

Having a car accident is unexpected and impacts everyone the minute the accident happens. No one can prepare for the unplanned loss of a vehicle, potentially taking time out of work for medical appointments and any other ongoing injuries you’ve suffered from being involved in a car accident. Loss of Income After Car Accident will hardly be your first thought after a car accident, but it will certainly be at the forefront of your concerns. 

Then there are the extra costs you’ve had to pay out for medical bills, using public transport, organizing a replacement car, and even loss of wages from missing work.

No matter your financial situation, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you deserve to be reimbursed for the Loss of Income After Car Accident while recovering from your injury. An experienced accident attorney can help you work out just how much you’ve lost and calculate a sum that rightly compensates for your Loss of Income After Car Accident.

The top injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have more than 15 years of experience in helping clients through the loss of income after a car accident.  Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in person, over the phone, or via video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.

Difference Between: Loss of Income After Car Accident and Lost Compensation

The Arizona courts regularly rule that personal injury victims are entitled to reimbursement for their loss of wages/ income while recovering from their injuries after a car accident. Loss of income After Car Accident includes wages the injured person would earn if they hadn’t been injured.

The lost compensation is an additional amount that’s awarded and includes sick and vacation days, pay bonuses, and other perks the person is eligible for.

Other Types of Employment Compensation You Can Claim For

As the accident wasn’t your fault but you’ve missed out financially, the courts will go in your favor for further employment compensation which will include;

Sick Days

 As an example, if you accrued 14 sick days and used 10 while recovering from your injuries, you have a right to be reimbursed for the value of those 10 sick days. The value of each sick day is one day’s wages.

Vacation Days

If you’ve had to use your vacation days while recovering from your injuries, your settlement will compensate you. Like sick days, each one of those days represents a day’s wages.

Bonus Days

Bonus days are any other days you earned or could have earned from work such as national holidays, birthdays, mental health days, performance days, etc. Like sick and vacation days, each bonus day represents a day’s wages.


Bonuses typically earned based on an employee’s performance or hitting a benchmark are also eligible to be reclaimed if injuries prevented you from getting a bonus you were in line for

Other Perks and Benefits

Similar to bonuses, perks are usually anything else your employer would reward you in a non-monetary way such as a company “work” vacation, use of a company car, free golf outings, and any other perk you would have had if not for your injury.

Insurance companies tend to lump lost wages and lost compensation together, referring to the total as lost income which is fine as long as you know the difference. Knowing all the types of lost compensation to include can increase a final settlement amount.

Supplying Evidence of Loss of Income After Car Accident

The best proof of injuries you’ve suffered from having an accident is having a note from your doctor which should include a detailed write-up of your injuries, your diagnosis, and a prognosis for recovery. It will also need to outline your prescribed treatment and how long you should be out of work. 

You can also ask your doctor for a note that outlines when you can return to work and what activities you are limited to at work. It can even include a “progressive prognosis,” which looks at when you can return to your full job duties. The more details about your injuries, treatment, and approximate recovery time, the better chance you’ll get reimbursed for your Loss of Income After Car Accident.

Get a Letter from Your Employer

To get more value out of your claim, you need to show legitimate proof of the loss of wages/income and any other compensation you’ve lost during treatment and recovery. Ask your employer for a written letter that should confirm the following:

  • The days off you’ve had
  • Your hourly pay or salary at the time of the injury
  • The number of hours you normally work each week
  • Any overtime you worked in the weeks or months before the injury
  • Any projects you were working on that would have resulted in extra compensation
  • A promotion you were being considered for is no longer available
  • Any lost prizes for work performance, including vacations, tickets to shows, etc.
  • Sick, bonus, and vacation days used up while recovering
  • Any other perks or benefits you lost

Proving Loss of Income After Car Accident for the Self-Employed

Self-employed people have the same right to recover Loss of Income After Car Accident as anyone else, it’s just gathering proof of that lost income can be a bit more challenging. Adjusters often consider the Loss of Income After Car Accident claims from the self-employed as a suspect. If your Loss of Income After Car Accident is substantial, you may need to hire an accountant.

Typically, the person handling your books can create a profit and loss statement. It should prove your income before the accident and show a decline in income after the accident to prove your loss of wages/income.

Proof of income can take many forms including:

  • Bank statements showing deposits
  • Profit and loss statements before and after the accident
  • Your last year’s tax return
  • Signed contracts close to the time of the accident
  • Invoices and receipts

If your business is rather complicated or vast, it’s worth hiring a forensic accountant who can look at the previous income and predict future income to help your Loss of Income After Car Accident case. They’ll also prepare a detailed forecast of future income factoring in the growth rate of your business, and new customers, as well as compare the incomes of similar businesses in your area.

If your business isn’t that complicated, you won’t need a forensic accountant to prove your Loss of Income After Car Accident – just a current financial statement and your tax returns for the past several years. 

If you were working with potential customers and lost them when you were injured, you can include copies of your correspondence to prove how close you were to bringing them on. If you can get them to write a letter confirming they would have become a customer had you not been injured, that’s even better.

Don’t be tempted to exaggerate your financial losses as every document submitted for evidence in your claim will be very closely scrutinized. Take your documentation to your usual accountant and ask them to prepare a financial report supporting your calculations. The adjuster can’t refuse to reimburse your lost income simply because you’re self-employed, but they’re likely to dispute the amount requested at first. 

Ultimately, it comes down to how well you can prove the legitimacy of that loss of wages/ income as a result of the accident you’ve endured. 

How Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm Can Help You

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their Loss of Income After Car Accident. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located in your area.

If you need medical treatment after a car accident contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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