California slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. You may be unable to return to work right away after a fall injury. What happens if you have lost wages or time away from work because of a slip and fall accident in California?
The good news is, you may be able to secure compensation for your lost wages at work. The team at the Simmrin Law Group can help you obtain the damages you deserve after a fall accident. Start working on a claim now by calling (310) 997-4688 to talk to a slip and fall lawyer in California.
Let’s Define Lost Wages in California
Legally, you may be able to secure compensation for wages you lost while recovering from injuries caused by a slip and fall accident. Lost wages can include a number of different payments you would receive from work. You may get damages for lost:
- Hourly pay
- Salaried pay
- Overtime pay
- Pay for commissions
- Pay for self-employment
- Bonuses, benefits, and perks
- Sick days, personal days, and vacation days
As you can see, lost wages cover a wide range of payment options in the state of California.
Calculating Your Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall Accident
Now that we’ve reviewed the types of pay that can be considered lost wages, let’s discuss how lost wages are calculated in California. You will need to prove that you lost wages before you are compensated for time off at work. Legal avenues to show lost wages can include:
A Lost Wages Letter from Your Employer
You can request that your employer provide you with a lost wages letter to show that you have missed pay due to your injuries. This letter should provide general information about your employment, as well as information about:
- How many hours you worked in a week
- Your regular rate of pay
- Your overtime rate of pay
- Your usual pay schedule
- The amount of days you missed due to your injury
You will need to provide past pay stubs along with a lost wages letter to secure compensation for the money you lost while you were recovering from your injuries.
Tax Returns from Previous Years
Here at the Simmrin Law Group, we understand that it’s not always easy to get a letter from your employer. You may not need to provide an employer letter if you have access to pay stubs and your past income tax returns. If you did not keep copies of your past tax returns, you can request them from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
You can get copies of past state tax forms as well. Make sure you contact the California Franchise Tax Board to get tax returns on the state level. These records can help you prove your income levels even if you are self-employed.
Review all your options for proving that you lost wages while you were injured by contacting the Simmrin Law Group at (310) 997-4688 to get legal help in your corner today.
Consider Lost Earning Capacity in California
As we’ve mentioned, you may be able to obtain compensation for wages you lost while recovering from a slip and fall accident in California. You may also be awarded damages for your lost earning potential. Lost earning potential refers to future wages you will not receive because of your injuries.
For example, if you do not fully recover from your injuries, you may be unable to continue working in the same job. If you are disabled as a result of your slip and fall accident, you may have difficulty working at all. In these situations, you may be awarded compensation for lost earning potential.
A slip and fall accident lawyer in California can review the facts surrounding your case to determine what type of compensation you could receive. You may be able to get damages for your:
- Medical expenses
- Time off work
- Pain and suffering
Getting help right away improves your odds of securing the compensation you need to fully recover. Get started today with the professionals at the Simmrin Law Group.
Speak to a Lawyer About Lost Wages for a Slip and Fall Accident
You may be unable to get back to work right away after a slip and fall accident in California. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and time away from work because of a slip and fall accident. Find out more with the Simmrin Law Group. You can reach out to us now for a FREE consultation.
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