Can I Claim Future Lost Earnings in a Maryland Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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When injured because of the negligence of another party, whether you’ve been hurt in a car accident or a slip and fall on an unsafe property, it can change the course of your life. For many, this may be taking a short time off work to heal from their injuries, while others may find they are unable to work, creating intense financial stress. If you have sustained an injury, understanding your right to pursue compensation for future lost earnings with the help of personal injury attorneys in Baltimore County is critical. The following blog explores what you should know about these matters.

What Damages Can I Claim?

When you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, understanding what you can seek compensation for is essential to receiving justice and financial support for the injuries and damages you’ve endured.

Generally, people know they can file a claim to cover the cost of their medical bills or any damage to their property. These are known as economic damages because they represent quantifiable monetary losses. However, you may not know you can seek compensation for subjective damages. These are non-quantifiable, non-pecuniary costs. For example, you may seek funds for pain and suffering, humiliation, and a loss of enjoyment of life. Because these do not have a dollar amount attached, you’ll find these can be harder to recover.

It’s important to understand that because of your injury, you may be unable to work, whether this will be a life-long or temporary matter. As such, you may be able to recover compensation for any wages you will lose because of the injury. Generally, there are three instances in which you can fight for future lost earnings:

  • Unable to work for a set period
  • Able to work, cannot perform the duties of their old job
  • Unable to ever return to work

How Can I Prove Future Lost Earnings?

It can be incredibly challenging to prove lost wages because there will always be speculation surrounding the severity of your injuries and whether or not you will ever be able to work. For example, the defense may claim that your injuries do not prevent you from working part-time or taking a different role.

To prove the extent of your injuries and the wages you’ve lost, you’ll need to gather considerable evidence. This includes testimony from your medical providers, documentation from your employer showing what your earnings would be if you continued to work the role you were in, what you would earn if you returned to work in a diminished capacity (different role or reduced hours), and testimony from expert witnesses like vocational experts.

As you can see, there are many complexities involved in recovering future lost wages from the negligent party responsible for injuries you’ve sustained. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, our dedicated legal team understands how complicated these matters can be. When you’re hurt, you should focus on healing. That’s why our firm will handle these issues so you can focus on recovery. Connect with us today to learn how we can assist you through these matters.

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