Whether you hurt your shoulder tripping on broken equipment at the gym or suffered a bone fracture during a slip and fall in a private home, any injury can cause a serious financial strain. High medical bills are of course expected, but that’s not the whole picture. Time away from work while recuperating from the injury must also be factored into any compensation from the negligent individual who caused the accident.
Calculating Lost Wages After a Slip and Fall Accident
Just because you can’t work doesn’t mean your bills stop coming, and unfortunately, PTO, sick days, and vacation time can all evaporate quickly when recovering from a slip and fall. After investigating the accident to identify the liable party, your attorney can negotiate with insurance or argue your case in court for the full amount you deserve, including any lost income. In Pennsylvania, calculations of wages included in slip and fall compensation can include:
- Benefits you weren’t able to utilize.
- Expected bonuses you didn’t receive.
- Hourly or salaried wages for the specific number of days spent away from work.
- Lost earning capacity, if you are able to return to the workforce but must work reduced hours or have to move to a different position for less pay.
- Lost future earning potential in slip and falls involving catastrophic injuries with permanent disability and no chance of returning to work.
- Paid time off, vacation days, sick leave, etc.
- Raises you would have received if had you not been hurt in the fall.
While a set hourly wage is simpler to calculate, these kinds of damages for lost income are still available even if you are self-employed or work from home. Any damages you recover for missing income are also separate from potential compensation covering other expenses like medical costs or non-economic impacts to your life such as emotional trauma.
Get the Help You Need Recovering Damages for Lost Income
If you’ve been hurt in a fall due to someone’s negligent behavior, the best way to protect your legal rights and financial security is to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call (215) 332-0300 or use our contact form to schedule a consultation with the Heslin Law Firm to discuss your case and how to move forward towards financial recovery.