When you suffer injuries because of someone else’s negligence, it is natural to feel angry. You worry that you may not be able to work again.
You have the right to get compensation for your medical bills and other evident types of harm. You can also get damages for a loss of future income, but you may need extra proof.
How courts determine earning capacity
Courts look at what you could earn in the future as well as what you were actually earning when you got injured. Other factors include your age and your ability to work as well as your skill and education level.
You will also need to prove that you could have earned more money in the future. Your injury will now prevent you from earning that money. For example, one woman collected damages because she lost an eye. Doctors also amputated her thumb. She was going to be a doctor when someone hit her with a pickup.
When you need more evidence
If the link between the injury and potential earnings is hard to prove, you will need more evidence. You will need a medical expert to testify that your injuries will prevent you from earning a living. Also, you will need to file a claim within one year of the day of your injury.
You can get compensation for loss of potential earnings if you get injured. Still, you will need strong evidence that shows that you could have made more money in the future.