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3 ways to document your lost income after a car accident

If you suffer an injury in a car accident and are unable to work, you might be worried about how you are going to make it. You should know that in addition to seeking compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering, you can also recover lost income.

Your opportunity to be reimbursed for lost wages depends on your insurance and the documentation you have. Collecting these three types of documentation can help provide evidence for your lost wages in Louisiana.

1. Letter from your employer

If you want the best shot at reimbursement, you will need to provide enough information to support your claim. One important element of this is a letter written by your employer confirming you missed work due to your injury. If you are self-employed or work as an independent contractor, you may need to provide a copy of your tax returns instead. 

2. Letter from your doctor

A letter from your primary care physician is another necessary form of documentation. In this letter, your doctor should describe your car accident injury in detail and how long it has kept you from work. It is ideal for this letter to include information regarding your medical bills, treatments and prescriptions.

3. Evidence of your income

The best way to show exactly how much income you missed out on is by providing your personal tax return. You may also be able to offer pay stubs or a wage verification form. If you had low earnings last year, you may want to include tax returns from the past two or three years to display your regular income.

In addition to these specific forms of documentation, you can take note of any lost opportunities of potential income, including missed interviews or opportunities for promotion. By gathering substantial information with the help of an attorney, you can build a convincing case for the compensation you deserve.

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