Proving Lost Income and Earning Capacity

Injury Attorneys Representing Miami Accident Victims

When a victim suffers a serious injury due to a car accident, they are faced with weeks, months, or even a lifetime of recovery. As a result, victims must at least miss some time from work, and they sometimes cannot return to a job at all, or in the same manner that they once did. Drivers and passengers injured in a crash can pursue damages for lost income and earning capacity by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The Miami car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to making sure that victims are properly compensated for all of their losses following a traumatic collision.

Our firm offers seasoned legal representation throughout the duration of a case, collecting and interpreting detailed evidence in order to show the full impact that a car accident had on a victim, as well as who was responsible for harming them. We represent clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, including in Miami, and West Palm Beach. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision and have questions about your legal options, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help.

Proving Lost Income and Earning Capacity Damages

In Florida, car accident victims are entitled to certain damages from individuals responsible for causing a car accident. When a defendant has been found negligent, and liability has been established, victims can recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and - if a debilitating or permanent injury is sustained – pain and suffering. Some of these damages are easier to quantify than others. For instance, victims have records of past doctor visits and the recommended treatments that may be necessary in the future, and there are often standardized costs associated with such treatments. However, proving lost income and future earning capacity may be more complex.

Lost income damages refer to financial losses related to the time that a victim needed to take off from work following an accident. These damages are fairly straightforward and can be shown by providing documentation of work attendance, financial records, pay stubs, and tax records. Showing loss of earning capacity is a little more complicated, since the amount is based on calculations and predictions about a victim’s ability to work in the future, and how they are able to make a living at the job that they had before being injured or in a comparable role.

Proving lost future earnings requires evidence of financial estimates, as well as expert witness testimony. Expert witnesses offer qualified professional opinions regarding a victim’s physical limitations and the impact of those limitations on their ability to earn a living. Assessments of a victim’s injuries as well as a timeline of recovery, or when no full recovery is expected, a reasonable depiction of what the victim’s future capabilities will be, are important issues to present to a jury determining compensation. Ultimately, it is the jury’s responsibility to evaluate whether a victim’s estimations of their damages are credible. Damages amounts are based on a victim’s age, general health, and occupation, as well as earnings before and after the time of the injury.

Contact a Knowledgeable Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer in the Miami Area

Proving lost income and earning capacity requires a detailed analysis of medical records, expert witnesses, and other evidence to ensure that victims receive the appropriate amount necessary to cope with the extent of their injuries and keep their futures intact. The Miami attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon utilize all of the resources available to them to ensure that clients recover maximum compensation for their harm. If you are dealing with the consequences of a serious crash, call 877.499.4878 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer. We will not send you a bill for our services unless we are able to get compensation for you.

Client Reviews
"Thank you to Robert Dixon & Kristopher Torres for an amazing experience handling with my first injury lawsuit. Very much hassle-free and down to earth experience working with this law firm. I would definitely use them again! My case was settled and I am satisfied with the results! Glad to have them fighting on my behalf." Diamond Epps
"This firm goes out of there way to make sure all of your needs are met. They are wonderful and within a year, my settlement was reached. In addition, I never waited more than a couple hours for someone to get back with me. I highly suggest this firm." Melissa Ellis
"I had the pleasure of working with attorney Torres when I was involved in a car accident last year. He was always checking up on me, always making sure that I was getting the proper treatment that I needed. Whenever I called the office everyone was so nice and willing to help me. I'm glad he was my attorney and thank you for such a wonderful service from you and your firm." Natalie J.
"I'd like to say that the Law Office of Robert Dixon has been great to work with since the inception of my case back in 2016. Robert and team made me feel rest assured that patience would constitute a much larger settlement and that truly was the case. ... I highly recommend this law firm for anyone needing help from a very compassionate team of hard workers. Thanks again everyone for this positive experience as this was my first time ever dealing with the courts or a law firm...." Paul Carlson
"Jodie, Jennifer and the WHOLE Team are AWESOME! Everyone I have spoken to, have been very professional, patient and kind. The ladies take their time to ensure you understand everything that is happening every step of the way. Each time I would have a question, they were available via e-mail or a quick phone call." Nathalie Perez