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Semirog Law Firm, pllc is a personal injury and auto accidents law firm located in Charlotte and Matthews, North Carolina.   We are committed to providing quality legal services in a dedicated and cost-effective manner to all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, or national origin.

We have handled complicated litigation in the areas of personal injury, car wrecks, truck accidents, family and business law.  In addition, we have experience in real estate law and short-sale negotiations.

We offer standard and flexible billing arrangements for our clients, such as flat fee billing, hourly billing, and contingency fee billing depending on the type of legal matter.

Recovering Lost Wages Following a Car Accident


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Recovering Lost Wages Following a Car Accident

Serge Semirog

We are always asked by our clients if they are entitled to be reimbursed their lost wages following an accident.  The answer, as always, it depends ....

According to the North Carolina Court's decision in Dunn v. Custer, "compensation for lost earning capacity is recoverable when such loss is the immediate and necessary consequence of an injury."

When your claim is presented to an insurance adjuster, generally he or she will ask for two things:

  1. note from a doctor (preferably a Medical Doctor, not a Doctor of Chiropractic), and
  2. letter from your employer confirming the number of days/months lost and your average earnings per day/month.

Certainly it becomes a bit more difficult if you are self-employed.  In this case, the adjuster will generally ask for your prior tax returns and business income receipts and expenses.

The best evidence at trial is evidence of Plaintiff's actual lost earnings.  According to the same NC Court, there is not a "more accurate and less speculative method of proving damages for loss of time than to show the actual salary or wages lost."

Stay tuned for our next post in which we'll talk about recovering the present value of future lost earnings ...

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