Can I file a lost wages claim if I'm self-employed?

If you're involved in a car accident and miss time from the job, then you'll likely want to recover the money you lost while unable to work. While, if you're a salaried employee, you may find it easy to produce your work schedule along with documentation showing days you missed recovering from your crash, it may be a bit harder for an independent contractor.

As a sole proprietor, contract worker or independent contractor, you're still able to recover lost wages, compensation or income. This may allow you to submit a claim for lost contract, good favor or business opportunities.

Independent contractors will likely have to gather together tax returns and documents such as 1099 receipts from the previous year to show how much money they typically make. Additionally, you may need to produce correspondence with clients showing discussions of advances on projects, contracts or receipts as a way to justify lost income as well.

If a client of yours is able to produce a letter demonstrating that the two of you have a long-term relationship whereby you provide a certain amount of hours of support to him or her on a regular basis, then this may help.

A doctor's note that acknowledges that your medical condition necessitates you to miss time from work may additionally be helpful in waging a claim for lost wages. When filing a lost wages claim, it's important that your demands are reflective of the severity of injuries you suffered in the accident.

If you hold a number of steady paying independent contractor gigs, then comparing tax returns between one year and the next may be enough to substantiate a loss wages claim. However, if you work in an industry in which your wages vary, it may be beneficial to have a forensic accountant explain how to forecast your wages. A Vista, California, personal injury lawyer can provide guidance as to how to go about doing this.

Source: FindLaw, "Proving car accident lost wages when you're self-employed," accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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