Totaling your lost wages claim begins by adding up your missed work and multiplying by your hourly rate. For example, if you miss 10 days of work, you multiply the number of hours you work each day by your hourly rate and finally by the number 10 for 10 lost days of work. If a worker misses 10 days of work, generally earns $20 an hour and works 8 hours per day, their lost hourly wages are $20 X 8 X 10 = $1600.
If you regularly work overtime, you can include lost overtime in your claim. This includes seasonal workers who regularly work overtime during a particular part of the year such as summer resort workers or accountants. The best way to show that you usually work these overtime hours is through documentation with your past pay stubs.
When your injury causes you to miss out on bonuses, you can ask for compensation for this. Proving lost bonuses might mean showing documentation of past bonuses. You can also have your employer make a report detailing how employees like you earn bonuses and what additional compensation you’re likely missing out on.
Victims often have to use their sick days to recover from their injuries. If it weren’t for the injuries, you’d have been able to use those sick days anytime. You have a right to compensation for the fair value of a sick day.
You may also find yourself using vacation days to recover from your injuries. Without your injury, you’d have been able to save those days for a real vacation. You can ask the responsible person to compensate you for the value of a lost vacation day.
Lost work might mean lost perks. You may have a company cell phone. The company might offer you use of a car or a gym membership. You can claim the value of these things in your claim for lost wages.
Tips are included in a lost wages claim. However, if you’re not in the habit of reporting your tips, you’re not going to be able to recover for them. You need to be able to show that you claim your tips on your taxes or deposit them in your bank account on a regular basis.