The second way you can receive lost wages in an auto, motorcycle or other type of injury claim is from the bodily coverage. Thus, at the end of the case if it settles or there is a verdict in your favor, the jury can award a certain amount of your medical bills for lost wages.
However, there is certain documentation and items you will need to prove in order to obtain your lost wages in a bodily injury case. First, you will need to present information from the Internal Revenue Service that you have to have paid taxes. While this is not a requirement to get lost wages, a jury may get the impression that you are a tax cheat and are not reporting all of your income and therefore, they may decide you are dishonest and unworthy of receiving any positive outcome in the case much less being reimbursed your lost wages. This negative inference can destroy an entire case not just the lost wages portion of it. Most lawyers will insist before they make a lost wage claim in a bodily injury case that you have provide documentation to show you paid your taxes.
It is also important to note that juries tend to be more in favor of people who work hard and continue to work and are not simply acting like an auto accident ruined their life if it is not abundantly obvious from the type of crash and hospitalization that the person received. Juries have a difficult time understanding cases like a herniated disc where the person is claiming they are no longer able to work – ever. Also, many experts such as vocational rehabilitation experts will testify that people can try different types of jobs which are sedimentary that they can at least work part-time.
Thus, lawyers like showing the jury that their clients are good hard working people, doing even part-time work to make sure that they pay their bills to make ends meet. Showing proof of having paid your taxes and what you have reported is a good character reference for the jury and not only helps you with your lost wage claim, but also helps your case as a whole.