A lost wages claim is a claim for wages that you were unable to earn because of the defendant’s actions or omissions. In other words, the defendant’s actions or failure to act in a required way caused you to miss work. If you were involved in an automobile accident that was another driver’s fault, for example, and missed several days’ work as a result, you could sue the other driver for lost wages because you would not have missed work had it not been for the accident that driver caused. The lost wages claim is in addition to the other claims you might have, including medical expenses and car repairs.
A claim for lost wages can be part of a larger claim for damages arising from a variety of situations, including automobile accidents, disability or any other incident in which the claimant missed work because of someone else’s fault. Regardless of the situation, you would have to prove that the defendant’s actions or inactions caused the loss in wages.