Can I recover for my future lost wages?

Past lost wages are generally a straightforward matter. An experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer will tell you that in a serious personal injury action, though, the injured person's future earnings must be considered in two ways. If that injured person will incapacitated for a period of time after the trial, and was working prior to the injury, a reasonable measure of damages is the average wage earned prior to the incapacity, projected over the length of the incapacity. "In an action for personal injuries, a plaintiff may recover for loss of future earnings which will reasonably and probably result from the tort. Monias v. Endal, 330 Md. 274, 623 A.2d 656 (Md., 1992). "A tort victim suing for damages for permanent injuries is permitted to base his recovery on his prospective earnings for the balance of his life expectancy at the time of his injury undiminished by any shortening of that expectancy as a result of the injury." Sea-Land Services, Inc. v. Gaudet, 414 U.S. 573, 595, 94 S.Ct. 806, 819, 39 L.Ed.2d 9, 26 (1974). What if the person is not working at the time of the injury, or, has just started a new career that is expected to yield income, but has not yet? Consider that this person cannot any longer work in that new field because of their injuries. That is a different type of claim. "There is a distinction between loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity. A person is entitled to compensation for the lost capacity to earn, whether he would have chosen to exercise it or not. Most courts which have discussed the subject have held that it is not necessary to show either the plaintiff's earnings prior to the injury or decrease in earnings after the injury in order to establish the fact of loss of earning capacity." Monias v. Endal, 330 Md. 274, 623 A.2d 656 (Md., 1992) How does one prove what their "earning capacity" is? "Essentially, an accident victim is entitled to be compensated to the extent his or her power to work in an activity that produces income has been reduced by the injury. There is no fixed rule by which the amount of damages for diminution or impairment of earning capacity may be definitively measured. Instead, all relevant facts on the issue must be considered. The prevailing proper measure of lost earning capacity is the difference between the amount that the plaintiff was capable of earning before his injury and that which he is capable of earning thereafter. Essentially, the plaintiff must establish the disparity between the market value of his services before and after the injury." Anderson v. Litzenberg, 694 A.2d 150, 115 Md.App. 549 (Md. App., 1996). An experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney can provide you with guidance in proving a future wage claim.

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