The primary evidence necessary to establish a wage-loss claim is proof that the injured person was, in fact, earning wages or income at the time of the motor vehicle accident. For injured persons who receive a paycheck, the following evidence helps establish this:
- Pay stubs for the period before the motor vehicle accident and during the period of recovery;
- Tax returns for one or two years before the motor vehicle accident and the years of and after the motor vehicle accident;
- Letter from employer (on company letterhead) setting forth the rate of pay and time missed from work.
For self-employed persons, proving a wage loss can be more difficult. The self-employed can establish their wage loss with tax returns and profit-and-loss statements, which can be used to establish the historical compensation that was being earned before and after the injury.