Is the at-fault driver responsible for my loss of employment due to our auto accident?

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Is the at-fault driver responsible for my loss of employment due to our auto accident?

Asked on December 9, 2013 under Accident Law, Missouri

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Very possibly, if the loss of employment is both foreseeable as a result of the accident and reasonably unavoidable. For example: you lose employment because you work as a truck driver but your left leg and right arm were badly broken so you cannot shift (i.e. not drive)--in that case, you should be able to collect for lost income.

On the other hand, say that you are member of "Geek Squad" and you say you lose income because you don't have a car and can't drive to customers' houses--a court would conclude that that is an avoaidable loss, since you could rent/lease/buy a new car, and so not give you lost income.


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