Looking ahead and behind to determine lost earnings
Abstract: When an employee is let go against his or her will, he or she may turn to litigation, seeking damages for lost earnings. Such damages also may be sought by a plaintiff who has suffered an injury that affects his or her ability to work. When placing a value on lost earnings, the valuator looks not only behind, at the plaintiff’s past earnings, but also ahead, estimating the plaintiff’s future earnings. This article explains the techniques involved.