Your employment records matter if you make a demand for lost wages.
Why? Because they will show how much you were making, your pay at the time of the accident and ever since, and what your employer thought of you, and your attendance.
If the records are good – few absences, good reviews, no write-ups – they will bolster your claim that the accident kept you from making a living.
But if the records are “bad”, the insurance lawyer can use them to hurt a large claim for lost wages – by arguing that you would have been absent, or wouldn’t have lasted that long in the job. Worse, the jury will look at the records and probably take anything negative – questionable attendance, a bad review, discipline, a hint of a substance issue – as a sign of bad character.
The defense is entitled to look at the records before trial, and will use them if the insurance lawyer thinks they are helpful.
What does this mean? Your lawyer has to get and look at the records before you ask for a significant amount of lost wages. To know whether they will help or hurt you, and to help evaluate your claim for compensation & benefits.
If the records aren’t all good, you look at ways to get around them – like having coworkers, or a supervisor, testify.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. If lost wages are an important part of your claim, I make a point of getting your work records and supplying them to the other side if I think they will help your case. If you have a personal injury case in Cincinnati, Ohio or if you want to know what your lawsuit is worth, talk with an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer about the case. Call me, William Strubbe, at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed.