For plaintiffs who have a regular job, we can project earnings losses using their earnings history or an employment contract that outlines future earnings. We have a basis for estimating their opportunity costs to earn because of an injury. Today, an increasing number of people are working in the “gig economy,” where they do not have a regular job. Instead, in the gig economy, workers have sequential short-term engagements. They include freelancers, independent contractors, project-based workers, and temporary or part-time hires.
How do we handle their loss of earnings, based on their “but-for-injury” projected earnings?
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