Seek Fair Compensation For Income Lost While Recovering From Accident-Related Injury
Most injured victims that seek compensation for their time away from the workplace think only about their lost salary. Yet an Injury Lawyer in Burnaby knows that an employee can lose more than wages while recovering from an accident-related injury.
What should be counted as money lost by the recovering employee?
• The employee’s wages or salary
• Vacation payment
• Sick days or personal hours used to pay for your time off.
• Commissions or bonuses lost (if recovering employee had been making sales)
• Merit raises or salary increases that were lost.
• The retirement or 401k account contributions that were missed.
Possible events that could have added to the amount of money owed to the recovering employee:
It could be that the day before the injury-causing accident, the supervisor had asked the employee to assist with a certain operation. The employee was not paid overtime, and had to work longer than usual. Suppose the injured employee had a rapid recovery. When that same employee returned to the workplace, some of his or her sick days remained on the books; not all of them had been used to pay for the employee’s time off. At that point no one knew that the employee had not recovered completely.
An undetected problem remained in the area of the original injury. That problem got worse, as the employee tried to make up for lost time. As the problem got worse, the employee remained unaware of the fact that the original injury had been aggravated.
Documentation of money lost while recovering from an accident-related injury:
• Proof of income received in the past.
• Medical records that show that the injured employee could not work.
• A self-employed business person would need one of more of the following: An accountant’s book, tax forms, bank account transactions or business documents.
Questions asked if a disabled employee seeks compensation for future lost income.
What are your chances for recovery? When would you expect to recover? A long recovery means many days away from the workplace. That means many days with no money in the form of wages or salary.
Are you able to handle another form of employment? Employees that must be retrained in order to take-on a new job do not get compensated as much as someone that already has skills that can be used in another job.
What were you making at the time of the accident? Someone that had been making more could seek a larger compensation package.
How many years did you have left, until you would be expected to retire? A younger worker that has become disabled loses more future earning power than an adult that is nearing retirement. That fact must be considered by those that seek to determine a given accident victim’s compensation.