15% of Canada's population (ages 12 and over) suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities in 2009 2010, according to Statistics Canada. When trauma causes limitations in normal functioning, it is common for a victim to be forced into missing work days. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that injury victims spent 6 26 days in a hospital in 2010-2011, depending on the source of injury; it is also reported that approximately 90% of these injuries are preventable.
The time required for treatment, healing and rehabilitation is different for every injury, but a lack of income impacts families in a similarly significant way. If you or a family member is unable to work due to an injury caused by another's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for lost wages and other damages, whether you have been injured on-the-job, in a motor vehicle collision or on another's property.
Greg Monforton and Partners offers the compassionate legal counsel you deserve in your time of need. Our law firm enjoys a prestigious reputation in Ontario because of our history of successful litigation.
A Victims Rights
Sometimes, an injury is severe enough to cause an extended period during which a victim is unable to work or only able to work part-time, and could even lead to permanent disability. In some cases, a victim will lose their job and salary because of a serious injury.
Depending on a persons financial situation, a loss of wages could affect the ability to provide for basic needs such as food, housing expenses and household hygiene items. Healthcare coverage may also become an issue.
If someone else's negligence led to these hardships, you have rights. There are several types of cases that allow a victim to pursue lost wage recovery:
You do not have to suffer the consequences of another's actions if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Our lost wages lawyers will fight to defend your rights. If you plan to pursue compensation, it is important to know how to document your financial circumstances.
Documenting Lost Wages
Strong evidence is imperative to prove liability in most injury cases. Documenting your financial losses thoroughly will make a difference in your outcome. These tips can help prepare you for legal action.
In order to pursue maximum compensation, obtain as much documentation as you can from this list:
- Pay stubs received prior to the injury
- Doctors notes pertaining to the injuries
- Notes from your employer relevant to your case
- Any applicable tax records
- Proof of disability (as well as income received)
- Historical medical records
- Calendar showing missed appointments
- Correspondence indicating lost opportunities
Special cases exist when an injury is severe enough to necessitate a change in employment or limits a persons ability to work full-time. A victim in these special circumstances should request more information from his or her legal representation. Many factors are involved in calculating the amount of damages in an injury case, and obtaining as much documentation as possible will support your claim.
Calculating Lost Wages
The amount a victim may be awarded for a loss of wages will vary case by case. The nature of the injury and the individuals earning power prior to the trauma can influence total monetary compensation.
Typically, the information below will need to be documented (in addition to the aforementioned items) in order to calculate the benefit amount:
- Number of weekly work hours
- Gross income/salary
- Position title and responsibilities
- Amount of time missed because of injury
In some cases, a victim may have been looking forward to a raise or promotion, or missed another similar opportunity, which should also be documented for consideration.
Contact Our Law Firm
Missing work and losing income is a challenge for any individual. If you are facing this unfortunate reality and your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, contact our law firm. The personal injury lawyers at Greg Monforton and Partners understand injury victims circumstances and believe that responsible parties should be brought to justice.
We have experience pursuing the recovery of lost wages in many areas of practice, and offer personal attention and support for each client we represent. Our office is located in Windsor, Ontario, and we are proud to serve the following communities:
- Pleasant Park
- Stoney Point
- and towns and cities throughout Ontario
Discover how Greg Monforton and Partners may be able to help you recover lost wages. Call (866) 320-4770 today to discuss the details of your case and determine if you have a claim.
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