Someone that has been injured in an accident might think that compensation for lost wages refers only the time away from work. Lawyers understand the full meaning of compensation for lost income.
Lawyers strive to get their clients compensated for all the financial losses that resulted from the clients’ inability to show up at the workplace. They work to seek money to cover the income lost while a client was not working. Additionally, the lawyers work to seek damages for opportunities missed, after the client has sustained an injury in an accident. If the client’s injury forced him or her to use sick pay, a personal injury lawyer in Calgary, will argue that such a need should count as a loss of pay.
Number of employee’s work hours should have no effect on the size of the damages for lost income. Those damages awarded whether employee had full-time or part-time job. Those damages awarded whether employee got paid an hourly wage, or took home a weekly or a monthly salary. Lawyers fight for those damages, even when their clients are self-employed.
Evidence that a self-employed plaintiff can use as proof of the size of his or her income:
A decline in the number of invoices sent to clients. A book showing cancelled appointments. This might be the best form of evidence, if the injured business owner had just launched his or her money-making endeavor. In that case, the book of canceled appointments might be combined with pictures of opening-day events, or pictures of newly-purchased equipment or merchandise.
Information on conferences that the self-employed entrepreneur could not attend, because he or she was recovering from an injury.
Income tax returns from previous years.
Copies of pages from an accountant’s book, showing level of profits enjoyed by a business before the business owner was injured.
Letters from customers that praised the quality of a business’ service, or one or more of its products. Alternatively, the owner of a business might offer written testimony from a number of customers or clients.
Evidence needed from a worker that has claimed damages for lost income:
• Document showing the size of the worker’s salary before sustaining an injury. This would usually be a stub from a paycheck.
• Note from employer confirming the worker’s absences, those claimed in worker’s request for damages, due to lost income.
What happens in courtroom, following the presentation of the required evidence?
The damages for lost income get added to the special damages. That combination of damages gets added to the general damages. The total amount represents the size of the plaintiff’s compensation, if the same plaintiff has won the personal injury case. If presented evidence were seen as insufficient, the plaintiff could be forced to forego the damages for lost income.