Unpaid Emergency Leave? Here’s Why You Should Speak Up

Sick Leave in AitkenvaleInjuries are inevitable. Despite the government’s active participation in road safety and fatality preventions, freak accidents occur on roads more often than we would like.

According to a report from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), there was a total of 103 road deaths in November 2016 alone. The number of road deaths throughout the year accumulated to 1,280 accidents, which is 7.1% more than 2015.

The next road accident could involve anyone we know, even ourselves.

Legal Assistance

The disruption an accident causes in our daily lives can be devastating, especially if we have responsibilities that include bills and day-to-day jobs. Attorney Kevin Wong, however, reminds us of our entitlement to ‘gratuitous assistance claims’ from employers to provide us with the expenses and services we may need after an accident.

An injured person, or the plaintiff, ‘must have an experienced lawyer who has knowledge in care and assistance claims to ensure the victim received every last cent they are entitled to at settlement’, writes Wong, a personal injury lawyer himself, in Lawyers Weekly. ‘Legislation and common law dictate that an injured person can receive compensation for paid and unpaid services.’

Quantifying Compensatory Damages

‘Most personal injury damages are classified as “compensatory”’, says David Goguen, J.D. 'They are intended to compensate the injured plaintiff for what was lost due to the accident or injury.’

The goal of the personal injury claim is to nurse the injured person back to health until they may return to living their normal lives before the accident took place. Compensatory damages for medical treatment and income issues are the easiest to quantify because of their monetary value.

What is more difficult is gauging a victim’s personal experiences of pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment or consortium. Lawyers do case studies and coordinate with the people involved in order to assess and file a compensatory claim to the victim’s employer.

Rapid Legal Solutions, a firm handling personal law cases, says you may file a claim for medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, and past and future pharmaceutical expenses, among other costs.

It may be nerve-wracking to confront your employer regarding your case. But no matter the cost of damages, demanding for compensation for your personal injury is your right.