The legal system views a fair compensation as the proper reward for most accident victims. Indeed, the victim that files a personal injury claim seldom has reason to expect more than a fair compensation.
How do victims get compensated?
A study of recent cases in Ontario showed that 70% of those cases got settled before the 2 parties met in court. Of those instances when a case did go to court, about ½ of the plaintiffs received between $2,000 and $25,000.
The money paid to the victim comes from the other party’s insurance company. Negotiations between the plaintiff’s representative and the insurer’s representative play a huge part in determining the size of the final settlement, unless the case gets decided in court.
Victims must stand up for their rights.
That means knowing and recognizing their rights. For instance, a defendant does not have the right to choose the person that will be the victim of the defendant’s negligent behavior. If the victim has a chronic but stable medical condition, the effects of the defendant’s behavior work to determine the size of the reward.
Victims that suffer loss of time on the job can seek more than just compensation for lost wages. If the victim’s injury can be categorized as catastrophic, then the Personal Injury Lawyer in Brampton representing that same victim should prepare an argument that focuses on a loss of future opportunities to earn a living.
Even victims that did not suffer catastrophic injuries might still need to worry about loss of future opportunities to earn a living. If an injury must be corrected surgically, further operations might become necessary in the future. A worker would have to request time off for such an operation. Repeated requests for time off might push an employer to deprive the worker of a paying job.
Depending on how long it took that worker to find another job, the employer’s actions would have created a hole in the worker’s resume. That would make it even harder to locate a new position. The men and women that review resumes look with disfavor on those that suggest a long period when the job applicant did not work.
As a result, someone reviewing a resume might overlook all the applicant’s job skills. The staff members that review resumes can fill vacancies with candidates that show the readiness to work, but do not have the right skills for a given job. Their actions can result in the rejection of someone with a medical problem.
If that problem has stabilized, the affected man or woman should go after an appropriate job. Consequently, certain victims have a right to seek compensation for a possible loss of future opportunities to earn a living.