The summer is a busy time for many people as events are planned, vacations are scheduled, and more activities take place outside. For many of us, the summer is a nice time to get an extra job and earn a little money to help pay for our favorite summer activities.
If you suffer an injury, your ability to obtain a summer job could be in limbo as you heal from injuries. Along with compensation for your traditional job, learn how a summer job plays into any type of injury case. Understanding these various aspects will help ensure you answer legal questions properly and get all the help you need during a case.
Summer Jobs of the Past
As you move forward with a personal injury case, look into your past to help determine outcomes for the future. Even if the jobs vary, showcasing proof of your summer work in the past helps set a precedent and showcases potential work you would have had in the future.
Pay stubs, W-2 forms, and other evidence of your work will help show how much you actually earned during the summer. The hourly rate and the number of hours you worked per week will all help you get more compensation for your injuries.
Summer Event Income
When referencing summer jobs, not everything you do will be either a full-time or part-time job. Some summer gigs only last for a weekend or even a single day. For example, you may work as an usher for an outdoor concert venue. You may sell food at a baseball game or parade. All of these events should be accounted for if your accident injury prevents you from working.
Income is income whether it's a steady-paying job or just a one-day event. Use a calendar or planner to determine how many of these events you planned to work at or have worked at in the past.
A lawyer calculates the total possible from these events. He or she may also consider any extra income associated with them. For example, you may get tips at a food stand. These tips are another part of your income which should not be ignored during an injury lawsuit.
Summer Job Perks
Along with an additional income, several summer jobs may come with perks. For example, if you take a summer job at a miniature golf course, one of the benefits may be free rounds of mini-golf. If you have an injury and are unable to work, you will lose out on not only your income but also on these perks.
Some perks may include free food, free parking, or free admission to various locations. Along with determining the actual value of these perks, a lawyer may include them as a part of your pain and suffering. If these events are something you looked forward to every summer, you may feel stressed or depressed that you are missing them. Emotional suffering is often a part of injury lawsuits.
If you were planning on having a summer job or gig you've never had before, then an employer letter could be used as evidence to help with your case. An employer has an opportunity to write a letter and state their intentions to hire you for a job before your injuries took place.
In cases like this, the letters serve as a concrete piece of evidence in proving your lost income due to injury. Extra details, including the rate of pay and the hours you would have worked, may all help your case and entitle you to the proper compensation.If your personal injury is preventing you from working this summer, get advice from our experienced lawyers at The Law Offices of Anthony M. Malizia. We can help you move forward with your personal injury case as needed.