Summer Vacation & Workers Comp: 5 Possible Factors In Your Case

Posted on: 29 July 2015

Being unable to work due to an injury does not just impact your weekly paycheck. There are many other factors that can impact your financial situation, especially during the summer. Summer plans are typically made well ahead of time and an injury that forces you out of work can dramatically change these plans. By working with workers compensation lawyers, you can explore the following five impacts and see if they can help you during the case.

Summer Timeshares

A work injury could also limit your travels. If you have an annual timeshare, then the money invested into the vacation home can go to waste. By using timeshare documents, you can try and claim the funds through your case. If you have found a way to transfer or sell off the timeshare, then you can use the transaction to help with the emotional impact of your case.

Extra fees like cancellation, transfer, or travel fees can all be added to your potential costs that are associated with the timeshare.

Children's Summer Plans

If you have a child, then their summer plans can be directly impacted through your work injury. These plans can also impact you financially. For example, extra daycare may be needed for a child that is out of school and cannot be properly cared for if you are going through hospital visits, surgeries, or physical therapy. Depending on your ability to transport a child, cancellations and lost deposits could occur for events like day camps and sport programs.

Even if these costs do not directly impact your personal needs, a child is an extension of your spending. The salary that you earn has a large impact on the children in your life. Work with an attorney to determine the extra costs that come during the summer due to your injury.

Vacation Pay

An annual work salary may also include vacation time. Even though you're out of work, the vacation time is not applied and could become lost forever. Along with vacation time, your summer days off could have included paid holidays like the Fourth of July.

The annual vacation time and pay not only includes time that you would have earned, but any unused vacation days from the years prior. An attorney can use your employment records to help verify and claim as much of this pay as possible. Using calculations and spreadsheets can help you determine extra time that should have been earned as well.

Seasonal Campground

Local campgrounds offer seasonal sites where you can stay all summer. These reserved sites are typically booked at the beginning of the year, or the year previous, to guarantee a spot. If you have a seasonal campsite, then you could be losing out on thousands of dollars if the campsite doesn't get used during the summer.

Using receipts and campground contracts, your attorney can factor these fees into the case. Not only does this apply to seasonal campgrounds, but any weekend campsites that you booked for the summer.

Summer Hobbies

A variety of summer hobbies that you traditionally participate in could have a financial impact when you have an injury. For example, if you fish during the summer, then you could be losing out on things that you purchased like a fishing license, extra equipment, or memberships to fishing clubs.

The same financial effects can apply to other hobbies like hunting, sightseeing, and RV trips. Anything that you prepaid for or have reservations for should become a part of your case and evidence. Determine your annual hobbies and how they are impacted because of the work injury. Even small things can quickly add up and create large financial impacts.

Your summer months are impacted enough by an injury. Allowing it to flow over into your financial situation will only make things worse and this is why an attorney is essential for establishing multiple factors of your workers compensation case.