Are you decorating for the holidays? Do you usually put up a tree, Christmas lights, or decorations on your house? If you were in an accident in 2017, you may not be able to put up the decorations this year.
Injuries from car wrecks, slip-and-fall incidents, and tripping accidents can have far-reaching, unexpected consequences. Most people don’t think that a personal injury might affect their end-of-year decorating or party-hosting plans.
But think about it—putting up decorations involves, reaching, stretching, bending and climbing. It often includes carrying heavy or awkwardly-shaped items like trees, reindeer, and big bags and boxes.
And hosting a party might include carrying and setting up chairs and tables, bags of ice, boxes of drinks and trays of food.
All of these activities require strength, mobility and flexibility: three things that are often diminished in accident victims.
So, what can you do to make sure this year’s holiday season is just as festive as last year’s? Don’t cancel the party – hire help instead.
In California personal injury cases, the injured victim can be compensated for the loss of his or her ability to provide usual household services. To include these damages in the claim, injured people must show the reasonable value of the services they would have provided if they hadn’t been hurt.
For activities like holiday decorating and entertaining, you would need to show that in past years you have been the person in your house responsible for holiday activities, and that your injuries prevent you from performing those tasks this year. Ways to show that these were your jobs include pictures of you doing these tasks in the past, notes about this work from past years, emails, receipts and testimony from family, friends, and possibly shop owners. You would then show what it would cost to hire someone to take over those tasks because you cannot. You can get estimates or bids from people who provide these services in your area.
Recovery for loss of ability to provide household services applies to many things. For example, although a stay-at-home parent cannot recover lost wages, the parent could recover for the costs of parenting tasks that have to be provided by someone else because of the accident. Since the accident, these services might have been provided by an hourly babysitter and a driver to get children to school and activities. Documenting the work done by a parent and the value of that work if purchased by a private provider is essential to winning a compensation claim.
Every day, each of us performs tasks that we and our families take for granted. They seem so insignificant that we hardly think about them and we rarely thank each other for them. They include
- Walking pets
- Driving children to activities
- Scheduling doctor and dentist appointments and taking family members to them
- Shopping for elderly parents
- Cooking and cleaning in our own homes and those of elderly parents
- Grocery and school shopping
- Mowing the lawn
- Changing the oil in the car
- Bathing and playing with children
- Paying the bills and going to the bank
- Doing laundry
Who would perform these tasks if an adult in your family was hurt in an accident? That is a question most of us don’t think about until it happens. If you get hurt because of someone else’s negligence, get the help that you need from the personal injury lawyers at Cerritos Legal. Call today at 562-865-9356 for your free consultation.