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Job loss due to a car accident

A job loss due to a car accident is unlikely, but can still happen. Find out what you can do to recover your income.

Getting into a car accident causes a lot of distress. On top of dealing with the insurance company and being forced to go over traumatic memories over and over, you often need to take some time off work to sort things out. Most employers would understand these circumstances. However, your job may be at risk when a day of absence turns into a week, months and then years.

Can I get fired for being unable to work due to a car accident?

In Canada and, more specifically, Alberta, some laws protect employees’ rights, preventing an employer from firing an employee for reasons of illness or disability up to the point of undue hardship.

This is specified under Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act (RSA

2000 cH-14, s7)

What compensation is available to me if I lost my income due to a car accident that causes a total disability?

Individuals who suffer a total disability due to a car accident and are unable to work generally fall under the no-fault accident benefits of their insurance policy. This is usually known as section B accident benefits.

An insurance adjuster will usually contact you once a claim is made under section B accident benefits. Before you meet with the insurance adjustor, you should contact a lawyer, as they may present you with waivers or documents to sign, which may limit your legal options.

You may also be asked to provide a proof of loss statement.

For more information, refer to

Section B Restrictions

If you are convicted of an alcohol-related connected to the accident or if you do not possess the proper license to drive the vehicle that was involved in the accident, you do not qualify for Section B benefits.

Regardless of your situation, it is recommended that you hire a professional Injury Lawyer who specializes in Automobile-related injuries in order to ensure that you do not miss out on any benefits that you may be entitled to.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of an Alberta Injury Lawyer before making any decisions

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