$60,000 for chronic back injury.

On November 16, 2015, the BC Supreme Court assessed damages for lingering injuries caused by two vehicle collisions. In Ali v. Rai, 2015 BCSC 2085, the plaintiff was involved in two collisions in 2011. He was found faultless for both. The collisions caused a lingering back injury which remained symptomatic at the tie of trial and the symptoms were expected. The Court found both collisions caused the injury and it was indivisible. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $60,000 Madam Justice Duncan provided the following reasons: [134] On the whole of the evidence, I find the plaintiff suffered...

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$60,000 for soft tissue injury with headaches.

On November 10, 2015, the BC Supreme Court awarded non-pecuniary damages of $60,000 for chronic soft tissue injuries with associated headaches. In Hinder v. Yellow Cab Company Ltd., 2015 BCSC 2069, the plaintiff was involved in an intersection collision. The defendant denied liability but was found fully at fault at trail. The plaintiff suffered a variety of soft tissue injuries, some of which resolved. She continued to have neck symptoms with associated headaches at the time of trial (some five years later) which were expected to linger into the future. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at...

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$131,250 for chronic TMJ injury.

On October 1, 2015, the BC Supreme Court assessed damages for a severe jaw injury sustained in a motor vehicle collision. In Williams v. Gallagher the plaintiff, who was 20 at the time, was involved in a 2010 vehicle collision caused by the defendant.  The plaintiff suffered a variety of injuries the most serious of which was an injury to the temporomandibular (TM) joints in his jaw.  This required surgical intervention which did not cure his pain and the plaintiff  was expected to have chronic lingering problems.  In assessing non-pecuniary damages at just over $130,000 after factoring in...

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Drunken push leads to over $1/2 million award.

In a stark example of the profound consequences that can come from a modest confrontation, on September 30, 2015 the BC Supreme Court ordered damages of $553,000 to be paid, after an intoxicated groom to be pushed a man that was teasing him. In Robinson v. Bud’s Bar Inc., 2015 BCSC 1767, the defendant, a groom to be who was “exotically dressed and wearing a ball and chain” following a bachelor party, was approached by the plaintiff and teased about his upcoming marriage. Both parties were intoxicated. The defendant responded by pushing the plaintiff who fell down, struck his head on the...

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$800,000 for serious whiplash injury.

On August 28, 2015, the BC Supreme Court awarded nearly $800,000 in damages to a a plaintiff who suffered a serious whiplash injury. In Kanters v Galasinao, 2015 BCSC 1532, the plaintiff Kanters suffered a whiplash injury to her neck following a 2007 motor vehicle accident. Despite having treatment with several chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and seeing numerous specialists, the pain persisted. The plaintiff attended an active rehabilitation program and was enrolled in a pain clinic where she was administered nerve blocks. At the time of trial in 2014, the...

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$67,500 for chronic soft tissue injuries and depression.

In Dhanji v. Holland, 2015 BCSC 1351, the plaintiff pedestrian was struck in a marked cross walk by a vehicle driven by the defendant. The defendant admitted fault for the collision. The plaintiff suffered a variety of soft tissue injuries, some of which were chronic in nature and developed depression secondary to this. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $67,500 (a figure which was arrived at following a 10% deduction in damages for the plaintiff’s failure to mitigate damages by refusing to attend recommended counselling) Mr. Justice Pearlman provided the following reasons: [108] The...

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