$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 Galasinao2015 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 plaintiff was 53 years of age and her whiplash condition continued to cause her pain and limitation.  The experts opined that the whiplash had developed into a chronic pain condition that affected the plaintiff’s  ability to maintain fulltime employment.

In his reasons for judgment, the Honourable Mr. Justice Blok recognized that the plaintiff’s whiplash had not resolved and he awarded the plaintiff:

Non-pecuniary damages $90,000.00
Past loss of income (gross) $261,681.00
Loss of future earning capacity $425,000.00
Cost of future care $8,470.32