$40,000 Non-Pecuniary Assessment for Lingering “Intermittent” Soft Tissue Injuries
Reasons for judgement were released last week by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, assessing damages for lingering intermittent soft tissue injuries.
In last week’s case (Wilson v. Honda Canada Financial Inc.) the Plaintiff was involved in a 2009 rear end collision. ¬†Fault was not at issue. ¬† Although the Court found that there “are serious issues regarding (the Plaintiff’s) credibility” ¬†Madam Justice Fitzpatrick concluded the Plaintiff suffered a variety of soft tissue injuries, some of which remained symptomatic on an intermittent basis at the time of trial. ¬†In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $40,000 the Court provided the following reasons:
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I conclude and find as a fact the following with respect to Mr.¬†Wilson‚Äôs injuries:
a)¬†¬†¬†¬†Mr.¬†Wilson suffered soft tissue injuries to his neck, shoulder and back areas as a result of the motor vehicle accident.
b)¬†¬†¬†¬†Mr.¬†Wilson‚Äôs low back injuries resolved very quickly after the accident.
c)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Mr.¬†Wilson suffered from fairly constant neck and shoulder pain and headaches for the first six months, but these symptoms gradually became more intermittent and less severe until his return to work in early 2010.
d)¬†¬†¬†¬†By May 2010, Mr.¬†Wilson‚Äôs neck and shoulder pain and headaches were continuing on an intermittent basis, but were continuing to improve.
e)¬†¬†¬†¬†At the time of the trial, Mr.¬†Wilson continued to experience pain in his neck and shoulder area and was experiencing headaches, all on a very intermittent basis.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I award the sum of $40,000 for non-pecuniary damages.