$125,000 Non-Pecuniary Assessment For Fractured Ankle and Psychological Injuries
Reasons for judgement were released last week by the BC Supreme Court, Vernon Registry, assessing damages for physical and psychological injuries resulting from a motor vehicle collision.
In last week’s case (Verge v. Chan) the Plaintiff was injured in a 2006 head-on collision. She was 34 at the time and lived a ‘farming lifestyle’ which required significant strenuous labour. The Plaintiff suffered a fractured ankle and psychological injuries both of which lingered to the time of trial and impeded with her physical lifestyle. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $125,000 Mr. Justice Greyell provided the following reasons:
Ms. Verge suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and back, a fractured right talus, bruising to and pain in her chest, and pain in her left shoulder, both knees, and hip.
 She continues to suffer from her ankle injury, sleep disturbance, headaches, stress, anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), depression and chronic pain…
 The injury she sustained in the accident of December 6, 2006, has had a significant effect on her physical and mental health. She is left in virtually constant pain with an unstable ankle such that she can no longer perform the tasks she used to perform on the farm and about the house or enjoy the hobbies and recreational pursuits she used to enjoy pre-accident. She has developed mental health issues, including PTSD and depression, which will require a significant course of treatment before she can return to work. As a result of her injuries, the work opportunities which will be available to her are less than pre-accident. She has lost the farming lifestyle she enjoyed and her family, marital, and social relationships have been impaired…
78] After considering the evidence, the factors enumerated by the Court of Appeal in Stapley, and the authorities cited by counsel, I award non-pecuniary damages in the amount of $125,000.