$20,000 Non-Pecuniary Assessment for 17 Month Long Soft Tissue Injury
Reasons for judgement were released today by the BC Supreme Court, Kelowna Registry, assessing $20,000 in non-pecuniary damages for recovered soft tissue injuries.
In today’s case (Scott v. Hoey) the Plaintiff was involved in a 2006 collision caused by the Defendant. The Plaintiff was 13 years old at the time of the collision and alleged she sustained injuries which permanently impacted her and sought significant damages. The Court rejected much of the Plaintiff’s claim noting credibility concerns. The Court did accept that the collision cause soft tissue injuries which fully resolved in 17 months. In assessing non-pecuniary damages of $20,000 Mr. Justice Bowden provided the following reasons:
 In my view the facts and reasoning of Barrow J. in Jensen v. Felker, 2008 BCSC 541, suggest that the amount of non-pecuniary damages awarded in that case approximate those that should be awarded in the case before me. After reviewing a number of authorities where short term injuries produced symptoms in the plaintiffs for 12 to 14 months, Barrow J. awarded non-pecuniary damages of $18,000.
 While the evidence supports a finding that the plaintiff’s injuries resolved within a period of about six months following the accident I am prepared to assess non-pecuniary damages on the basis that some of her symptoms may have continued until November 2007, which is a period of about seventeen months after the accident.
 I award the plaintiff $20,000 in non-pecuniary damages.