$50,000 Non-Pecuniary Assessment for Chronic Intermittent Lower Back Pain
Short and to the point reasons for judgement were released earlier this week by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, assessing non-pecuniary damages for a chronic low back injury.
In the recent case (Wong v. Robillo) the Plaintiff was involved in a 2010 collision which resulted in a “severe” impact. Liability was admitted. The Plaintiff suffered a neck injury which largely improved and a lower back soft tissue injury which became chronic and posed ongoing, intermittent difficulties by the time of trial. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $50,000 Mr. Justice Wong provided the following reasons:
 The plaintiff still has chronic intermittent lower back pain which affects his endurance and prolonged walking or sitting. Although he is able to carry out most household chores, it is with discomfort. He has dramatically improved, but he has had to live with chronic intermittent pain, anxiety, and uncertainty for almost three years. I would assess his pain and loss of personal amenities past and future at $50,000.