$92,000 Diminished Capacity Award Despite “80-90%” Recovery From Chronic Soft Tissue Injuries
Reasons for judgment were published this week by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, assessing damages for largely recovered but lingering soft tissue injuries and chronic pain following a collision.
In the recent case (Bhumrah v. McLeary) the Plaintiff was injured in a collision caused by the Defendant. The Defendant accepted fault for the rear end crash. The collisions resulted in soft tissue injuries. Despite enjoying “80-90%” recovery the Plaintiff had lingering chronic pain and depression secondary to these injuries. The injuries were “expected to continue, to some degree, into the future as well. “.
The Plaintiff was employed as commercial transport mechanic. He missed considerable time from work but eventually was able to return. Despite this there was evidence that the lingering injuries were not particularly compatible with work of this physicality. In assessing damages for diminished earning capacity at $92,000 Madam Justice McDonald provided the following reasons: