Reasons for judgement were released today by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, assessing damages for chronic and partly disabling injuries caused in a collision.
In today’s case (Senger v. Graham) the Plaintiff was involved in a 2014 collision. The Defendant accepted fault. The crash caused chronic soft tissue injury which disabled the Plaintiff from her chosen profession as a dental hygienist. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $80,000 Madam Justice Murray provided the following reasons:
 Taking into account all of the evidence I find the following:
i. The injuries suffered in the accident have interfered with Ms. Senger’s schooling, work, household and recreational activities and will continue to do so;
ii. She is limited in her capacity to work as a dental hygienist and will not be able to sustain a career in that field;
iii. Ms. Senger will likely never be able to work full-time;
iv. Her injuries will continue to plague her for the rest of her life. It is unlikely that she will ever be pain free;
v. She has reached her maximum rehabilitation;
vi. Ms. Senger will always require assistance with housekeeping and yard work; and
vii. She will never be able to engage in many of the activities she previously enjoyed.
 Considering the case law and all of the circumstances, I am satisfied that an award of $80,000 for non-pecuniary damages is appropriate.