Vancouver Jury Awards Canadian National Boxing Champion $1,023,000 In ICBC Claim
While an injured hand would effect most individuals in a negative fashion the consequences can be far more severe depending on the nature of your occupation. Illustrating that an injury’s valuation largely depends on the unique circumstances of a Plaintiff, a recent Vancouver Jury verdict valued a Boxer’s ICBC claim involving a right hand injury at just over $1,000,000.
In the recent case (Albert v. Politano) the Plaintiff Jegbefumere ‘Bone’ Albert was involved in a 2008 collision. He was a professional cruiser weight boxer at the time with a 4-0 professional record and a 251-3 amateur record. The collision caused a chronic right hand injury. This injury flared with training/fighting. The Plaintiff had 3 more professional contests post crash and despite his hand injury he won all these contests. The chronic nature of the injury, however, interfered with his abilities and required the Plaintiff to take early retirement in 2009 at the age of 29.
After a 5 day trial before Mr. Justice Greyell the Vancouver Jury awarded the Plaintiff just over $1 million for his losses including the following damages:
Non-Pecuniary Damages: $125,000
Past Diminished Earning Capacity: $60,000
Future Diminished Earning Capacity: $868,000
As with all Jury verdicts, there are no ‘reasons for judgement’ to publish. I would like to thank Vancouver lawyer John Cameron for sharing this result with me for publication on this blog.
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