In what can only be described as a tragic case, the victim of a motor vehicle accident was awarded a large settlement to compensate them for injuries and damages. During the accident, the plaintiff hit his head with significant force. He suffered a closed head injury and likely mild traumatic brain injury. The plaintiff had been riding a motorcycle. He stopped at a red light and was hit forcefully by a pickup truck from behind. The force of this impact was so severe that the plaintiff cracked several teeth when his skull and face struck the inside of his own helmet and his motorcycle was embedded into the front of the truck.
At the time of his injury, the plaintiff was 28 years old and had recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Kinesiology. He had been working as a firefighter but had aspirations of becoming a police officer. Injuries that the plaintiff sustained in the accident were likely to make this impossible. Prior to the accident, the plaintiff’s role involved rappelling in and out of forest fires. After the accident, the plaintiff could not hold down a security job.
Of interest here, was that the plaintiff had no certainty in terms of his career path and had not taken any concrete steps towards his goal of becoming a police officer. The judge ruled that even though this was the case, the plaintiff had established that he “would have applied for and obtained full time employment, likely in the fitness or recreation field.” The judge also ruled that the plaintiff was still capable of some kinds of employment but could not do “shift work” or work that requires “heavy physical requirements“.
Despite the plaintiff’s very general assessment of his future possibilities, the plaintiff was awarded $850,000.00 for Loss of Earning Capacity. This illustrates that despite uncertainty or only partial impairment a plaintiff can still be awarded a substantial claim to compensate them for a tragic injury.