- Date: 28 October, 2015
- Victim’s Age: 46
- Victim’s Sex: Female
- Occupation: N/A
- Place: Ontario
- Circumstances: hit by another car
- Injuries sustained: soft tissue injuries
- Compensation: $300,000
On October 28, 2015, a 46-year-old woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident. She was driving when she was hit by another car. The impact smashed the left side of her body against the inside of her vehicle. She felt immediate pain and could not exit her vehicle. Paramedics arrived and brought her to the hospital.
At the hospital, she underwent x-rays and was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries. The injuries and pain were more severe on her left side, especially in her neck and shoulder. However, with time she developed pain in the right side of her body including her shoulder, arm, hip, and knee. Immediately following the accident her head felt fuzzy and she had ringing in her ears. In the months to follow she began to experience fatigue, confusion, and occasional headaches that have persisted.
She returned to her work as a social worker a few days after her accident but in October of 2016 she had to stop due to her accident-related injuries. Prior to her injuries, she had a great employment record. She was a busy mother and wife and played recreational softball. As a result of her accident, she has chronic widespread pain and cognitive and psychological impairments. This has impacted her daily living and she is no longer the active outgoing person she used to be.
Her injuries were not only severe and permanent but have impaired important physical, mental, and psychological functioning. The judge ruled that her injuries met the threshold for motor vehicle accidents. She received $100,000 in general damages, $38,371 for past income loss, $201,294 for housekeeping and home maintenance, and $3,700 for out-of-pocket expenses.