- Date: November 18, 2013
- Victim’s age: 42
- Victim’s Sex: Male
- Occupation: N/A
- Place: Halton, Ontario
- Circumstances: rear-ended by another vehicle
- Injuries sustained: neck and back pain
- Settlement Amount: $150,714
Car accident- rear-end collision
On November 18, 2013, a 42-year-old man was driving on the highway and had come to a stop when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. The main damage to the vehicle was the front as the impact from the hit caused his car to crash into the one in front of him. At the scene of the accident although tired, dizzy, and in pain, he denied medical attention and drove home.
The victim’s injuries from the car accident
The next day he had severe pain all over and attended to the emergency department near him. The doctor told him he was experiencing muscle spasms and a possible concussion and was given pain medication. Later in the day, he went to the walk-in clinic due to neck pain dizziness, and headaches. He remained off work and 10 days later attended the walk-in clinic for body aches, neck pain, lower back pain, and headaches. The x-rays indicated no serious damage. He continues to suffer neck and back pain and cannot return to his usual work. He received modifications to his work however, he cannot work as much as he did prior to the accident.
Compensation for victim
The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended him was found 100% liable for his injuries. The judge concluded that his injuries reached the threshold of permanent and serious impairment to important functioning. He was awarded $100,000 in general damages. His loss of past income was awarded at $6,749. He received income replacement benefits and short- and long-term disability benefits that covered the rest. The judge determined he was not eligible for damages for loss of future income or loss of competitive advantage as he suffered an unrelated stroke 2 years later that rendered him unable to work. He was awarded $43,965 for future health care costs.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think you are injured. Sometimes, injuries can take days or even weeks to manifest, so it’s best to err on the side of caution. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.