- Date: 2000
- Victim’s age: 39
- Victim’s Sex: Male
- Occupation: N/A
- Place: Saskatchewan
- Circumstances: aircraft was flying low
- Injuries sustained: wound on calf
- Settlement Amount: $935,784
The Airplane Accident
In 2000, a 39-year-old gym teacher from Saskatchewan was injured in a plane accident. He, his wife, and six other passengers were on a plane flying home when their plane crashed. It was dark and foggy when the airplane was approaching its destination. The aircraft was flying low and collided with trees. It fell to the ground, flipped over, and came to a stop upside down. Due to the impact of the crash, the man’s seatbelt broke and he ended up on the ceiling of the overturned plane. The airplane was not found until the next morning when rescuers then brought him to the hospital.
The victim’s injuries
At the hospital, he received stitches to close a wound on his calf. Following the accident, he tried to return to work but had developed persistent back pain that became worse with sitting and activity. The emotional trauma from the crash and the persistent back pain caused him to suffer from debilitating depression.
Who was responsible for the crash?
There was no disagreement about liability. The airline and pilot assumed liability for the plane crash and the resulting injuries.
Compensation for victim
In 2008 the Saskatchewan man won his lawsuit against the airline and pilot. The judge awarded the man $95,000 in general damages and $777,256 for past and future loss of income. He received an additional $3,000 for housekeeping expenses, $10,000 for future care expenses, and $18,165 for special damages. He successfully sued for a total of $935,784.