- Date: March 31, 2006
- Victim’s age: 54
- Victim’s Sex: Female
- Occupation: N/A
- Place: Toronto, Ontario
- Circumstances: rear-ended at a stop
- Injuries sustained: neck and upper back pain
- Settlement Amount: $600,000
The Rear-end Accident
On March 31st, 2006, a 54-year-old woman was driving in Toronto traffic when she was involved in a car accident. She had come to a stop when she was rear-ended sending her car under the truck in front of her. At the time of the accident, she felt fine but on the car ride home, she started to experience headaches. A few days later she went to the hospital as she was still experiencing headaches and also was feeling nausea and had neck and upper back pain.
The victim’s injuries from rear-end accident
She was diagnosed with a cervical sprain and concussion. During a follow-up appointment with her family doctor, he noticed she had limited movement in her neck and diagnosed her with a whiplash injury. She now suffers from chronic pain in her neck and shoulder and has persistent headaches. Her doctor diagnosed her with arthritis in her upper spine that causes deterioration. He testified that her pain will only get worse with time and become more debilitating.
Compensation for victim
The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended her was found 100% liable for her injuries. She was awarded $140,000 in general damages and $496,311 for past and future income loss.