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Young lawyer awarded $3.2 million for injuries she suffered in car crash

The young lawyer described “cognitive problems” that made the job difficult, including the need to proofread documents several times.

A young Kamloops lawyer has been awarded $3.2 million for injuries she suffered in a traffic accident while attending law school.

The vast majority of damages – $3 million – cover losses of future earning capacity.

The lawyer was 24 on January 25, 2018, when her vehicle was violently rammed from behind on a freeway near Golden, where she was heading for a weekend skiing getaway. She was a first-year law student at the time of the accident.

The court heard she suffered a concussion and was suffering from symptoms including headaches, neck and back pain, numbness and tingling, as well as nausea, dizziness and lack of concentration. She described “cognitive issues” that made work difficult, including the need to proofread documents multiple times.

The woman graduated from Thompson Rivers University Law School in 2020 and was called to the bar of British Columbia last year. She works as an associate attorney in the business law department of a local law firm.

Since September last year, she maintains a reduced workload of 0.6 due to symptoms caused by the injuries she suffered in the accident. As a result, she receives 60% of the firm’s first-year partner salary.

At trial, the woman’s lawyers claimed she likely would have been on track to become a partner later in her career if it weren’t for the injuries sustained in the accident. Her supervisor described her work as above average, and an economist prepared a report for the court that she would have earned around $9.9 million by her 70th birthday had she not been injured in the accident.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Ronald Skolrood awarded her $3 million in lost future earnings, $160,000 in non-pecuniary damages, $22,000 for future care costs, $15,000 for lost housekeeping capacity, $11,800 for past lost income and $8,920 in special damages, for a total of $3,217,720.