On June 30, 2014, Peter Collins, a senior associate with Harris & Brun, successfully acted for the plaintiff in Bouvier v. Behrend, 2014 BCSC 1208. The plaintiff was awarded over $350,000.00 at trial.
At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was a 57 year old bus driver with BC Transit. Due to the accident, the plaintiff suffered a left lateral epicondylitis, from a tear in the tendon of the epicondyle, and a mild cubital tunnel syndrome, from compression of the ulnar nerve.
As a result of his injuries, plaintiff was partially disabled and the court found that there was a real and substantial possibility that his symptoms would not resolve. While there had been some improvement in his symptoms, he was not able to do any significant or repetitive lifting or rotating of his left arm or rely on his hand to grasp objects 5 years after the accident.
Given the nature of his injuries, the plaintiff would be unable to continue to in his career as a bus driver. Due to lack of accommodation by his employer he was forced to retire from BC Transit earlier than he wanted to. In order to compensate his work related losses, the court awarded substantial past loss of income and future loss of earning capacity.
While most of our cases here at Harris & Brun settle prior to trial our associates work hard towards fair compensation for our clients.