Not all personal injury lawsuits involve car accidents

In British Colombia, victims of incidents resulting from another person's negligence may pursue financial relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Apart from car accidents that result in many such claims, boating accidents, dog bites, slip and fall incidents, assaults, sexual abuse, product liability and more can also cause damages. Regardless of the event that caused the injuries, the types of damages that could be included in a claim need not all be physical.

Along with seeking recovery of medical expenses and income loss when an injury prevented the victim from returning to work, claims can include pain and suffering, mental trauma and more. In some cases, the plaintiff may seek punitive damages, which aim to punish a defendant for grossly malicious conduct. However, this is a difficult claim to justify and typically reserved for egregious conduct. 

Examples of claims not involving physical injury include a man in another province who filed a lawsuit against the company that bottled the water in which he saw a floating fly. He was awarded over $341,000 in damages for stress and anxiety causing nightmares, which ultimately led to him losing customers. However, an appeals court overturned the monetary award that the trial court awarded.

Pursuing recovery of damages after car accidents or other incidents in a British Columbia civil court is a complicated process that could be costly and time-consuming. The logical way in which to approach it might be to enlist the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Such a professional can evaluate the case for viability and determine the types of damages for which the plaintiff may be eligible.

Source: FindLaw Canada, "What types of injuries can I sue for?", Accessed on June 16, 2017

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