Strazza v. Ryder

In this case, Marsha Bishop and Trina Brubaker acted for a young man who was injured in a rear-end collision while working as a delivery driver. The impact was significant enough to cause more than $4,000 in damage to the vehicle our client was driving.

As a result of the collision, our client sustained injuries to his neck and back. In addition to seeing his family doctor, our client underwent physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments. He also worked with a kinesiologist and personal trainer. Despite these efforts, our client’s pain continued causing him significant difficulties at work and essentially ending his dream of working as a long-haul truck driver.

At trial, ICBC, on behalf of the defendant, argued that our client’s injuries were only modest and had already resolved. Despite the fact that he could no longer pursue his dream job as a long-haul truck driver, ICBC argued that our client shouldn’t get any damages for loss of future earning capacity.

In support of our client’s case and to dispel the arguments made by ICBC, Marsha and Trina introduced expert medical evidence and called other witnesses to testify about the extent of our client’s injuries and their impact on his life at home and at work.

The trial judge accepted Marsha and Trina’s submission and awarded our client $122,806.53 in damages including $60,000 for pain and suffering, and another $60,000 for loss of future earning capacity.

You can click on the link below to read the trial judge’s Reasons for Judgment:

Strazza v. Ryder, 2012 BCSC 1693