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Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers know that when your injured you need top medical & the best legal representation possible to fight for justice for you!

Call our Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers immediately after an accident to meet with us for free before you meet with ICBC at 250-262-5052. Our team will fight for the highest fair Dawson Creek personal injury and Fort St John injury settlement award. Your wage loss in Dawson Creek is often far higher than the rest of BC so don’t settle for less pick up the phone and set up an appointment right now.

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Northern British Columbia’s dangerous and challenging road conditions can contribute to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek motor vehicle accidents. Our top rated Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers know that the harsh Northern weather means the risk for a Fort St. John and Dawson Creek catastrophic injury is far greater in these communities.

Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers at MacLean Personal Injury know icy roads are a common cause of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek motor vehicle accidents and the cold weather climates that Fort St. John and Dawson Creek residents live in often leave roads in treacherous conditions.

Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers also warn that in addition to dangerous roads from the extreme cold, wildlife such as moose and elk also contribute to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek wildlife vehicle collisions.

Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers Explain Rock Salt and Sand Are Ineffective

While rock salt and sand can be used on roads to improve traction, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, road salt loses efficiency below -7C and is almost totally ineffective below -12C, showing road salt still leaves citizens exposed to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek catastrophic injuries.

We want you to be safe so check out these free winter driving trips to help protect you and your family.

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Dawson Creek and Fort St John Have More Catastrophic Personal Injuries 

Global BC, through information they obtained through ICBC, published data on how many fatalities occurred on provincial highways from 2004 to 2013. The statistics showed just how dangerous roads are for Fort St. John and Dawson City car accidents. The Alaska Highway is one of the most dangerous stretch of road in BC. 

An article from the timescolonist.com summarized:

“It showed that there were 10 fatal crashes on the Dawson Creek to Alberta border, followed by 13 fatal crashes on the stretch of road between Dawson Creek to Fort St. John. Fort St. John to Fort Nelson had 30 crashes, and the stretch of road between Fort Nelson and the Alaska border saw 12 crashes. Fort St. John Councillor Larry Evans said it was “unfortunately” not surprising that the road between Fort Nelson and his city took such a high spot “It’s a wicked stretch of road, it always has been.”

Dawson Creek Personal In jury Lawyers Explain Recent Catastrophic Injury Case

MVA accident injuries in Fort St John and Dawson Creek can include whiplash, soft tissue injury, broken bones, thoracic outlet syndrome, psychological injuries such as PTSD, paralysis, brain injuries and  MTBI amongst other serious injuries. It is important you hire a top personal injury lawyer such as one of the skilled lawyers at MacLean Personal Injury immediately so we can help you get the best medical attention and so that we can develop a winning strategy for dealing with ICBC.

In the case Van v. Howlett, the plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. 

[1]             The plaintiff, Sallen Hua Van, suffered significant injuries in a motor vehicle accident that happened shortly before 5:00 AM on July 18, 2007.  Ms. Van was a front seat passenger and was ejected from the vehicle in the violent aftermath of the collision.  The most serious of her injuries was, and remains, permanent traumatic brain injury. 

Mr. Justice Grauer awarded damages at the maximum amount of $351,000 in non-pecuniary damages stating:

[26]         Dr. Jason Clement, a radiologist and a specialist in neuroimaging, provided the lead opinion concerning Ms. Van’s brain injury, and I do not hesitate to accept his evidence.  He noted that MRI investigation disclosed severe diffuse axonal injury (“DAI”) including grade 1, 2 and 3 lesions, as well as additional intracranial injuries in the form of subdural and subarachnoid haemorrhage.  A grade 3 DAI lesion involves the brainstem and is the most severe grade.  These lesions act as markers for diffuse underlying injury throughout the brain resulting in significant chronic cognitive dysfunction and impairment in all cognitive domains.  In fact, Dr. Clement explained, this type of injury is more consistent with people in a persistent vegetative state, which Ms. Van is not. 

[27]         The severe DAI sustained by Ms. Van is also known to trigger progressive cerebral atrophy leading to an increased risk of progressive cognitive decline and premature dementia.  In addition, the multiple focal brain injuries have left her with a lifelong increased risk of seizures. 

[28]         Dr. Clement explained that people do not recover from this sort of injury, and that the treatment focus must be on reducing further decline to the extent possible.

[29]         Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy, a specialist in forensic psychiatry, also testified, and I accept his evidence as well.  In his first report, dated November 25, 2009, he noted that Ms. Van was by then two years post-accident and deemed to be at the maximum level of recovery.  She was left with considerable deficits.  These included significant cognitive impairment with problems in short-term memory, awareness, and tangential thinking (so that in conversation, it is necessary to keep bringing her back to the point where the discussion started). 

[50]         On the evidence before me, I have no difficulty in concluding that the injuries suffered by Ms. Van are catastrophic.  We are, in any practical sense, our brains.  A brain injury of this degree of severity is a loss of one’s very self.  Like Ms. Spehar, Ms. Van “has lost what to many is one of the most valuable aspects of being an adult human — the ability to have control over one’s own life” (Spehar at para 13).  No aspect of her life, including her closest relationships, has been left unimpaired.  Her outlook for the future is dismal.  Her days are filled with pain and frustration.  There is no possibility of recovery.  The best she can hope for is that her deterioration will be slowed, and that her anger, frustration and depression can be addressed through medication and distraction.  At worst, she will experience a premature and accelerated descent into dementia, losing what little has been left to her.

[51]         In these circumstances, I conclude that Ms. Van is entitled to an award at the upper limit.  I assess her non-pecuniary damages at $351,000.

Dawson Creek Personal Injury Lawyers can really help take the confusion and anxiety out of the aftermath of a Dawson Creek car accident injury 250-262-5052.

 



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