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Vancouver ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

Vancouver ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

You have probably heard of post traumatic stress disorder which is also known for short as PTSD. Did you know that many injured car accident victims suffer from Vancouver ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD? Similarly, someone who suffered from PTSD in the past can have their symptoms reactivated by a Vancouver ICBC car accident.

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ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

“Thin Skull” principle applied to emotional fallout: the trauma of a motor vehicle accident can cause a relapse in psychiatric illnesses. In this week’s blog on a ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD case the court dealt with how an accident exacerbated a prior condition.

In the recent decision of Shongu v. Jing, 2016 BCSC 901, the Plaintiff successfully argued that a motor vehicle accident caused his symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to re-occur in the face of a significant history of psychiatric complaints.

The Plaintiff, Mr. Shongu, had suffered historic serious PTSD due to horrific experiences he had in the Congo. After emigrating to Canada, Mr. Shongu sought appropriate treatment and these symptoms were brought under control; however, following a motor vehicle accident, the Plaintiff’s PTSD symptoms reappeared and his mental state deteriorated. It was agreed by the parties that Mr. Shongu was disabled as a result of his condition, however it was the defendant’s argument that Mr. Shongu had a “crumbling skull”; meaning that he would have ended up in his degraded state, in any event of the accident. The defence in the case tried to minimize the ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD connection to the accident. The trial judge did not accept the ICBC defence approach in this recent Vancouver ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD case.

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The court identified the prevailing issue as follows, at paragraph 61:

I, therefore, must decide what has caused Mr. Shongu’s present condition. In particular, I must decide whether Mr. Shongu’s present condition is the natural progression of pre-existing psychiatric illness or whether there is a substantial connection between his present psychological condition and the injuries he suffered in the accident.”

After a careful analysis of the expert evidence, Mr. Justice Sewell found that the Plaintiff’s disability was substantially connected to the accident in question:

“I have concluded that Mr. Shongu’s present disability is the result of a combination of his pre-existing psychiatric vulnerability, the chronic pain from his physical injuries, and the effect of the medications he is taking to control his symptoms.  I find it more likely than not that it is the interaction of all three factors that have caused Mr. Shongu’s disability. I am satisfied that there is a substantial connection between the injuries he suffered in the accident and his present symptoms.  That substantial connection is sufficient to impose liability on Ms. Li.

The court further found that the Plaintiff lost past income, and significant future income as a result of his disability. Mr. Shongu was awarded a total of $1,080,000.00 in damages.

Our compassionate a no nonsense Vancouver ICBC Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD lawyers will meet with you for free and get you the specialized help you need to enable you to begin to heal. While you’re healing, we will  carefully and thoroughly prepare the strategy to help you obtain the highest possible fair damage award.

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