Rajan v. Hudon, 2014 BCSC 1678
RHE wins $430,000 in damages for injured client involved in three motor vehicle accidents suffering from chronic pain and diminished ability to work.
John Rice and Michael Elliott were trial counsel for Ashraf Rajan, an operating room nurse and mother of two, who was involved in three motor vehicle accidents. The Plaintiff said the accidents, and especially the third accident, caused her significant injury, chronic pain, and a grossly diminished her ability to continue working until retirement as a nurse.
A few weeks before trial ICBC hired three different sets of defense lawyers to defend the claim against our lawyers in the courtroom. They alleged the Plaintiff was exaggerating her injuries and urged the trial judge to award very little compensation. Testifying on behalf of our client were her husband, mother in law, former and current supervisors from Burnaby General Hospital, colleagues with whom Mrs. Rajan worked, along with a number of medical specialists and occupational therapists.
The trial judge awarded Mrs. Rajan almost $430,000 in damages including: $90,000 for pain and suffering, $79,000 for past loss of income earning capacity, $225,000 for lifetime loss of income earning capacity, which amounted to about three years of gross earnings for an operating room nurse, $28,000 for future care, and $6,730 for out of pocket expenses, plus costs and disbursements.