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Bertuzzi-Moore Settlement and Your ICBC Injury Claim

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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On March 8, 2004, Steve Moore's professional hockey career came to an abrupt end.

Yes, its been a little over ten years since that fateful night at GM Place.

The details of how Todd Bertuzzi chased down and pummelled Moore are now well known.

But word has it that the compensation claim which Moore brought against Bertuzzi and others has only just recently been settled.

And speculation is that Moore's settlement was in the range of $25-30 million dollars.

So what does any settlement of the Bertuzzi-Moore case have to do with your ICBC injury claim?

Well, it teaches you that the big ticket item in many personal injury claims is loss of income earning capacity.

Here's the thing. In Canada the maximum a court can award an injured person for their pain and suffering is approximately $350,000.

That's right. If you get badly brain injured or suffer a severe spinal cord injury as a result of an accident that's it for pain and suffering.

As a result, when a younger person ( such as Steve Moore) is injured and settles his/her injury claim for seven figures the majority of the compensation is usually for loss of future income earning capacity and/or future care requirements.

The pain and suffering component of most seven figure settlements or awards is really quite modest.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers


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