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Large Award Given to B.C. Bus Accident Victim

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Feb 05, 2014

Dr. Daniel Wallman was driving his car east on Lorimer Road when he stopped at a red light. Though the road conditions were slippery, he came to a complete stop and then proceeded when the light turned green.

Unfortunately, a snowplow slid into the intersection and blocked the path of his car. While the doctor was able to stop, the bus behind him was not. The Whistler transit bus rear-ended Dr. Wallman, forever altering his life.

From the Outside, Everything Appeared Fine

If you looked at a picture of the car and driver after the accident, you might assume that both fared well. You would be wrong. Dr. Wallman suffered a severe concussion—more accurately known as a traumatic brain injury—during the accident that caused:

  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Constant headaches
  • Exhaustion
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to focus on a task

While some of the symptoms subsided in the months and years after the crash, others still plague Dr. Wallman to this day.

According to B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill, "The plaintiff continues to have difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering things and multi-tasking, all of which he testified were his fortes prior to the accident."

These difficulties made it impossible for the doctor to continue practicing medicine—effectively ending his career. It was this fact that led the judge to award a total of $5,944,712 in damages. These damages were comprised of $3.6 million for loss of earning capacity as a doctor and $500,000 for loss of earning capacity from his work in real estate.

Our Surrey accident attorneys hope that the judgment will help alleviate the stress of Dr. Wallman's situation and allow him to begin to rebuild his life.    

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