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Nanaimo Cyclist Awarded $1.2 Million from ICBC


Posted on Mar 19, 2014

It’s a sad fact of life that cyclists are usually going to come off worse after a collision with a car. Just think about it. The chances are you’re going to be better protected if you’re encased in a metal box than if you’re on a bike. As a result cyclists can suffer serious injuries as a result of a collision.

That’s certainly the case for Nanaimo resident Anthony Riding-Brown who in 2009 was involved in a collision with a driver who later admitted liability. The cyclist, who was 32 at the time of the accident, suffered serious injuries to his knee and has since undergone a staggering seven surgeries in order to try and rectify his problems.

A father of two, Riding-Brown’s problems mean that he now has a pronounced limp and persistent pain. That means he can’t play with his kids and he can’t continue in his job as a labourer.

Compensation

During his recent trial the judge recognised that Mr Riding-Brown’s injuries had compromised his enjoyment of his family, his job and that his ability to enjoy social and sporting activities. In short the accident has changed his life forever. As a result the judge opted to award him almost $1.2 million in damages.

The settlement included an award of $250,000 for loss of past income, $450,000 for loss of future income and $200,000 for pain and suffering. Mr Riding-Brown also received $210,000 for future care, $60,000 for loss of being able to be useful around the house and $24,000 in special damages.

The lesson

Mr. Riding-Brown’s case not only shows the damage that a collision between a cyclist and a car can cause, but also the lasting impact it can have on someone’s life.

His compensation settlement is also an opportunity to look at the type of issues you need to consider if you’re a cyclist that’s been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Loss of future earnings, your quality of life and your ability to spend time with your family are all key concerns when it comes to your compensation claim.

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