Pallos v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia, 53 BCAC 310

JudgeMcEachern, C.J.B.C., Goldie and Finch, JJ.A.
CourtCourt of Appeal (British Columbia)
Case DateJanuary 03, 1995
JurisdictionBritish Columbia
Citations53 BCAC 310;(1995), 53 B.C.A.C. 310 (CA);1995 CanLII 2871 (BC CA);52 ACWS (3d) 458;[1995] BCJ No 2 (QL);[1995] CarswellBC 2;100 BCLR (2d) 260;[1995] 3 WWR 728

Pallos v. ICBC (1995), 53 B.C.A.C. 310 (CA);

    87 W.A.C. 310

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Walter Pallos (plaintiff/appellant) v. Insurance Company of British Columbia (defendant/respondent)

(CA014230)

Indexed As: Pallos v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia

British Columbia Court of Appeal

McEachern, C.J.B.C., Goldie and Finch, JJ.A.

January 3, 1995.

Summary:

The plaintiff sued for damages for injuries suffered when struck by an unidentified vehicle. The trial judge allowed the action, but found the plaintiff 50 percent con­tributorily negligent. The plaintiff appealed that finding, plus the judge's failure to award him damages for future loss of earning capacity.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal, McEachern, C.J.B.C., dissenting, allowed the appeal on both issues.

Damages - Topic 1549

General damages - For personal injury - Impairment of earning capacity - The British Columbia Court of Appeal dis­cussed the different approaches for assess­ing damages for future loss of earning capacity, i.e., the "capital asset" approach and the "real possibility" approach - See paragraphs 23 to 29, 43.

Cases Noticed:

Steenblok v. Funk (1990), 46 B.C.L.R.(2d) 133 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 17].

Andrews et al. v. Grand & Toy (Alberta) Ltd. et al., [1978] 2 S.C.R. 229; 19 N.R. 50; 8 A.R. 182; [1978] 1 W.W.R. 577; 83 D.L.R.(3d) 452; 3 C.C.L.T. 225, refd to. [para. 23].

Earnshaw v. Despins (1990), 45 B.C.L.R.(2d) 380 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 23].

Palmer v. Goodall (1991), 53 B.C.L.R.(2d) 44 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 23].

Kwei et al. v. Boisclair et al. (1991), 6 B.C.A.C. 314; 13 W.A.C. 314; 60 B.C.L.R.(2d) 393 (C.A.), appld. [para. 24].

Statutes Noticed:

Court of Appeal Act, S.B.C. 1982, c. 7, sect. 9(1) [para. 33].

Counsel:

Art E. Vertlieb, for the appellant;

John P. Lauener, for the respondent.

This appeal was heard on December 2, 1994, at Vancouver, British Columbia, before McEachern, C.J.B.C., Goldie and Finch, JJ.A., of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

On January 3, 1995, the judgment of the court was rendered and the following opin­ions were filed:

Finch, J.A. (Goldie, J.A., concurring) - see paragraphs 1 to 44;

McEachern, C.J.B.C., dissenting - see paragraphs 45 to 62.

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    • Canada
    • Remedies: The Law of Damages. Third Edition Preliminary Sections
    • 21 Junio 2014
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