Thibodeau v. Dumais, 2014 NBQB 274

Judge:Rideout, J.
Court:Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick
Case Date:December 09, 2014
Jurisdiction:New Brunswick
Citations:2014 NBQB 274;(2014), 429 N.B.R.(2d) 269 (TD)

Thibodeau v. Dumais (2014), 429 N.B.R.(2d) 269 (TD);

    429 R.N.-B.(2e) 269; 1119 A.P.R. 269

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Temp. Cite: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JA.001

Renvoi temp.: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JA.001

Michel Thibodeau (plaintiff) v. Eric Dumais, Shelley Crossman, Stephen LeBlanc and Pierre Levesque (defendants)

(M/C/223/2014; 2014 NBQB 274; 2014 NBBR 274)

Indexed As: Thibodeau v. Dumais et al.

Répertorié: Thibodeau v. Dumais et al.

New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench

Trial Division

Judicial District of Moncton

Rideout, J.

December 22, 2014.



The plaintiff was rendered a full paraplegic when struck by a motor vehicle operated by one of the defendants. The plaintiff sued the defendants and brought a motion for an advance payment of special damages pursuant to s. 265.6 of the Insurance Act.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, granted the motion.

Practice - Topic 5205

Trials - General - Advance payment of damages - The plaintiff was rendered a full paraplegic when struck by the defendants' vehicle - The plaintiff sued four defendants, including the defendant that struck him, and moved for an advance payment of special damages (Insurance Act, s. 265.6) - The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, stated that the plaintiff should not be denied an advance payment because it was difficult to determine the degrees of liability amongst the defendants - The court was more than 50% certain that some or all the defendants' liability would be established at trial - The court awarded an advance amount of $149,105.22 - Since two of the defendants were effectively one defendant, the court split the requirement to pay advance damages three ways.

Procédure - Cote 5205

Procès - Généralités - Paiement anticipé de dommages-intérêts - [Voir Practice - Topic 5205 ].

Cases Noticed:

Smith v. Agnew (2001), 240 N.B.R.(2d) 63; 622 A.P.R. 63; 2001 NBCA 83, refd to. [para. 20].

Maguire v. Padt, [2014] O.J. No. 5356, refd to. [para. 21].

Martin v. Richford et al. (2001), 243 N.B.R.(2d) 319; 631 A.P.R. 319 (T.D.), refd to. [para. 21].

Babineau v. Morrill (2007), 321 N.B.R.(2d) 270; 270; 827 A.P.R. 270; 2007 NBQB 310, refd to. [para. 23].

Fasquel v. Boucher (2011), 374 N.B.R.(2d) 339; 965 A.P.R. 339; 2011 NBQB 150, refd to. [para. 23].

Melanson v. MacKay, [2004] N.B.R.(2d) Uned. 41; 2004 NBQB 127, refd to. [para. 28].

Rintoul v. X-Ray and Radium Industries Ltd., [1956] S.C.R. 674, refd to. [para. 28].

Statutes Noticed:

Insurance Act, R.S.N.B. 1973, c. I-12, sect. 265.6 [para. 18].

Rules of Court (N.B.), rule 47.03(3) [para. 19].



Nathalie Bourque, for Michel Thibodeau;

Charles Foster, Q.C., for Éric Dumais

Bruce Grant, for Shelley Crossman;

J. William Colette, for Stephen LeBlanc;

Cynthia J. Benson, for Pierre Levesque.

This matter was heard in Moncton, N.B., on December 9, 2014, before Rideout, J., of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, Judicial District of Moncton, who delivered the following decision on December 22, 2014.

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