Based on the following sampling of case law, the range for general damages awarded for suffering from pelvis injuries as a result of an accident is between $69,767 – $205,753 [adjusted for 2022 inflation rates]. The general damage award amounts for each individual case below have not been adjusted for inflation. For your convenience, the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator can be accessed here.
As described in our General Damages Guide, these awards are only for general damages which compensate you for your pain and suffering. There are other types of damages that you may be entitled to claim, such as lost income and medical care costs, depending on the circumstances of your case. To assess the total value of your injury claim, try our Injury Claim Calculator or book a free consultation.
The case law
Leslie v. S&B Apartment Holdings Ltd., 2011 NSSC 48
- The 26-year-old plaintiff suffered injuries when she jumped from a third-storey window in order to escape a fire in her apartment. She suffered a pelvic ring injury with bilateral fractures to her pelvis, a fracture to her right elbow, and a broken rib. She underwent surgery to repair her hip fractures. She was in hospital for almost two months, after which she recuperated at the home of her sister who prepared meals for her and assisted her in dressing and using the bathroom. Her family also assisted with caring for her special-needs children. At the time of trial, she complained of ongoing pain in her pelvis. She had discomfort with extended sitting or standing and walked with a limp. Her family physician placed her on permanent disability. Her pre-existing psychological conditions were exacerbated, and she was diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder. She was awarded $55,000 in general damages.
Vogler v. Szendroi, 2010 NSSC 390
- The 21-year-old plaintiff was a back seat passenger in a motor vehicle collision which caused him to be thrown from the vehicle. He suffered a fractured skull, axonal shear brain injury, fractured ribs and pelvis, bruised lung, punctured lung and other injuries. While most of his injuries healed over time, his severe brain injury improved slightly but left him with lasting effects such as; memory and information processing impairment, blurred vision, and problems with depth perception. He also has permanent scarring on his arm. He received $150,000 in general damages.
- The 39-year-old plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle collision in which he lost consciousness and was admitted to the hospital for 8 days. He suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, pneumothorax, fractured pelvis and iliac crest, and injuries to his hip, ribs, eye, and abdomen. The injuries had a devastating impact on his ability to enjoy life. He now avoided interactions with people, feeling he had a low-tolerance for socializing, and was no longer bright, articulate, confident, or capable. He was able to be in a store as he was a retail store manager prior to the accident, however, his inability to service customers led to many complaints. As such, he would never hold gainful employment in the future. He received $125,000 in general damages.
Johnson v. Milton (Town), 2008 ONCA 440
- The 31-year-old plaintiff suffered a fracture to her pelvis as a result of a bicycling accident. Her husband was killed in the accident. 14 years post-accident, she continued to experience pain, and her pain was expected to continue indefinitely. Her ability to work and perform normal household duties had been compromised. She was awarded general damages in the amount of $85,000. On appeal by the defendant, the Court of Appeal dismissed appeal of liability, but allowed appeal regarding contributory negligence, and re-apportioned liability for damages at 60% to defendant and 40% to plaintiff.
- The 18-year-old plaintiff was injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. She suffered a right hemopneumothorax, left pneumothorax, undisplaced pelvic pubic ramus fracture, comminuted mid-shaft fracture of right femur with disruption of vascular supply, left radius fracture of forearm, and right humerus fracture. The plaintiff required multiple surgeries, including a grafting procedure to repair a damaged artery in her leg. She spent 35 days in the hospital. She received $75,000 in general damages.
Olson v. General Accident Assurance Co. of Canada, 2001 ABCA 91
- The 47-year-old plaintiff was struck by a vehicle while jogging. The driver did not immediately stop, and the plaintiff was dragged down the road for several feet. He suffered severe injuries including a complete fracture of his left pelvis, a fracture to the left sacrum, a complete separation of the pubic symphysis, compression fracture of the first lumbar vertebrae, fracture of the transverse process of the fifth lumbar vertebrae on the left side, severe abrasions to both shoulders and back, severe bruising, puncture wounds near the lumbar region, and displaced bladder. He spent 6 ½ weeks in the hospital. He was left with permanent partial impairment of 20% – 25%. He received $85,000 in general damages.
Godin v. Plourde Estate, 1996 CanLII 18788 (NB QB)
- The 19-year-old plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle collision that occurred at an intersection. The plaintiff’s injuries were so severe that he did not recall the accident happening. He sustained a severe closed head injury and fractures to his pelvis, left tibia, right fifth metacarpal, left forearm, right wrist, and ribs. As a result of his brain injury, the plaintiff was in a coma for more than one day and suffered cranial nerve deficits, including the loss of smell and change of personality. He was found to be 30% at fault for the accident. General damages were assessed at $120,000.
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