What are the purposes of non-pecuniary damages in a personal injury action?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Ackermann v Pandher, 2017 BCSC 880 (CanLII):

The purpose of non-pecuniary damages is to compensate a plaintiff for "pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities": Jackson v. Lai, 2007 BCSC 1023 at para. 134.

Among the factors that can influence the amount of the award are the age of the plaintiff, the nature of the injury, the severity and duration of the pain, and the degree of disability, emotional suffering and impairment of life experienced by the plaintiff, including impairment of their important relationships and lifestyle pursuits: Stapley v. Hejslet, 2006 BCCA 34, at para. 46.

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