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Man awarded $2 million after car accident, found to be a thin skull

The recent decision of Murphy v. Hofer 2018 BCSC 869, exemplifies the "thin skull" principle in the law.  The thin skull rule makes the defendant liable for the plaintiff’s injuries even if the injuries are unexpectedly severe owing to a pre-existing yet stable condition. The plaintiff, Leo Murphy, (“Mr. Murphy”) asked for money damages for injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on November 29, 2013 (the “Accident”). The defendants admitted liability for the Accident. However, they disputed the extent of the damages Mr. Murphy alleged he suffered.  They alleged that the plaintiff was not a thin skull. At the...

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