In the recently published case of Singh v. Clay, 2011 BCSC 1172, Mr. Justice Greyell awarded $65,0000 in non-pecuniary damages to a plaintiff who sustained thoracic outlet syndrome (a condition involving pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers and a weak grip) as a result of a series of car accidents. The plaintiff’s condition caused him to experience difficulty holding his hands above his head and caused his left arm and shoulder to go numb. His symptoms had lasted four and a half years by the time of trial and affected him at home and at work. There was a difference in expert opinion respecting whether the plaintiff’s symptoms would resolve in the future, leading the Court to find that the plaintiff’s prognosis was “mixed”. No expert evidence was led by the Defendants.
Diminished Capacity in ICBC Injury Case
The plaintiff was awarded a further $40,000 in lost earning capacity and $5,000 for loss of housekeeping capacity. With respect to the first award, the Court found that there was a real possibility of the plaintiff losing his job during his lifetime. On that point, Mr. Justice Greyell said the following:
 I am satisfied there is a real and substantial possibility Mr. Singh may lose his job at Leading Edge at some time during his lifetime. He obtained his job at Leading Edge when his previous employer shut down its Burnaby plant. Leading Edge had done contract work with that employer. When he joined his current employer there were some 40 employees. As a result of the loss of its biggest customer the workforce has shrunk to some 12 employees. The fact the workforce has been at this level mitigates against any prospect Mr. Singh may lose his job in the immediate future. However the facts demonstrate there is transition and risk inherent in his employment in his industry.