A Congolese refugee living in Vancouver has been awarded more than $1-million for a car crash that made his post-traumatic stress disorder worse.
39 year old Olivier Shongu lives in Vancouver with his wife and three daughters, and is a survivor of the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war.
He witnessed his father and mother being killed before coming to Canada as a refugee in 2005.
Years later Shongu was involved in a car accident in Richmond which he says triggered nightmares and daytime hallucinations of the atrocities he experienced in the Congo.
Now a B.C. Supreme Court judge has awarded him more than $1-million in damages.
“Mr. Shongu has suffered a profound loss as a result of the accident. His ability to pursue and enjoy his social, athletic and family life have been significantly impaired. He is fearful of leaving his home.”
That money, going to cover the cost of lost past and future earnings, loss of homemaking abilities, and the cost of future medical care.
The other driver denied liability for the crash and argued that Shongu’s injuries were from a pre-existing condition.
But the judge found Shongu’s past bouts with PTSD had been under control at the time of the crash, and rejected allegations he suffered from schizophrenia.