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Cooper-Stephenson, K. (1995). Women’s earnings and personal injury – A Canadian perspective: Wynn v NSW Insurance Ministerial Corporation. High court review, 1, 11 pp.



The plaintiff in Wynn v NSW Insurance Ministerial Corporation [1] had been an employee of American Express. If a rubric is needed for the case, it might be: "Don't leave work ... (Without It)" [2]. This note will focus on particular issues raised in the case concerning the assessment of damages for personal injury. A summary of the facts relevant to those issues includes the following. The plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident in 1986 when she was approximately 30 years old. Prior to the accident she had established herself as a successful high-salaried businesswoman with American Express, it was "abundantly clear from the entirety of her evidence that she was very much career oriented..." [3]. Her pre-accident salary netted in excess of $60,000 per year. Furthermore, her health was excellent despite a previous accident; and during the period prior to 1986 she had been an active and vigorous participant in a range of fitness and sporting activities, both competitive and social. After the accident the plaintiff struggled to retain her pre-accident job, but because of her injuries was unable to do so. Instead, she had been working in a family business on a limited basis, and had subsequently married and had a child.

[1] [2] [3] See notes in article.

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