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Use of 'crumbling skull' doctrine leads to new trial in B.C. court

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 9:00 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a personal injury case, finding that “the use of the phrase ‘crumbling skull’ to describe a plaintiff’s condition is, in any event, rarely helpful” and that complete analysis by the court is required.

In Gordon v. Ahn 2017 BCCA 221, the court heard that the plaintiff, Breanna Gordon, was injured in a car accident in August 2009. Gordon became depressed after the accident, and her depression was linked to the pain from her injuries...