Supreme Court

Motor Vehicles

Accident claims funds

Practice and procedure

Civil action against third parties barred by application of Automobile Insurance Act (Que.)

Availability of civil liability remedies. Victims, injured in automobile accidents, also suffered aggravated or separate injuries due to subsequent faults attributable to third parties. Civil action against third parties barred by application of public compensation scheme under Automobile Insurance Act (Que.). Compensation scheme limiting compensation exclusively to amounts paid pursuant to scheme in circumstances where sufficiently close link between bodily injury and automobile accident is established. In such cases, the scheme covers the whole of the injury and confers civil immunity on everyone in respect of those injuries. Fact that compensation was claimed and received pursuant to compensation scheme, however, not constituting waiver of any civil action.

Godbout c. Pagé (2017), 2017 CarswellQue 1646, 2017 CarswellQue 1647, 2017 SCC 18, 2017 CSC 18, McLachlin C.J.C., Abella J., Karakatsanis J., Wagner J., Gascon J., Côté J., and Brown J. (S.C.C.); affirmed (2015), 2015 CarswellQue 646, 2015 QCCA 225, (C.A. Que.)

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