Accident Victim Awarded $448,000 Despite Cannabis Abuse

In the case of Schneider v Smith & RACQ Insurance [2016] QSC 047, the Court was faced with determining the impact of accident injuries on the Plaintiff’s pre-accident lifestyle and employment against a strenuous argument by the Defendants that the Plaintiff’s cannabis abuse was a main cause of any claimed psychiatric condition and loss of earning capacity, and his general “surfer” attitude should reduce any economic loss award…