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The Importance of Plaintiff Credibility in Determining Causation

Amy MacGregor
March 2019 Cox & Palmer, Nova Scotia

A recent Nova Scotia Supreme Court case, Gale v Purcell, 2018 NSSC 319, demonstrates how the credibility of a plaintiff can play a central role in assessing causation in a motor vehicle accident. On September 19, 2006, the Plaintiff, Angela Marie Gale (“Gale”) sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident (“2006 MVA”). On March 23, 2010, Gale was involved in another motor vehicle accident in which the Defendant, George D. Purcell (“Purcell”), rear—ended her vehicle (“2010 MVA”). Gale sought damages from Purcell, who claimed that all of Gale’s injuries were originally caused by the 2006 MVA.

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