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B.C. lawyer seriously injured by bodycheck during rec hockey game suing

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A Vancouver lawyer who says he suffered significant injuries from being bodychecked into the boards while playing a rec hockey game is suing for "very significant" compensation after he was forced to quit work.

According to a notice of claim filed in the B.C. Supreme Court, in February 2020 lawyer John Dyer, a partner at his firm, was playing in a no-hit hockey league when he was hit into the boards by opposition player Dave Harris.

"The hit was against the rules of the game and the league which specifically states 'body checking is not part of our game,'" the notice of claim reads.

The 53-year-old lawyer returned to work at his Lower Mainland firm for a few months after the incident but then went on long-term disability shortly afterwards.

Dyer claims the hit resulted in a traumatic brain injury, along with injuries to his neck and damage to soft tissue. He says he now suffers from headaches.

In a court filing, Harris denied liability.

According to a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision, Dyer reports feeling "unsettled" and being bothered by lights and feelings of "too much coming in."

"He experiences dizziness and issues with concentration and memory. With respect to work he feels 'overloaded.' He noted that his work as a lawyer requires him to create arguments, ideas and give opinions, and he finds this, along with reading, exhausting," the decision reads.

The notice of claim doesn't specify what dollar figure Dyer is seeking, the court documents refer to it as a "potentially significant claim" which will take into account past and future wage loss.

The case is set to go to trial next year, but the pair were recently in court arguing about what medical examinations need to take place.

Harris' lawyers have organized four independent medical examinations to be undertaken and some assessments have already been done.

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