SELECTED CASE SUMMARIES (Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The amounts recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.)
80 year old client’s husband was killed in a car accident that was not his fault. We acted for the deceased man’s widow, two adult children and three grandchildren in a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. While lawsuits in Ontario can often take several years to get to trial, the goal for our elderly client was to move the case forward as fast as possible. From the date we began the lawsuit, we were able to obtain a jury trial date within less than 14 months. Due to the speed of the case and the quality of our evidence, the defendants’ insurance company settled the case for over $575,000 shortly before trial.
Client was a 61 years old engineer when he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking across a street in downtown Toronto. As a result of the accident, he suffered a serious brain injury. He had no memory of the accident and there were no eyewitnesses other than the driver of the vehicle. The driver testified that our client was at fault for the accident by “darting” in front of the vehicle. Through careful questioning of the driver under oath and with the aid of an accident reconstruction expert, we were able to successfully argue that the driver was significantly at fault for failing to see our client and avoiding the collision. Our client was unable to return to any form of work after the accident. All of our client’s claims were ultimately settled for $1,730,000.
Our client’s husband was 47 years old when he was tragically killed by a truck while riding his bicycle to work in Toronto. Our goal in the case was to achieve the best result as quickly as possible so that the family could put all legal issues behind them and move forward to rebuild the family unit. We were able to achieve a settlement of $1,960,000 within one year of the accident.
Client was 60 years old when he was involved in a fairly minor chain reaction collision. The client was living on social assistance disability payments due to a long-standing medical condition. In the accident his car was struck from behind and pushed into the vehicle in front of him. Although he was able to walk after the accident, he did not know he had sustained an unstable micro fracture in his thoracic spine. Ten days later, while walking to his car, he collapsed when the fracture displaced and permanently damaged his spinal cord. He has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. We faced a very difficult fight proving that his paraplegia was caused by an accident which had occurred 10 days earlier. We were able to settle all of the client’s claims for $2,280,000.
Our client’s infant daughter was 3 years old when she was bitten in the face by a friend’s dog. It is not known why the dog bit the young girl, but it did not matter for our case. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act establishes strict liability on the owner of a dog who bites a person. We pursued an action against not only the owners of the dog but also the friends of the owners who were taking care of the dog at the time of the attack. Our client’s daughter was left with noticeable scarring on her cheek and temple. In the end, the court approved judgment of $400,000 which is held in trust for the young girl and will be paid out to her in interval lump sums when she reaches adulthood.
Client was a 29 year old emergency medical technician when she was involved in a serious head-on collision. She suffered a severely fractured and dislocated kneecap which required extensive surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. It was likely she would require a knee replacement in the future and her job as an EMT was severely affected. Despite our client’s excellent pre-accident health and physical fitness, she was not able to return to her full pre-accident duties. Her case was settled for $775,0