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Gardner v. Hann

Mar 30, 2012

In this 2012 2 month personal injury jury trial, Mr. Shekter was successful in obtaining a $2.2 million jury verdict on behalf of a 16 year old injury young who was 23 years old at the time of the trial including a $112,000 verdict on behalf of her mother. The case created a new category of damages for the uninjured family members - in this instance, the mother’s Family Law Act claim. It was based on evidence that the Mother had to keep on ‘stand-by’ to be available to her daughter who had increased difficulties as a result of the accident. The damages awarded for future loss of income were based on the theory, accepted by the jury,  that because of the accident the plaintiff would no longer be able to become a school teacher. Mr. Shekter was also successful in obtaining a costs award of approximately $800,000 which increased substantially the plaintiffs’ net recovery in the case. The defendant appealed the verdict but abandoned the appeal.

The trial judge, Madam Justice Darla A. Wilson, remarked in her reasons awarding substantial costs in favour of Mr. Shekter’s client, “Mr. Shekter was extremely well-prepared throughout the trial and the success of his work is reflected in the jury verdict”.

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