Preszler Law BC is excited to announce that Dairn Shane was recently successful in securing a $1,800,000 verdict for a seriously injured client after a three week jury trial. An award this large is extremely rare in British Columbia and represents a significant accomplishment. Most lawyers will never achieve such a result throughout their entire career.
Dairn’s client was a pedestrian struck in a crosswalk who suffered a concussion and a serious, debilitating psychological injury. His injuries prevented him from working and significantly impacted his relationship with his son and wife.
ICBC took the position that Dairn’s client was faking his injuries and that he had actually recovered. Unfortunately, psychological injuries are “invisible injuries” that ICBC can be very suspicious of. You cannot, for example, diagnose a psychological injury by looking at an X-Ray or an MRI.
The jury strongly disagreed with ICBC, awarding significant damages for pain and suffering, loss of income and future medical expenses.
This jury decision comes off of the heels of the Supreme Court of Canada victory in the Saadati v. Moorehead, where Dairn successfully argued for an expansion of the test for psychological injuries. The Saadati decision formed a part of the law the jury considered when making their verdict.
Dairn and the entire Preszler Law team consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to create new law at the Supreme Court of Canada and then use it to a client’s advantage at trial, all in the same year.
Congratulations to Dairn and his client!
*past results are not indicative of future results