A Vancouver lawyer has secured a remarkably large award of $6 million for injuries sustained when a colleague at the law firm of Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP fell back on her while dancing. What is striking is that Michelle Marie Danicek, 32 was able to get full payment for her future earnings as a lawyer in the case.
Danicek had been drinking at a bar with her colleagues when around 12:30 am colleague Jeremy Martin Poole when Mr. Poole stumbled and fell backward onto her. She hit her head and later complained about headaches and “cognitive deficit.” Then, it got more complex when she was rear-ended while driving. She argued that the accident exacerbated the injuries from the nightclub incident and resulted in chronic and debilitating headaches.
She was given a medical leave but later terminated by the law firm.
The B.C. Supreme Court awarded over $5-million in loss of earnings capacity and $1-million in other damages for physical injuries.
Once you are allowed to include the lost wages, the figure becomes quite high for a young lawyer since most lawyers today practice into their 60s and 70s.
Danicek no longer practices law and is described by her lawyer as leading ” a very sedate, quiet lifestyle”
Source: National Post