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    HomeThe Largest Spinal Cord Injury

    Oatley Vigmond achieved the largest spinal cord injury judgment in Canadian history.

    CASE NAME: Gordon and Morrison v. Greig
    DATE: 2008
    JUDGMENT: $24m (less a reduction of 15% for contributory negligence)
    LAWYER: Roger Oatley, James Vigmond


    Two young men suffered severe injuries because of negligence of drunk driver including a brain injury and becoming a paraplegic. The defense in the case was our clients were not wearing seat belts and that the two young men knew the driver was intoxicated. The brain injured client needed 24 hour care because of his impulsivity and poor judgment, which jeopardized his safety.  One of the challenges we faced was convincing the court that a man who looked and sounded fine was so severely impaired.  He would never work because of his brain injury.


    This case is demonstrative of the caliber and quality of our lawyers. We have taken the most difficult cases to court. A trial case is very different than a settlement, where the insurance company concedes responsibility and negotiates a financial dispensation. Trial cases are when our lawyers litigate in court to prove responsibility and the compensation that is appropriate. This specific case resulted in the largest judgment of its kind in Canadian history.