Ontario crash victim receives highest damage award in Canadian legal history

    $18.4 million damages for severely injured teenager

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - A Beeton, Ontario woman has received the highest
ever damage award in Canada for injuries suffered in a car accident, in a
decision by Ontario's Superior Court of Justice.
    Katherine-Paige MacNeil, who was 15 when the accident occurred on August
2, 2002, was awarded more than $18.4 million by Justice Peter Howden.
    MacNeil, now 22, suffered a severe brain injury after the car in which
she was a back seat passenger ran a stop sign at the end of a concession road
north of Toronto and flew across Highway 89, landing in a ditch.
    MacNeil's lawyer, John McLeish of McLeish Orlando in Toronto, fought the
case for the MacNeil family. "This judgment will safeguard Katherine-Paige's
future and ensure that she has the highest quality of life possible." says
    The court also awarded record amounts to Katherine-Paige's parents and
brother, who have provided around the clock support to Katherine-Paige
following the collision.
    "The decision shows that our courts are now willing to give greater
recognition to parents who shoulder the burden of care-giving," says McLeish.

For further information:

For further information: Sunita Gurung, McLeish Orlando LLP, (416)
366-3311 ext. 2322, jmcleish@mcleishorlando.com

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