On July 8, 1998, Elwin Taylor died in the Emergency Department of the Peterborough Civic Hospital as a result of a heart attack. He was just short of reaching 58 years of age. A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr. Taylor had severe coronary artery disease (CAD).
The trial took place before The Honourable Mr. Justice H. Spiegel over a period of three weeks in February and March 2006. The Plaintiffs succeeded in establishing negligence against the Defendant Doctor.
Within the endorsement of The Honourable Mr. Justice H. Spiegel, His Honour stated:
… the evidence regarding life expectancy was very complex and required considerable skill to properly present.
While it is true that Mr. Mandel had just achieved 10 years seniority at the bar at the commencement of trial, he conducted the trial with a degree of skill and expertise which far exceeded his level of seniority.