On March 11, 2005, Kalika Webb, who then had just turned 17, was a backseat passenger in a car whose driver failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the roadway resulting in a crash that caused her catastrophic injuries. Her most significant injuries were profound and permanent cognitive impairment and a number of spinal fractures. Some of Kalika’s other injuries included a basal skull fracture, brain swelling, partial hearing loss, bilateral hemiplegia, impaired vision, trauma to her internal organs, a fractured pelvis, lung damage and profound speech impairment. Naturally, Kalika’s life and that of her entire family were profoundly changed by this crash. Sloan Mandel, a partner at Thomson Rogers was honoured to be given the chance to seek compensation for the Webb family.
The settlement was net of a potential seatbelt defence and net of significant past and future collateral benefit entitlements.
It is believed that the result achieved is one of the largest payouts to a victim of an Ontario car accident. Effective demonstrative evidence was presented at mediation, including a well prepared day-in-the-life video. To see a small portion of the video, please click here.
Kalika has gone on to make a remarkable recovery. She recently graduated from high school, with assistance.
We are very thankful for the opportunity we had to meet Kalika and her family and to help them secure compensation. The courage demonstrated by Kalika and her family was truly remarkable and can best be described as “inspirational”.
Sloan Mandel, litigation lawyer for the Webb Family