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Settlement Reached for Client's Estate

Attorney David J. Kneeland, Jr. recently represented the Estate of a woman who was struck and killed by a commercial motor vehicle while walking her dog and attempting to cross the street by way of a cross-walk. Attorney Kneeland's client was a 67 year old woman who was temporarily residing with her brother in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Attorney Kneeland entered into a short period of litigation which quickly resulted in the parties engaging in mediation. As a result of the mediation, Attorney Kneeland was able to settle the case on behalf of his client's estate for the sum of $475,000.00.

Although liability was clear, as Attorney Kneeland's client was in the cross-walk when she was struck, the case had significant difficulties. At the time of accident, the deceased was 67 years old and left no spouse or children behind, leaving the only heir to her estate being her mother. Attorney Kneeland's client was also unemployed for several years at the time of her death and there was little evidence that his client endured any conscious pain and suffering as a result of the accident.

However, given the difficulties of the case, Attorney Kneeland was able to present and convince the mediator that the victim's mother had suffered the loss of a child and his client's Estate should still be compensated for the loss of his client. Although, the victim's mother was still distraught over the loss of her grown child, she was satisfied knowing that Attorney Kneeland effectively acted in the best interest of her deceased child's interest.

Attorney Kneeland is the managing partner at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski.  www.gskandg.com

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