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Scott Douglas Camassar

Scott Camassar’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • Crockford v. Spencer et al

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff's Verdict: $2,523,500.00
    Description:
    On May 29, 2008, Rev. Kathleen Crockford was rear-ended by an 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer truck while stopped at an intersection on Route 1 in Stonington. The collision and resulting traumatic brain injury would forever change her life and leave her permanently disabled. On June 21, 2012, a federal court jury in Bridgeport returned a verdict in her favor for $2,523,500 ($1,273,500 economic damages and $1,250,000 non-economic damages). The case was tried by Attorneys Scott D. Camassar and Stephen M. Reck. The defendant, Larry Spencer, was an experienced tractor-trailer driver on his way to deliver a load a steel for his employer, Metals USA of Seekonk, MA. Witnesses did not see him slow down before he collided with the back of Rev. Crockford's VW Beetle and pushed it into a third vehicle. Mr. Spencer, who saw the stopped vehicles from as much as 1300' away prior to the collision, claimed his brakes failed. Police determined the brakes were fully functional and Mr. Spencer drove the vehicle away from the scene. Rev. Crockford was flown by Life Star to Hartford Hospital on account of her life-threatening injuries. She was released after four days, after which she was followed by the Hartford Hospital Head Injury Program for two years. She continues to suffer headaches, vertigo, fatigue, lack of stamina, lack concentration and attention, memory loss, slow mental processing, difficulty finding words and speaking fluently, irritability and depression. A two-day defense neuropsychological exam confirmed that her traumatic brain injury is permanent and that she suffers all of the symptoms and problems of which she complains. She requires daily medication to help improve concentration and deal with depression and has to nap every day just to function. At the time of the collision, Rev. Crockford was the full-time solo pastor of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Congregational Church and a part-time book editor, earning an average of about $65,000/year. She was planning to lead her church well into the future, for as long as she was healthy. As a result of the traumatic brain injury, she has been unable to return to work. She incurred about $84,000 in medical bills, and still takes multiple medications costing an average of $150/month. Multiple witnesses testified to the ways her quality of life has been severely diminished. The defendants offered $1.1 million prior to trial, which increased to $1.4 million during the trial. Rev. Crockford is a wonderful person and we are honored to have represented her.
  • Anonymous v. Unnamed Construction Co.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    May 18, 2012
    Outcome:
    Mediated Settlement: $350,000.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff, a welder, was injured in a fall on a construction site allegedly due to the fault of the general contractor. As a result of the fall, he suffered fractured vertebrae and a head injury.
  • Lou v Gallup Hill et al

    Practice Area:
    Slip and Fall Accident
    Date:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Outcome:
    Settlement:$120,000.00
    Description:
    Elderly woman slipped and fell on an accumulation of snow and ice on a sidewalk at her condo complex, fracturing her hip. Suit was filed against the complex and snow removal contractor.
  • Anonymous v. Unnamed Nursing Home

    Practice Area:
    Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
    Date:
    Jul 05, 2011
    Outcome:
    Mediated Settlement: $225,000.00
    Description:
    89-year old woman died after nursing home failed to recognize or respond to obvious signs of severe volume depletion. They failed to properly assess/monitor her fluid intake/output, allowed her to fall twice; and caused or allowed her to become dehydrated and suffer respiratory and renal failure.
  • Estate v. Unnamed Apt & Ambulance Co.

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Dec 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    Settlement after Jury Selection: $845,000.00
    Description:
    The estate of a 75-year old man settled its wrongful death claim for $845,000 against the ambulance company that brought him to and from dialysis and the apartment complex where he lived, after eight days of jury selection and intense negotiations. The man died January 16, 2009 after ambulance employees dropped his wheelchair two days earlier while trying to carry him in it up stairs into his apartment after a dialysis appointment. The wheelchair rolled down five steps and tipped back, causing the victim's head to strike a concrete step, resulting in a traumatic brain injury and massive hemorrhaging. In addition to the negligence of the ambulance, the Estate claimed that the stairs were unsafe and lacked functional handrails, and also claimed that the apartment complex denied numerous requests to put in a wheelchair ramp. All defendants denied negligence and claimed the man had no more than two years of life expectancy given his age and health problems.
  • Anonymous v. Unnamed Surgeon

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    May 24, 2010
    Outcome:
    Mediated Settlement: $500,000.00
    Description:
    25-year-old who suffered a leg laceration in a dirt-bike accident was given substandard medical care in the emergency room. The attending surgeon failed to properly clean the contaminated wound and sewed the wound with tight sutures, causing the wound to become infected. Incision and drainage by a second surgeon revealed large fragments of wood and debris left behind from the initial injury, which should have been removed by the first surgeon.
  • Goddiess v. Young, et al

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    May 02, 2014
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff's verdict: $101,070 reduced by 20% comparative negligence
    Description:
    20-year old jogger was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, resulting in fibular head fracture, scars, and PTSD. Defendants denied liability and disputed damages.