SETTLEMENT : 13-year-old died in rear-end accident and mother injured
Nina Payne was driving her Volvo when her vehicle was rear-ended by a truck operated by Marvin Sternberg. Ms. Payne’s 13-year-old son, who was riding in the right rear passenger seat, suffered major head trauma which led to his death two days later.
In addition to the severe emotional distress of losing her son, Nina Payne suffered serious back and other injuries. Tom Ostenson, the front seat passenger in the Volvo, suffered significant back and knee injuries which required extensive medical treatment and impacted his ability to work.
Payne and Ostenson hired attorneys Lawrence R. Booth of the Law Offices of Booth & Koskoff and Douglas Easton to represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit and automotive negligence lawsuit against the driver and his employer, USPCI, who he was driving for at the time of the accident. The attorneys also initially included Volvo in the claim because the front passenger seat collapsed on impact, a possible contribution to her son’s death. Volvo was later dismissed from the action.
Ultimately, the case settled before trial in favor of Payne and Ostenson. Booth and his team secured a total settlement amount of $1,200,000; of which $750,000 was awarded to the Payne family on behalf of the son’s wrongful death, $350,000 for Nina Payne’s injuries and $99,000 for Tom Ostenson’s injuries.
My family experienced a tremendous loss as a result of my father’s death. During the entire process of investigation and settlement of our case, we were treated with the utmost professionalism by the Booth & Koskoff attorneys and staff.
– Dale Magner
“From the moment I contacted Booth & Koskoff from my hospital bed to the eventual settlement of my case, I experienced nothing but outstanding assistance and representation.”
– Claire Rexon
“Because of Roger’s experience and professionalism, I was able to focus on the others things I needed to do for my brother to care for him during this time. He was a godsend, and I would highly recommend Roger and his staff.”
– Penny Vincelli
“Mr. Booth did an incredible job resolving the case for us, and we are very thankful for the successful ending to our lawsuit. Thank you for your hard work Mr. Booth. You will always be our family lawyer and friend.”
– Sam Kirakosyan
When I met with Roger, he was honest, genuine, and straight-forward on how we would proceed. Roger took a leap of faith when taking this case. He trusted what I said to be true, and wasn’t afraid to proceed.
– Cynthia Mitchell
The lawyers and staff at Booth & Koskoff were efficient, thorough, helpful and always available, even on weekends. I am very pleased with my overall experience, and I would recommend Booth & Koskoff to anyone who needs an excellent attorney.
– Keith Schultz
“We felt lucky like we were referred to Booth & Koskoff by someone we trusted. Richard’s professionalism and tenacity showed that he definitely was in our court.”
– John Mahoney