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No punitive damages in lawsuit over crash that hurt 6-year-old twins on Menlo Park sidewalk

Original post made on Apr 10, 2014

A judge has denied a second request to include punitive damages in a lawsuit filed against an elderly driver who crashed into 6-year-old twin brothers on a sidewalk in downtown Menlo Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9:50 AM

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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Dah.... no third bite of the apple.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Why doesn't well-to-do Woodside attorney, Ed Nelson, get some cajones, step up to the plate, and reimburse the Cadigan family for the expenses and grief his reckless driving has caused them? Come on, Ed, show the community you have at least some modicum of ethics!

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Posted by Been there
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

The judges decision does not deny payment to the family for medical expenses and pain and suffering. It denies punitive damages, which the facts do not support. This is an attempt to extract as much money at possible from Nelson. Medical bills and pain and suffering will be paid. According to the family that is not enough for the "Golden Cure" where enough gold will be the cure.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Have the victims fully recovered from this tragedy yet or are they still undergoing medical treatment and physical therapy half a year later?

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Pearl -

If you've ever been in an accident, you know that (a) you don't pay damages in advance and (b) the insurance companies settle these matters.

Your comment is ridiculous.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

These lawsuits are necessary because the perp did NOT settle with the victims.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Just from the description here, I'm guessing that the direct medical expenses alone (not counting rehab, etc) are well above your typical auto insurance coverage. Even if the perp had an additional umbrella insurance policy, that could easily be exceeded by months of hospitalization. Everything else is coming out of his pocket, so he has good reason to stall.

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