Keches Law Group wins $7 Million Dollar Verdict in Holyoke Wrongful Death Case

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The verdict, with interest, totals more than $9.5 Million

It’s an honor to see two wonderful daughters finally get justice. For the last three years, the defendant refused to take responsibility for their mother’s death. That changed during this trial.

A Hampden County jury has awarded $7 Million to the family of Zoe Rosenthal, a Holyoke teacher who died as a result of injuries sustained due to the actions of a negligent driver, Charles J. Davignon, also of Holyoke, MA. The family was represented by attorneys Nicholas Rowley and Benjamin Novotny of Trial Lawyers for Justice and Charlotte Glinka and Karen Zahka of Keches Law Group, P.C. in Milton, MA. The trial took place in Hampden Superior Court and lasted just three days.

According to court documents, on the evening of November 27, 2017, Zoe Rosenthal, age 52, was out for a walk with her dog just a few blocks from her home. She was in a marked crosswalk when the defendant, Charles J. Davignon, took a left turn in his truck, striking Ms. Rosenthal and knocking her to the pavement, causing her head to hit the ground. She was taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where a CT scan revealed a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage. She succumbed to her injuries two days later, on November 29, 2017.

One of the plaintiffs’ expert, an ophthalmologist, testified at trial that Mr. Davignon had a severe visual impairment in his left eye that would have impeded his ability to see a pedestrian on his left as he was approaching the intersection.

“This has been a devastating loss to Zoe Rosenthal’s family and to the community of friends and colleagues who adored her,” said Attorney Charlotte Glinka.

Ms. Rosenthal’s two daughters, Chelsea and Tiffany Castillo, testified during the emotional trial about how instrumental their mom was in raising them as a single mother and how dedicated she was as an educator.

“She was a great mom, and she makes me want to be the best mom I can be,” said Tiffany Castillo, while testifying about the influence her mom had on her growing up.

The $7 million verdict consists of $3 million for each surviving daughter and $1 million for the pain and suffering Ms. Rosenthal endured, plus more than $2.5 million in pre-judgment interest.

“It’s an honor to see two wonderful daughters finally get justice. For the last three years, the defendant refused to take responsibility for their mother’s death. That changed during this trial.” said Attorney Nicholas Rowley.

The docket number for the case is 1879CV00247-B.

About Keches Law Group
Keches Law Group has become one of the largest and most well-respected personal injury law firms in New England. Our lawyers have a combined 800 plus years of experience fighting to protect the rights of injured people who are facing difficult times after an accident or injury. We have a no-fee policy unless we win your case, and a proven track record with over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements won for our clients. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please visit: Kecheslaw.com

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