Verdicts and Settlements:
$600,000 Settlement for 15-Year-Old Student's Death
Mr. Sitinas obtained a $600,000 settlement for the estate of a 15-year-old student at a residential school for children with learning and adjustment difficulties who, tragically, was pushed to his death from a second story window by his roommate. Mr. Sitinas began his investigation immediately after being retained, working closely with his team of private investigators as well as the local police department detectives who arrested the roommate and interviewed witnesses at the scene. As discovery continued, it became abundantly clear that the offending student had planned this act of violence for some time and even bragged to others about his intentions. Mr. Sitinas sued the school, alleging they failed to provide adequate security to ensure the safety of their students and also for negligently admitting the offending student to their school in the first place, as he had a violent background and the school was not equipped to admit students who exhibited acts of violence or destructive tendencies. The school realized that proceeding to trial was a risk they were unwilling to take and they settled shortly before jury selection.