$1.3 Million Dollar Settlement - Salem Home Invasion

Attorney Kara Crismale’s efforts on behalf of five clients whose homes in Salem had been attacked resulted in a settlement for $1,325,000.00.

A person’s home is supposed to be a safe sanctuary. But when that sanctuary is threatened by an intruder, it may never feel the same again. In 2015, five Salem residents experienced the trauma of an attempted home invasion perpetrated by a mentally unstable resident of a nearby group home. The resident left the home after an argument with a staff member and woke the victims up in the middle of the night, terrorizing them and smashing their windows. One victim fled to a neighbor’s house and in so doing, injured herself in a fall. Later the suspect told police he wanted to kill the homeowners, one of whom was pregnant. Fortunately, no one was attacked in the incident but nevertheless, it left major emotional scars.

We claimed that the group home was negligent and at fault. The evidence secured by Attorney Crismale showed that the agency knew of their resident’s violent past and should have never allowed him to live there. The perpetrator had attempted an invasion before when he was at another group home. In fact the criminal charges were pending from that previous event when he was accepted at the Salem home.

Our law firm hired an expert in group home management who reviewed all of the home’s records and was prepared to testify in support of our claims. To help demonstrate the compelling stories our clients had we made videos that would recreate the evening’s events and express not only how they feared for their lives, but how they have been traumatized by the lingering emotional and physical effects of that terrible night.

Crismale was assisted in the case by Attorney Faulkner. Interviewed by the Connecticut Law Tribune, he explained: "Our objective in videoing their story was to persuade the insurance company to pay what was reasonable for this horrifying ordeal, but there were also ancillary benefits to the videotaped interviews. By recording each client’s experience within a few months of the attack, we were able to cover all the details that might have been forgotten with the passage of time. It was also the first time the victims had been able to fully tell their stories to interested and involved professionals. It showed that someone cared about what they went through.”

Settlement for over $1.3 million dollars was reached after a lengthy mediation conducted by retired Judge Michael Riley. All five of clients were happy that the case was able to be settled without a trial. They did not want to testify in Court and relive that terrible night.