A "Disgusting" Lawsuit
Hmmm. Whom were they trying to enrich, then, themselves?
No, says the attorney for the attorneys. They were trying to enrich Danieal Kelly's 11 brothers and sisters or at least cut them in for a third of the take.
But the money would have gone to the parents, being the executors of Danieal's estate, even though they are both charged with neglect. Typically, a third to 40 percent of such an award would go to the attorneys who brought it.
According to the story "a retired city judge is now expected to become the estate trustee and pursue the claims against the city, the state welfare department and others..." while the city pursues charges against the parents and others.
Question: How did the lawyers Brian Mildenberg and Eric Zajac (a Radnor school board member) get involved in the case to begin with? Did Danieal's parents come to them? Or was this a classic case of ambulance (hearse) chasing.
The two lawyers are threatening a defamation suit against Philly's new mayor Mike Nutter for calling their lawsuit "disgusting" and other things.
The truth is an absolute defense in such cases. It doesn't sound like Nutter has much to worry about.
UPDATE: Zajac tells our Patti Mengers that the "case was brought to him by a social worker" who was "genuinely concerned by the plight of the kids." He added "Anyone suggesting there is ambulance chasing or hearse-chasing is being grossly reckless."
According to story:
Zajac became involved in the case last September when he was retained by Danieals's oldest brother, Troy Washington, age 19, who reportedly was traumatized by his sister's death and seeing her emaciated body."
Yes, well. That raises more questions.
If the young Mr. Washington was so "traumatized" at seeing the condition his sister was in, why didn't he scoop her up and rush her to the nearest hospital? Or, at least, dial 911?
Instead, he watched her die. Now, with the aid of Mr. Zajac, he seeks to benefit financially from his sister's death and his alleged trauma at seeing it occur.
"No civil suit can bring Danieal back, but it just might leave a legacy and make a very possible difference for her brothers and sisters some day if the estate is recovered on behalf of Danieal."
Legacy meaning MONEY. Possibly millions, a third or more of which would go to plaintiff attorneys, like well, Eric Zajac. In the end, it would be the taxpayers of the city who would pay the bill. Some legacy.