Dangerous Trees

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A 5-year-old boy and his mother were walking, arm in arm, at Lake Compounce, located in Bristol, Connecticut. It was a crisp, sunny spring afternoon. As they passed the miniature golf course, two branches of a large, dead oak tree hanging over the path they were on snapped from 35 to 40 feet above them.

The lower branch grazed the mother, pushing her to the ground. The upper branch struck the poor little boy on the head, killing him almost instantly.

Attorney Jaffe represented the mother in this tragic wrongful death case against Lake Compounce. The case centered on the condition of the tree, whether it was properly maintained and whether it was observably dangerous.

As part of his preparation for this case, attorney Jaffe took a course in arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in order to learn the details of tree disease and care.

He also hired two prominent arboriculturists as expert witnesses, one of whom authored a well-known book on maintenance of hazardous trees.

As a result of several mediations, attorney Jaffe recovered a substantial settlement against the amusement park and tree maintenance company on behalf of the estate of the boy who was killed. Hopefully the case helped to improve the safety of the patrons at the amusement park.

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