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  • Anonymous

    Well, perhaps if Pignone hadn’t cowardly skipped away when the boys mother was six months pregnant, he could have been driving the car and this lawsuit wouldn’t be necassary.  Or perhaps he is so super vigilant that the accident would never have happened.  This article does NOTHING to change my opinion of him.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!  

    • Anonymous

      I bet the Ambulance chaser will get his 33 % plus all legal cost! If they do it pro-bono I would apoligize but something tells me I won’t have to.

      • Anonymous

        You can apologize now:
         
        “Neither Kagan nor his firm will take a fee if the insurance company settles out of court, he said.”

        • Anonymous

          yes, a decision made after the father/firm were crucified in the press….as they should be.t

        • Anonymous

          Thats a big IF in there pal.

    • Anonymous

      What if, Thats not much of a defense, no one ban see the future!!

    • Anonymous

      how could you possibly know the entire circumstance regarding of the father leaving?  There are always two sides

      • Anonymous

        You are correct in the two sides to every story aspect as well as me not knowing the entire circumstances.  However, abandoning your children is never a good or correct option.

        • Anonymous

          he abandoned the children according to who , the news article? come on no one knows the truth but those two and maybe he did and then again maybe he didnt   just saying

      • Anonymous

        Regardless of the circumstances, a parent shouldn’t sue for an accident.  Now the boys have become a game piece for the absentee father to play with.  No one knows the circumstances but this is far beyond reasonable. He apparently never had reason to think they were unsafe before this??  So why now…OH publicity and possible FATHER OF THE YEAR award…

  • Matthew Desmond

    So….if you’re not going to benefit financially from it…WHY bring the lawsuit forth in the first place?  And correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t there been a large outpouring from the community?  Also…it seems to me that if the father was really that concerned with his boys he would have been in their lives, and not reappearing to seemingly take advantage of a tragedy!!

    • Anonymous

       go back to the top and read again, slowly.  It tells exactly why the lawsuit is being brought.

      • Anonymous

        Yes.

        It’s being brought in order to make the rest of us that pay insurance premiums responsible for this mess.

        Share the wealth. Share the risk.
        Sound familiar?

        • Anonymous

          the mother carries full health insurance for her children through her job (she is an RN). the lawuit was brought against the grandmother’s car insurance.

          • Anonymous

            And your point is?

      • Anonymous

         Reading again is not going to help anyone understand, the father’s excuse for suing doesn’t make sense and is a load of crap.  The car insurance would be paying the medical bills to the limit of the coverage, the insured does not need to be sued for this to take place.  The deadbeat dad needs to go climb back under the rock he came out from and leave these sweet babies, he abandoned, to be cared for by the two loving people who have raised them.  

    • Anonymous

      I know everyone hates him, but the grandmothers insurance is only going cover $50K, are you paying the rest???

      • Anonymous

        Noah health insurance will pay the rest, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS WORKS!

    •  Is it possible the lawsuit was filed so the father would not have to contribute to any of the medical bills?  Just askin’

  • Anonymous

    One ambulance chaser defending another?

    Did dad show back up in their lives after this, or is he suing them from wherever he went when he abandoned the mother when she was 6 months pregnant?

  • Anonymous

    Neither Kagan nor his firm will take a fee if the insurance company settles out of court, he said.  Lol whats the chances of settling out of court?? Lawyers see  $$ signs

  • Anonymous

    Whether it put the mother in a tough position or not, the decision should only have been hers to make since he is an absent father.

  • Anonymous

    If he wanted to ensure the well being of his children…he should have been a REAL man and raised the children he created. To blame the grandmother who graciously stepped in while dad ran off (while his wife was pregnant no less) and provided care to her grandchildren is atrocious. He should be completely ashamed of himself. Regardless of the reasons used to justify this lawsuit..its just plain wrong.

    • Anonymous

      so the daughter should be suing??, SOMEONE HAS TO!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure he consulted Ms. Keene first. * eyeroll*

  • Anonymous

    What a crock…..

  • I hope that the insurance companypays in full!! That poor boy. And someone should not allow the grandmother to be around the grandchilren unless she is going to pay attention to what the kids have in there hands and etc.

    •  Oh, wow! it could have happened so fast! How in the world do YOU know EXACTLY what happened in THAT car! For all you know, he could have JUST place the hand and rope outside the window, and she could have JUST as quickly told him to get his hand in, and then in that NEXT instant… BAM! I know my kids have stuck their hand out the window a couple times, and if I can see it I will tend to it!, BUT there is many times I am too busy DRIVING SAFELY to try to keep my eyes on both car and child, take your eye away from road and crash, or take your eyes away from child and something else can happen! I know mothers say all the time, we have eyes in the backs of our heads, but that’s just a saying!  I DO NOT blame the grandmother at ALL! And no one else should either!!!!

      • Well she could have NOT allowed the jump rope in the car!! As i just re-plyed a car is not a toy room. toys are not and should not be in the car. If the rope was not in the car this would not have happened! personally the father should sue the grandmother for everything that she has for not acting like the adult!!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, because you are a perfect parent. Get a life.

          • Mainegirl4 I a lot better then that grandma that now is going to wonder what she could have done diffrent to prevent what happened. Like no need for a jumprope in the car!!

          • Anonymous

            well lets hope nothing tragic happens to your kids/grandkids.  wouldn’t you feel terrible recieving all this hate! 

          • Tom Jones

            pureawesomegurl if I were the parent/grandparent that did something wrong then i would deserve it if people said hey next time think twice. Haven’t you ever seen what happens to things inside a car in case of an accident? My hope is that the grandmother pays attention in the future to what the gtandchildren have in the car with them. I never said that she was a bad person.
            But she does need to say hey I could have provented that.

          • Anonymous

            Well MR. Jones, looks like we are going to agree to disagree!  Because to me, parents of  a Child being beaten and abused are the ones who should be criticized and made to feel bad!  This grandmother is going to live with the guilt everyday of her life and I don’t feel that we should make that worse.  This was a sad accident, and sad accidents happen everyday!  Most people this day in age do have toys in the car, right or wrong is for the parents to decide, not you!

          • Tom Jones

            pureawesomegurl I AGREE with you. But can i also state that you said something very intresting: “Most people this day in age do have toys in the car,” That is totally right now a days. And i agree that this was an accident also.

          • Anonymous

            I know what she could have done differently that day! She could have told the father to get his a** in gear  and take care of his kids!  If the father were watching over them in their lives, this never would have happened!

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin are you sure that you don’t know one side or the other?

          • Anonymous

            I really don’t know either side.  How about you?  Are you a friend or relative of the donor?

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin No i don’t know eithier side.

        • Matthew Desmond

          I don’t think the father has any room to come in and try to be “responsible.”  Walking out on someone when they are pregnant with your children is perhaps the most responsible thing I have ever heard of….oh wait was the sarcasm filter on?

        • Anonymous

          Has anyone ever told you that you are very weird?  You  must be a relative of the father, because you make no sense whatsoever!

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin are you saying that it doesn’t make sense that there is no reason to have a jumprope in the car? Come on get real, I don’t know the nither or the father. Or anyone related to this carse. I am just saying common sense says that there is no need to have a jumproperope inside the car. that would be like having his bike inside the car he isn’t going to use it inside the car so he doesn’t need it inside the car.

    • Anonymous

      nice try. The grandmother is the kids parent. she is raising them.

      • Anonymous

        wrong again, grandma babysits while the mother works.  Mom gets outta work at 5 and goes and gets he kids.  You people hating on this mother is terrible!

    • Anonymous

      Pay attention  to the kids? When has the father paid attention to the kids? Maybe if he had been a father to these boys, he would have been with them that day and this wouldn’t have happened!  Hey, Sperm Donor!  Where were you that day?  What were you doing at that exact minute when your “son’s” hand flew into the street?

      • Tom Jones

        rockycin I won’t disagree with what you are trying to say about the father. That makes sense. But all i am also trying to say is that the grandmother should not have allowed the child to have the jump rope inside the car. Maybe the did is a dead beat like you are saying. But that doesn’t totally let the grandmother off the hook for not making sure of what is allowed inside the car.

        • Anonymous

          Okay, okay, we all now know that you should not keep a jump rope in a car!  I am 52 years old and have never seen a freak accident like this ever, ever happen.  But now that we all know of the danger, we will not keep jump ropes in our cars.  Mrs. Setz had the unfortunate experience of being the one to bring this fact to our attention.  Quite honestly, I personally would never think that a jump rope in a car, dangled from a window, could possibly sever a child’s hand.

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin Just asking if you have ever watch the show Mythbusters? Which is on the Discovery channel? If not go to the discovery web site and check out some of thier clips about htings in cars and etc. It will blow your mind. And this is a VERY sad accident. And hopefully it has brought some good attention to the public about what to be careful about inside cars and kids.

  • Many mothers and father get divored or leave each other pregnant or not. Almost every comment so far is blaming the dad. he had reasons to leave, that still doesn’t mean that the grandmother should not have been paying attention to what the boy had to play with. She was the adult in the car. What if he would have had it wrapped around his neck then what.

    • it was tragic accident— look at your kids in their booster seats  amusing themselves with what is at hand- can you foresee this ??? 

      • Yes she could for see this it is called not have the toys, ropes etc in the car!! The car is to get from point a to point b not to play around in!!

        • Anonymous

          you have to be British.

          • no I am here in Maine. It is called parenting. KIds can’t always have what they want in life. What was the boy going to jumprope while dring down the road??? No so it should have been left at home or in the trunk.

        • Anonymous

          what if they were going to the beach or the paark?  MOST kids brings things like jump ropes and balls and such to places like that!

          • It’s called a trunk you know normally were the tire and jack is kept.

          • Anonymous

            Kids are sneaky. You’re assuming the grandmother knew he had it with him. What if he had snuck it out under his shirt, in his pants, etc?

          • Tom Jones

            Come on a kid of that age snuck it in his shirts that is just stupid thinking. Why didn’t the grandma make sure the child was tightly seatbelted in tight and that would answer your question,

          • Anonymous

            Who in their right mind would think that a jump rope in a car could wreak such havoc?  Not me!

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin I agree that is why i am saying that it is better to be safe then to be sorry. As a child we weren’t allowed things like that in the car. If we were going somewhere were we wanted or needed a toy it want in the trunck.

        • Anonymous

           And so the children should do what along the way? Absolutely nothing?

          It must be nice to be so perfect in your little bubble….

          • Tom Jones

            Den what did the kids do 30 yrs ago? When I was a kid you got in the car we as kids sat down got buckled and were quite. We didn’t bring toys games or JUMPROPES with us inside the cae.

          • Anonymous

            yes but this is not 30 years ago, times have changed! 

          • Tom Jones

            pureawesomegurl thats right but hopefully this will make people see why 30 yrs ago this wasn’t normally allowed in the car. It is very sad.

    • Anonymous

      The grandmother is the kids parent, she has been raising them for years. accidents happen

      • so now because the grandmother could NOT be the adult and not allow the jump rope in the car to begin with, The kid will suffer for the rest of his life. Would you be saying the same thing if the child had it wraped around his head and then tosed it out the window, Part of being an adult to children is to say no sorry you can’t take it things like that.

        • Anonymous

          Tom trust fund jones I am very happy that it wasn’t his neck it was wraped around. how about you. are you happy the child survived and is doing better?

          • Anonymous

            I understand there’s a lot of hatred in these comments – just about every commenter has it out for the father – but your comment is really out of bounds..

          • pushtheredbutton what makes you think that i have a trust fund? I am very happy that the boy survived and is doing good

    • Anonymous

      What was his reason for leaving?  What was his reason for not visiting his children? What was his reason for not paying child support?  How many other children as this donor produced and now neglects?

      • Tom Jones

        rockycin I agree with this too. The only two people that actually know is the mother and the father. I totally agree he should have been there for the children!! And sadly enough to say that maube he will be there for them now and in the future!!

  • Anonymous

    How about catchin’ up on that late child support…..

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this “caring” father has ever paid child support? 

    • Anonymous

      no he hasn’t and I can say that because i know the family!

  • Anonymous

    You commenters are unbelievable! I myself applaud this man for stepping forward and filing a lawsuit on behalf of his sons. He is doing what is necessary to protect their future. The mother appears not to be much a part of their life. Mrs Setz has been their primary care giver for five years and the boys are five years old. Doesn’t this give you a clue as to what the mother is? As the attorney said the insurance company doesn’t give out money for being nice, only when they have to or it is in their best  interest. Someone had to sue! We have no clue to the relationship between the mother and sons with the father, even the lawyer doesn’t know that. How can you judge this man, you should all be ashamed.

    • Anonymous

      the mother is perfectly present in the boys’ lives. Mrs Setz was not THE primary caregiver, she is a majorly involved grandmother. The mother was handling everything just fine, just like she had been for over 5 years. just an FYI

    • Anonymous

      Where has the sperm donor been the these kids whole life? In fact he abandoned them before they were born.

      It doesn’t matter how you candy coat a turd. It is still a turd.

      • Anonymous

         Unless you are REAL close to the family you don’t know anymore about his or their dirty laundry than any of us. Who knows the circumstances behind his actions, maybe he isn’t the father. I still say he doesn’t need to be publicly whipped for what he is doing now.

    • Anonymous

      It is obvious you haven’t really been following this story.  This man left his wife who was 6 months pregnant, not with one baby but with twins.  Her mother (Mrs. Setz) has helped her to raise these two boys from their birth.  She is the primary caregiver during the day because the mother was going to school and then now because she is a nurse and works to support her children like other single moms.  The sperm donor is suing to benefit himself and that is all!  The car insurance company has to pay the medical bills, it is considered a car accident.  The insured does not need to be sued to have this happen.  You are the one who should be ashamed.  This mother has worked to make a life for her sons who were abandoned by a deadbeat donor.  This is an unfortunate accident, one this poor grandmother will never be able to forget.

      • Anonymous

         uh again, did you actually read the story and if you did how much did you comprehend?

        • Anonymous

          She doesn’t get it.  She doesn’t want to get it.  She just wants to pile on the old man.  Don’t waste your time trying to explain it to her.

          • Anonymous

            What exactly is it that I don’t get.  Why don’t you read the previous stories from when this accident happened to the most recent one from yesterday and then see why I am “piling on the old man”…he walked away from these kids years ago and now when there is $$ to gain he reappears.  I am sorry you live in a world where you put your faith in a lawyer and assume he/she is being truthful.  If this case goes through the system he will gain some money and so will this lawyer who claims he will get nothing.  

            See if you can get it and read yesterday’s article.http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/02/news/midcoast/mother-of-boy-who-had-hand-severed-says-life-after-accident-may-never-be-the-same/?ref=relatedSidebar

          • Anonymous

            Your comments evidence some pretty serious emotional and cognitive deficits when it comes to the legal aspects of this case.   It’s not just the father that you dislike so much, but it’s lawyers, too.  You simply refuse to accept the facts and the law having to do with suits on behalf of minors and how settlements for minors are approved and controlled by the court.  I read yesterday’s article, and the July 26 article, and today’s article, which explains the financial aspects of the case.    It is a fact that the father will not benefit financially from this lawsuit.  He cannot gain financially from this lawsuit.  The suit is for the benefit of the boys, not the father, and as today’s article explains, any proceeds by way of settlement or judgment will be carefully controlled by the court, not the father or the lawyers, for the childrens’ benefit. 

          • Anonymous

            i agree with you, bandbox (for about the first time). The father will not gain financially from the lawsuit. But are you absolutely positive insurance companies only pay out when there is a lawsuit? I know of cases where a filed claim was all that was necessary…. i’m very curious as to whether or not a lawsuit was necessary in this case. i’m also curious as to why the father chose this moment to jump in and get involved. the mother said she was shocked…..wouldn’t it have made sense for him to check with her first and see what was being done? i, for one, am anxiously awaiting the outcome.

          • Anonymous

            Good questions, and I’ll try to answer them.  Insurance companies frequently adjust and settle claims without lawsuits, but in cases, such as this, with large damage claims and questionable liability, settlement is a lot harder.  This isn’t a crumpled fender and clear fault.  So, it’s not unusual for a suit to be commenced early on.  For one thing, it avoids statute of limitations problems and tends to keep the insurer’s interest (They don’t like to pay insurance defense counsel!).  For another, it should speed up settlement negotiations.  Just because a suit has been brought, doesn’t mean that settlement discussions stop; they don’t.  Read the last paragraph of the article.  It looks to me like the lawyers already anticipate an early resolution.  If there’s only a small insurance policy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fast settlement.

          • Anonymous

            Now I’ll try to answer your other questions.  I think the father moved ahead with the case because it made sense for him to do so.  As the article explains, the mother would have been in a very awkward position if she had been the one representing her children in a suit against her own mother.  I’m guessing that she just would not have done that, and that’s perfectly understandable.  And that brings us to your last question.  Yes, normally it would make sense for the father to first run it by the mother, but is their relationship normal and would it have been an act of futility or just have put her in a difficult position? Who knows? – we don’t.  The article explains that the father knew he would open himself to a lot of criticism -and that’s certainly borne out by the comments here – but I think he acted properly in the best interests of his children.

          • Anonymous

            i actually do know, as i am a close friend of the family. i like reading your answers though, you speak well and sound like you know what you’re talking about. you do seem to have  a level head on your shoulders. unfortunately, you are still wrong.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you.  I’m often wrong.  Here, for instance, I don’t know the family so if there are facts and circumstances that haven’t been reported in the news articles, I can only make educated guesses about what they are and how they explain what the subjects of the articles have done.

             But tell me exactly what I’m wrong about here and what you know, presumably as a friend of the family, that makes you say I’m wrong.

          • Anonymous

            Are you a relative of the father?

          • Anonymous

            No, and I don’t know him either.

          • Anonymous

            PembrokeMama, you’re simply wrong.  Insurance companies pay clearcut cases. As the comments here suggest, this is not a clearcut case.  Some people think grandma did nothing wrong.  Others think she shouldn’t have let the boy play with a jump rope in a moving car next to an open window.  The insurance company knows it’s a close call. It  might compromise…pay a little to save a little…without a lawsuit.  But with so much at stake for these boys the only way to be sure the insurance company pays the whole policy is to be clear that if they do not, they risk losing in court.  Mom faced a very difficult choice – would she be willing to go to court against her own mother in order to win money that would help her kids’ futures?  Probably not, says the father.  So he did it himself, knowing he would be ridiculed by people like you.   He found a lawyer who offered to give all the money to the boys if the insurance company agreed to just pay without fighting.  Sounds pretty selfless. 

          • Anonymous

            sorry mooseontheloose, but that actually isn’t the case. i’m friends with the whole family and know for a fact Cassidy would do anything necessary to ensure the best for her boys. (including suing her mom, if it was what needed to be done) I’m quite sure Cassidy was already taking care of the paperwork for claims and stuff when the lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit wasn’t necessary, it’s actually cause a lot of problems.

          • Anonymous

            MBMT, obviously you know Cassidy.  It sounds like you know her to be both a very good mom and very close with her mother.  You say she would do anything to ensure the best for her boys.  The lawsuit says it was her mother’s fault that her son got hurt.  Does Cassidy believe that?  Would Cassidy be willing to swear under oath, in her own name on behalf of her boys, that if her mother was paying proper attention, her boy would not have had his hand severed?   If she doesn’t believe her mother did anything wrong, why would she be willing to file a lawsuit that would require her to say the opposite?  Could she stand the inevitable headlnes that would have followed, which instead of blaming an absentee dad would have blamed a thankless and heartless mom?

            As the article says, Cassidy is in a very difficult position, with competing loyalties between her sons and her mother.  Better the father take the heat for doing the right thing, especially when there’s nothing in it for him. 

          • Tom Jones

            mooseontheloose I totally agree with you..

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think I am the one not comprehending here.  I have been following this story since it happened.  I comprehend you are defending a person who has not been in his children’s lives since before they were born who is now paying a lawyer, who we all know are so truthful and law abiding, to sue the grandmother who stepped in and raised his children because he chose not to.  I comprehend you are attacking a woman who went to school and got a job to support her children and asked her mother to help her achieve her goal by caring for her children while she was at school and work.  I comprehend you saying “someone needs to sue.”  That is part of the problem in this world, oh you spill hot coffee on yourself, sue McDonald’s because they served it that hot.  Stop being so sue happy.  As I said before this is an accident and unfortunately the attorney is not correct in saying  “To seek a settlement, someone had to file suit against Setz, the driver and insurance holder, ” that is incorrect, an accident is covered under insurance without a court case.  A court case is filed when someone is trying to gain financially.  Pignone filed this suit to gain financially for himself and only himself.  He is not thinking of Ms. Keene’s sons.  So to answer your arrogant question I comprehended the whole situation.   

          • Anonymous

             You my friend are a very,very bitter person. Obviously not a Christen, but i would say a true man hater. Do you like rainbows, friend?

          • Anonymous

            Haha classic…throw a religion in there and all is right.  So if I am a Christian (nice spelling by the way) I would think it is okay for a man to leave a woman who is pregnant and then show up when it is time for him to get money but not when his children need support from their “father”.  I love rainbows but not as much as I love my husband and kids.  

            It has been a pleasure talking to you, actually it hasn’t been but I have learned something from you.  If I become a Christian I will think this man is in the right and I will hope he gets money from this lawsuit.  So lesson learned I guess I should become an Atheist.  I commented on your post because I was in support of a mom and grandmother who have done everything they can to make these two boys have a life to live.  An unfortunate accident happened and this grandmother will second guess herself forever, what if, could’ve,  should’ve and would’ve but in the end this man never should have reared his ugly head.  Sorry we don’t see eye to eye!

          • Anonymous

             You should go back to the beginning and read all of the reports. You’re off base and being hateful toward a single mother who was abandoned during her pregnancy, and who works hard to support her children. Your lack of knowledge is showing.

          • Anonymous

            Please, do not lump all Christians together.  I am a Christian and I couldn’t disagree with you more.  People like you give Christian’s a bad name.  WWJD?  I think we all know the answer to this.

          • Anonymous

            spot on, pembrokemama. spot on. in an accident, a claim can be filed and settled. a lawuit is extra…..made especially “extra” in this case by the father coming out of left field unannounced to all and stirring up a hornet’s nest of problems. bleck

          • Anonymous

            AMEN!

      • Anonymous

        And that information was according to who??

      • Anonymous

         The insurance company will only pay so much and then it stops and after a certain amount of time a statue of limitations kicks in even if there is any money left that could be paid. So a lawsuit is a way to ensure the boy receives full care and help in the future. It might not be the most popular decision, but it is the right one. The welfare of the child comes first, if it means hurting the grandmothers feelings then that is what should happen.

        • Anonymous

          there is no statute of limitations. her health insurance picks up the medical cost. the mother picks up the co-pays (and she also paid the premiums). there was no dispute between the liability insurance and the mother’s claim to the money…absolutely no reason to sue. the father juped in when ONE PHONE CALL could have told him the status of the claim…but then, he isn’t too big on phone calls, or letters, or visits, or money for his children…which is why the grandmother has had to step in and provide full time loving care for these boys while their mother worked diligently to provide a life for them. because of HER efforts, there IS medical insurance, family leave, and an entire community that KNOW THESE KIDS. something the father canot lay claim to.  

          • Anonymous

             Well I hate to say this but there is a statue of limitations to injury claims and that is six years in this state. If in 10 or 20 years from now that poor kid has problems related to this injury then it is on the family’s own dime unless an agreement is worked out beforehand and a lawyer is needed for that. I never said anything bad about the grandmother other than her feelings might have to be hurt. She was negligent obviously or this would not have happened. I am sure it haunts her everyday and I feel for her having to live with it.  So to make sure this kid has the resources he may need later in life a lawsuit has to happen. I am not doubting the mothers love or integrity. From the posts I can safely assume the father is a deadbeat dad but his decision to sue still stands as sound judgement to me  for the child’s future well being.  As a parent I hope the operation is successful and he can have a normal life. But if it is n0t completely successful the child needs to have a plan for his long term future that benefits him.

          • Anonymous

            she was absolutely NOT negligent.

    • Anonymous

      Care giver as in babysitter!  This Dad hasn’t paid child support so she has had to work two jobs to support her kids!  He is a dead =beat and if he is so concerned about his two boys why hasn’t he been around? BULL!  He is a lousy excuse for a man!

      • Anonymous

         He does not pay child support? Maybe she did not want him around. I would like to hear her say he was a dead beat dad.

        • Anonymous

          Well being someone who knows the family Cassidy has tried to encourage a relationship but he hasn’t budged.  IF he works, he works under the table as to avoid child support for his two boys.  And if u had read a previous article, she did state that ” it’s a pretty terrible time for a non-existant dad to re-enter the boys lives.”  this = DEADBEAT

    • Anonymous

      You’re wasting your time.  The father has done the right thing by getting counsel on board to represent the boys’ interests, but hardly anyone here cares about that.  All they want to do is knock the guy down.

  • Anonymous

    We’ll see won’t we? If he was doing this to benefit the child’s medical bills he would have done it with the Mom’s & grandmother’s blessings. If in fact it is the only way the insurance would pay. He had other motives & you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.  He’s an opportunist & a loser. 

    • Anonymous

      whinewhinewhine is a good name for you

      • Anonymous

        Touch a nerve???

  • Anonymous

    How concerned is this low-life that his kids need counseling?? Last I checked in with their mother he hadn’t even put in a phone call asking about his kids since early July. SCUMBAG

  • Anonymous

    You want to help, try being there for your kids rather than calling up attorneys and making life difficult for the people who are. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry mnh4,  alot of these fathers or mothers just need to stay away.  Alot of these kids would be better off NEVER seeing their fathers or even mothers ..
      Using kids to get back at their ex’s happens all the time. and who does it affect.
      You saying he ought to try being there for his kids could be a mistake. What if he is a total jerk and created the need for Grandma to raise the kids. I bet grandma is a good loving parent and this is just a dam accident.
      There are lawyers who have sued their parents to make them pay off their student loans. Lawyers are like vampires and can’t help themselves at the scent of blood 

      • Anonymous

        Very true.

      • Anonymous

        again i want to clarify the Grandmother isn’t raising them, she babysits while Cassidy goes to work.  the dad is a deadbeat who doesnt pay child support.

        • Anonymous

          If he hasn’t paid child support in all this time this is a wake-up call to terminate his parental rights – grounds – not paying child support for a year – that’s all it takes.

          • Anonymous

            I think a countersuit is in order.  Sue the donor for back child support!

    • Anonymous

      Better late than never…

  • Anonymous

    anybody can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad!

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I feel so bad for the child, but, I think it is time to put this story on the shelf.

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    All about the money……focus on the child.  

  • Peter

    My question is why the father continually uses the press to plead his own side of the story? He doesn’t live here. If he is doing this for the kids then let him do it and take the fallout, not whine to the public how he has the kids best interests at heart.

    • Anonymous

      Peter, that’s just silly.  Before this article the father did not comment to the press at all. 

  • Anonymous

    You can apologize now:
     
    “Neither Kagan nor his firm will take a fee if the insurance company settles out of court, he said.”

    • Anonymous

      Double-talk from the lawyers.  “If the insurance company settles out of court”  That’s the rub right there.  #1. The insurance company will never pay as much as the father will end up suing for, so the lawyer will get a fee when it goes to court #2 They are also suing the grandmother, not just the insurance company.  No apology necessary.

      • Anonymous

        You shouldn’t post here on this topic, because you don’t know what you’re talking about.   Really. 

        Your statement, “[t]hey are also suing the grandmother, NOT JUST THE INSURANCE COMPANY.” [emphasis added] perfectly demonstrates this.  The fact of the matter is that the lawsuit has not been brought against the insurance company.  It has been brought against the  grandmother, who is the insured.  Her insurance company  provides defense and indemnity up to the limits of coverage for its insured but is not a party to the lawsuit.

        • Anonymous

          You don’t know what you are talking about.  If the court finds the grandmother negligent, they can award everything she has, plus future earnings, in the lawsuit.  Unless you have an umbrella policy, everything you own is up for grabs.

          • Anonymous

            Obviously the grandmother could be liable for any judgment in excess of her insurance coverage.  That’s not something that’s been disputed.  But I think it’s highly likely that this case will be settled within the coverage limits.  The point I was making before is, contrary to what you said, the insurance company has not been sued; only the grandmother.  Your point about an umbrella policy is correct, but only if the judgment is within the total policy limits, including the umbrella’s excess limits.

          • Tom Jones

            rockycin is totally right the grandmother I hope has very very good insurance. Most people don’t reliaze that they need to carry covearge like that until it is to late to get it. I carry that coverage.

          • Anonymous

            “totally right” 

            Good grief, then you’re claiming that the grandmother AND the insurance company have been sued, too, correct?

  • Anonymous

    There is one thing I know: Next to the Tax Codes, Insurance Laws and Regulations are just as Mind Boggling – so making a comment one way or the other, on the justification of the lawsuit, is difficult.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes,life is not a popularity contest…

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t think the boy’s father has the right to sue on his behalf since he is not involved in his life. Perhaps the mom should sue him for child support if she isn’t already collecting it. 

  • Yeah, ok! right!!

  • Anonymous

    WoW…He really might have put his neck (and wallet) out there by bringing this lawsuit.  If he hasn’t been paying child support or carrying insurance on his boys then he might be expected to now.  He’s certainly claimed his parental rights by sueing on behalf of his children.  He better hope he works under the table or can hide his money.  The best thing for this family is for the deadbeat dad to step up and help support his children — not just file a lawsuit to make sure their needs are met.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if the lawyer is so concerned about the boy’s financial wellbeing, he should donate his time and give back his cut of the booty if they do go to court.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! And what about the greedy hospital, doctors and therapists! Why should they be paid from this family’s misfortune?

      • Anonymous

        If there’s not enough money to go around, they won’t.

  • Anonymous

    the insurance is liability for the accident…not medical. it has been widely reported that the mother carries health insurance through her job (dad pays none of the premiums). the community rallied to asist with co-pays, travel, and expenses associated with being out of work for twelve weeks, living at mass general for a month, and the care of twin brother. the paternal grandmother rushed to set up an account IN HER NAME for expenses relating to the accident, and the absent father got himself a lawyer to sue, even though there was already a claim into the grandmother’s insurance company and absolutely every indication that they were going to pay the entire capped policy (which the article clearly states they ARE doing). kagan will be doing the case pro-bono because the lawsuit is being DISMISSED and he and his client had no business in the fray to begin with…and the pro bono announcement comes at the eleventh hour in my opinion.  a father who doesn’t care where his children’s next meal is coming from looks a little ridiculous suing the full-time caretaker of his children to “protect their financial future”.

    • Anonymous

      You just added some new information that appears nowhere else. The paternal grandmother set up an account to benefit the boys, in addition to the dad putting himself on the line for criticism to do something that the mother would not be in a position to do herself?  That sounds like the dad and his family are more involved in the boys’ lives than has been reported before?

      It sounds like there’s more to meet the eye here. Perhaps the reports of dad being “absentee” are not fully accurate?  Maybe dad is taking the high ground, having done the right thing for the boys, and not playing ‘tit for tat’ in dragging mom through the mud in public.

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