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June 11, 2013

Family 'shocked' by MBTA trolley case award


“We believe the jurors’ decision was a fair and just one,” the statement said.

Last year, a jury awarded a Scituate woman $1.2 million in the first civil case from the accident to go to trial. At least 24 lawsuits have been filed against the MBTA in the highly publicized crash. Nine of the cases have been settled for an average of $31,000, according to the agency.

Mattei’s lawyer, John DeSimone, had asked the jury to award $8.6 million for past and future medical expenses and for lost wages, plus an unspecified amount for pain and suffering and a “reduction in the loss of enjoyment of life.”

Fred Mattei said he has no idea how the jury arrived at the $461,902 figure. He said there is no right of appeal in the case.

Samantha Mattei was not called to testify during the trial and was not in court yesterday. Fred Mattei said that she was “obviously disappointed” when he and his wife informed her of the jury’s decision.

Mattei, a real estate agent, said he and his wife have been paying for home care for their daughter so they could go to work during the day. Now, he said, he’s not sure what will happen.

“We don’t have any funds for that,” he said. “We’re going to do the best we can.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or




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