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Jun 11, 2018

Pickstock Development Assn. and Contractor to Blame, But Will They Pay?

Kareem Musa

But it will not be as easy to collect the funds, as according to Musa, the Association, led by executive director Barbara Elrington, and Espat have made no overtures of assistance to the family before being taken to court. Brenae Timmons’ family has had to pay for all her medical and rehabilitation costs at the Inspiration Center and she has not fully recovered. But Musa told us there are several means of holding both parties to account.

 

Kareem Musa, Attorney for Bernard and Brenae Timmons

“The next half of the battle will be to collect from those individuals and from the entity, and to see how we go from here.”

 

Reporter

“How do you try to enforce this particular court judgment?”

 

Kareem Musa

“There are different methods; first of all, we have to give the defendants a fair opportunity to pay, whether it is they’re going to pay by installments – of course, that would be something that I would have to discuss with my client, to see if he would be willing to consider installment payments on the two hundred and sixty thousand dollars. But there are other methods of enforcement as well, including a writ of fi-fa, where you go and seize the goods and assets of the defendant, and of course there is the option of judgment summons, bringing the defendant to court to see how they plan to pay back. So there are different methods and we are going to exercise all of them in getting this judgment.”

 

Aaron Humes

“In terms of was there any effort to settle the matter before it came to court – this had made news at the time, so did the parties in question admit fault?”

 

Kareem Musa

“Absolutely not; there has been no meaningful attempt on the part of the defendants to settle this matter. The family, as you know, went through a lot. Brenae suffered; thirty days she was in a coma; and since then, she has had to gone through months if not years of rehabilitation with her speech, with her motor skills, and at no point in time did any of the defendants or their attorneys come to us and say, ‘We are willing to accept fault; we are willing to make certain payments to the family.’ And so unfortunately the matter was never settled.”

 

Attorneys Herbert Panton and Alifa Elrington represented Brian Espat and Pickstock Development Association, respectively.

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