After a month-long trial in a Connecticut courthouse, a jury in a horrific child sexual abuse case awarded the plaintiff, Elizabeth Spalter, $20 million from her deceased father’s estate. This was the state’s largest civil award to a survivor in a child sexual abuse case in history. Attorney Eric Reinken, along with New York attorney M. Dowd, fought tirelessly to make sure that the verdict would send a strong message that the community will not tolerate sexual abuse. The jury awarded Ms. Spalter $5 million in emotional distress and mental anguish, $5 million in psychological injuries, $3 million for permanency of injuries, $2 million for loss of life’s activities and $5 million in punitive damages. The lawsuit initially sought $8 million.
Ms. Spalter testified that she was abused hundreds of times by her father, Dr. Harold Spalter, a former captain in the US Air Force and a renowned eye doctor at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She stated that her now-deceased father, who died in 2014, assaulted her many times in the family’s summer home. The attacks took place between 1975 and 1986 when Ms. Spalter was 6 to 17 years of age. Ms. Spalter did not report the assaults to the police and instead, filed the lawsuit against her father’s estate. Those assaults led to a lifetime of suffering by Ms. Spalter, who has been living with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for most of her life. Ms. Spalter has been in counseling since the 1990’s to address these symptoms and the impact they have had on her life.
Attorney Eric Reinken has earned a stellar reputation among his colleagues and clients. His legal skills and knowledge of the law has helped countless abuse and accident victims receive the compensation and justice they deserve. However, it is his passion for protecting the rights of every individual victimized by aggressive, unfair or illegal practices that gives him the strength to keep fighting. Whether the plaintiff is an insurance company, negligent driver or abusive parent, he will fight tirelessly for those he represents.
The Reinken Law Firm continues to be firmly committed to helping victims of sexual abuse and their families gain the necessary confidence and strength to confront the responsible parties and hold them accountable. They understand that the emotional and psychological injuries suffered by sexual abuse victims, especially those victims who are too young to fully comprehend what has happened to them, can last for decades and impact every area of their life. They will use every resource at their disposal to help victims of illegal, abusive and destructive practices get justice and obtain compensation from the responsible party. If you or someone you love needs an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in Connecticut, there is no better firm than the Reinken Law Firm. Call us at 203-541-0090.