Town settles wrongful death suit over apartment fire
Posted on May 29th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Only days before presenting before a jury, the town of Greenwich, CT settled a wrongful death suit for $1.4 million with the parents of a man who died in an apartment fire.
In 2000, firefighters rushed into a fiery apartment building in an attempt to remove anyone trapped inside. Believing they had removed everyone to safety, the team worked to extinguish the flames. Hours later, however, the body of the plaintiffs’ son was found dead sitting against the inside of his bathroom door. Autopsy results confirmed he died of smoke inhalation.
The plaintiffs filed their wrongful death suit three years after the incident, claiming that the fire department had been negligent by failing to check inside the bathroom to ensure no one was trapped. If they had, perhaps their son would have been saved with the other residents.
At first, the defendant’s attorney publicly stated he would fight the plaintiffs’ claims, saying that the fire fighters “acted appropriately” for the situation and thus held no liability.
The plaintiff’s attorneys, however, were prepared to bring the city Fire Chief to the stand, who had admitted in a prior deposition that the firefighter in question was at fault for not breaking down the bathroom door. As a result, the defendant settled with the family.
Three other defendants were named, but all three had previously settled.
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