Stamford woman awarded $2.15M in law­suit

Stamford Advocate - - Newsbites - By Hannah Dellinger

GREEN­WICH — A Stamford woman who was in­jured after slip­ping on snow and ice in the Green­wich Town Hall park­ing lot will re­ceive $2.15 mil­lion in dam­ages after a years-long battle in civil court.

Angela Wil­lauer suf­fered per­ma­nent in­juries, in­clud­ing a con­cus­sion and mem­ory loss, after the fall more than five years ago, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed by her at­tor­ney in Stamford Su­pe­rior Court. Last month, a jury found that Wil­lauer’s in­juries were due to the dan­ger­ous park­ing lot and the town, which failed to ex­er­cise “rea­son­able care” to cor­rect the con­di­tions.

The jury also found that Wil­lauer was par­tially re­spon­si­ble for sus­tain­ing the in­juries.

At about 7 a.m. Feb 11, 2013, she parked her car in the Town Hall park­ing lot, where her em­ployer, Mercedes-Benz of Green­wich, rented park­ing spots for its em­ploy­ees.

As Wil­lauer got out of her car, court records in­di­cate that she slipped on snow and ice and “fell with vi­o­lence and force.” Her in­juries re­quired surgery and phys­i­cal ther­apy, the com­plaint says.

Wil­lauer “ex­pe­ri­enced pain, emo­tion- al dis­tress and men­tal an­guish,” ac­cord­ing to her at­tor­ney, Ste­wart Casper, as well as lost wages due to her in­juries.

The jury re­turned a ver­dict re­quir­ing the town of Green­wich to pay $2.3 mil­lion to Wil­lauer, but the case was sub­se­quently set­tled for $2.15 mil­lion, Casper said.

Wayne Fox, the town’s at­tor­ney, said the town is dis­ap­pointed with the ver­dict.

The Fri­day be­fore Wil­lauer’s in­jury, Fox said a snow­storm dumped over a foot of snow across the area.

“It was a mas­sive job to clean up after that,” said Fox. “We felt we did our best.”

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