Town agrees to settlement in wrongful death case - Greenwich Time

Days before presenting evidence to a jury, the town has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of a Greenwich man who died in a 2000 apartment fire. Full Story
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CJC

Scarsdale, NY

#1 May 21, 2009
What a BS lawsuit ...
Good for them

Norwalk, CT

#2 May 21, 2009
This is what happens when you have amatures at the top and volunteers running the show. I say good for the family. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to the powers to be in Greenwich. Na, I doubt it. They're all to busy stroking their own egos on power trips.
rent909

Yonkers, NY

#3 May 21, 2009
I'm surprised the town settled because it is something they rarely do. May be the town should hire the decision makers from their insurance provider to run the law department. Fox would have looked like a fool trying to defend the fire department on this. Especially if the former chief acknowledged under oath that the bathroom should have been searched.
Tony E Neuman

Colchester, CT

#4 May 21, 2009
Maybe the kid should have jumped out the bathroom window.
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#5 May 21, 2009
I've been to the house. My brother lived in this house. He had moved out before the fire.

It does seem like firefighting 101 that you check all rooms, closets etc for people. Obviously the town settled because it was advised they would lose in court.

How would the FD defend against not checking this bathroom? I'd like to know.
doodle

Bay Shore, NY

#6 May 21, 2009
As usual people who don't have the actual facts speak. The article stated the FD did a good job in suppressing the fire. Firefighting 101 was employed. Remember it was a crime scene and the PD took over once the fire was under control.
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#7 May 21, 2009
doodle wrote:
As usual people who don't have the actual facts speak. The article stated the FD did a good job in suppressing the fire. Firefighting 101 was employed. Remember it was a crime scene and the PD took over once the fire was under control.
Try reading it again:

"Golub, however, said he was prepared to call former Fire Chief Daniel Warzoha to the stand, claiming that Warzoha admitted in a deposition that the firefighter in question was at fault by not breaking down the bathroom door."
Retired GPD

United States

#8 May 21, 2009
doodle wrote:
As usual people who don't have the actual facts speak. The article stated the FD did a good job in suppressing the fire. Firefighting 101 was employed. Remember it was a crime scene and the PD took over once the fire was under control.
Your information is incorrect.
In The Know

Huntington, NY

#9 May 21, 2009
Tony E Neuman wrote:
Maybe the kid should have jumped out the bathroom window.
Maybe you should mind your business ... there was NO window in the bathroom!
Tony E Neuman

Amston, CT

#10 May 21, 2009
In The Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe you should mind your business ... there was NO window in the bathroom!
This is my business, because my close relative's taxes will go up as a result of something that was not the Town's fault. I am sure that the firemen did the best they could at the time under the circumstances. If you think that you could do better, then why don't YOU enter a burning building to look for people.
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#11 May 21, 2009
Tony,

It may not be the FD's fault. We'll never know for sure. But it looks as though the chief's deposition (post 7) sealed it.

I have family there too - but the insurance deductible works out to less than $10 per town resident - so that's not too bad. And it's a one-time charge.
Had to Say Something

Valhalla, NY

#12 May 21, 2009
"David Golub said Wednesday he is glad his clients, Romig's parents Edward Romig and Mary Stacy, can finally have some closure."
What I am confused on is the landlord paying out $1.25M. I understand the $325,000 from the Association of Retarted Citizens as he was under their care, custody and control. I see the Town based on factors in the article of $1.4M, but I am confused on the settlement from the landlord of $1.25M? That is close to $3M in closure. My thing, no amount of money will bring back this life but stating that the family now has closure based on monies paid, is just wrong!
Tony E Neuman

Old Saybrook, CT

#13 May 21, 2009
Had to Say Something wrote:
"David Golub said Wednesday he is glad his clients, Romig's parents Edward Romig and Mary Stacy, can finally have some closure."
What I am confused on is the landlord paying out $1.25M. I understand the $325,000 from the Association of Retarted Citizens as he was under their care, custody and control. I see the Town based on factors in the article of $1.4M, but I am confused on the settlement from the landlord of $1.25M? That is close to $3M in closure. My thing, no amount of money will bring back this life but stating that the family now has closure based on monies paid, is just wrong!
They sued everyone except the plumber
Tony E Neuman

Old Saybrook, CT

#14 May 21, 2009
former res wrote:
Tony,
It may not be the FD's fault. We'll never know for sure. But it looks as though the chief's deposition (post 7) sealed it.
I have family there too - but the insurance deductible works out to less than $10 per town resident - so that's not too bad. And it's a one-time charge.
The chief gave his opinion probably based on the rules and regulations that apply for this. Of course every room and closet should be checked if possible. But think about it from a fireman's point of view. He goes into a burning building not knowing the layout and things must be done fast. One mistake and a jury will find the Town partially at fault. You know the way civil suits work, even people or towns who are found partially at fault have to pay. I am old school. IMO, The person who set the fire is 100% at fault.
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#15 May 21, 2009
Had to Say Something wrote:
"David Golub said Wednesday he is glad his clients, Romig's parents Edward Romig and Mary Stacy, can finally have some closure."
What I am confused on is the landlord paying out $1.25M. I understand the $325,000 from the Association of Retarted Citizens as he was under their care, custody and control. I see the Town based on factors in the article of $1.4M, but I am confused on the settlement from the landlord of $1.25M? That is close to $3M in closure. My thing, no amount of money will bring back this life but stating that the family now has closure based on monies paid, is just wrong!
The landlord was sued due to something to do with the legality of the rental unit itself.
mims

Warwick, NY

#16 May 21, 2009
I cant imagine ever losing a child, it must be horrible... however- suing the FD & town is shameful and if the parents live in greenwich, its even more shameful....
One has to assume, if the kid couldnt get OUT of the bathroom, the firemen probaby couldnt get IN to the bathroom much less know where the bathroom was..... They fight fires, they put thier lives in danger every day to save people like us.... they search houses filled with smoke and flame- they do the very best they can and sometimes through no fault of their own, their very best might just not be enough- everytime. Suing was not the answer- there is no blame to be placed here. They didnt open the door, because they didnt know the door was there. Sorry the young man lost his life- but I have to believe they did the very best they could in a horrible situation. You think these parents will donate the $$$ to a chartiy in remembrance of their son...... nope!
Close This

Huntington, NY

#17 May 21, 2009
"The family now has clo$ure." May they drown in their blood money.
mims

Warwick, NY

#18 May 21, 2009
oh and by the way.... this quote below by Golub is typical of slimey sheister lawyer jargon.... wonder what his cut was...
"This has been a very long process for them and they are very pleased that the town has finally acknowledged its responsibility in this matter by making this substantial payment," Golub said. "This case has always been about accepting responsibility."
There was no blame to be placed here- The FD held up their responsibilty- they responded to the alarm and put the damn fire out! UNBEKNOWNST to them the young man was behind a door they never knew existed.
A very stupid costly lawsuit.
mims

Warwick, NY

#19 May 21, 2009
former res wrote:
I've been to the house. My brother lived in this house. He had moved out before the fire.
It does seem like firefighting 101 that you check all rooms, closets etc for people. Obviously the town settled because it was advised they would lose in court.
How would the FD defend against not checking this bathroom? I'd like to know.
Smoke, flames, MORE SMOKE, MORE FLAMES and not knowing the door was there... that's how.
lily

Warwick, NY

#20 May 21, 2009
MIMS- you hit the nail on the head!
Then- leave it to greenwich to give up the court fight and piss my tax money away.

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