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Woman awarded $2.15M in lawsuit over fall in Greenwich parking lot

November 7, 2018

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, emotional 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 town has an obligation to keep areas under its jurisdiction reasonably safe,” Fox said. “We feel did that.”

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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