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Portion of Christmas Fire Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 30, 2015 in Wrongful Death

For most who observe Christmas it is a holiday full of happiness and joy. For one Connecticut family, the holiday several years ago ended in tragedy. Readers likely will not soon forget the tragedy that transpired on Christmas Day 2011, when three girls as well as their grandparents were killed when the grandparents’ house caught fire. Following the catastrophic incident, the girls’ father filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for their untimely deaths.

There were multiple parties named as defendants in the lawsuit including the City of Stamford and the contractor who at the time of the fire had been doing work on the house. The contractor was apparently named as a defendant since reports indicate that the fire was accidentally caused by that individual.

Recently the portion of the case filed against the contractor was settled. The amount the father received was $5 million. The case against the city is still pending.

It's hard to imagine that any amount of money could make up for the loss of the 7-year-old twins and their older 9-year-old sister. While money is a poor substitute for the lives lost on some occasions it plays a role in the recovery of those left behind. A licensed personal injury attorney may be able to provide legal guidance in regards to a claim of this nature.

What the man will do with the money is not entirely clear. It is possible that he will donate it to a fund he created that is designed to provide art and education opportunities to students. The fund "LilySarahGrace Fund" €”was created in 2012 and named after the man'™s daughters.

Source: Patch, €œReports: Father Settles Lawsuit in Deadly Stamford Christmas Day Fire, Barbara Heins, Jan. 13, 2015