Lawsuit filed against Town of Greenwich for negligence

Peter M. Dreyer, a partner of the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Todd Collins and his family against the Town of Greenwich. According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 4, 2015, Collins was exiting his van in front of a residence on Benjamin Street in Old Greenwich when a tree fell on him, causing traumatic brain damage and other serious injuries.

According to the lawsuit, on at least two occasions, the Town of Greenwich received complaints about the tree being a hazard. One of those complaints was from a homeowner who contacted the Town of Greenwich Tree Department to report that the tree was “half dead” and to report that he was told by an arborist that the tree should be inspected by the Town of Greenwich. In another complaint, a homeowner reported that he felt the tree “will become a hazard soon.”

In response to these complaints, in October, 2012, the Town of Greenwich Tree Department inspected the tree and even identified it as a hazard to public safety. They also posted a notice on the tree that they planned to remove it. However, they did not remove the tree or take any other action to protect the public during the nearly three years that passed before the tree fell on Collins.

According to the lawsuit, Collins suffered severe injuries including brain damage, loss of vision, loss of his ability to taste and smell, hearing loss and numerous broken bones.

The lawsuit was brought against the defendant by Collins, his wife, Jennifer, and his two minor daughters in Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Court (Case No.: FST-CV-16-6028449S) on May 3, 2016. The Collins family resides in Milford.

“It should not take three years to cut down a dangerous tree in a crowded residential neighborhood. Todd is lucky to be alive, but his life is forever altered,” said Mr. Dreyer. “It is unfair that Todd and his family will have to suffer because the Town of Greenwich Tree Department disregarded the safety of the public.”


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