Slip-and-fall case names developers
January 17, 2007
A Summit County woman who claims she was encouraged by the men to commit insurance fraud after she injured herself falling on icy stairs in front of their office sued a group of Park City developers.
Named as defendants in the personal injury lawsuit are Timeless Properties, Inc., Jake Doilney, James Doilney and Marc Wangsgard.
"I’m completely shocked by the claims and events that are in that lawsuit," Wangsgard said.
The plaintiff, Carla Henley, was employed as a real-estate assistant at the Newpark Town Center development when she fell on stairs outside her office near Kimball Junction Jan. 12 and 26, 2006, according to a 13-page complaint Henley filed in Third District Court Jan. 10.
The defendants broke the law by not securing compensation benefits for Henley before the falls, the plaintiff claims.
"[The developers] knowingly attempted to prevent the Utah Labor Commission from learning that [Henley] had suffered a workplace injury ," according to the lawsuit.
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paying for her medical treatment with a credit card, the builders tried to circumvent filing the needed compensation claim, Henley states.
"Defendants encouraged [Henley] to engage in insurance fraud by filing for COBRA benefits provided by her previous employer," according to the lawsuit.
Wangsgard allegedly fired her Feb. 10, 2006.
"She told me that she intended to sue several of us here at Newpark because she slipped on an icy sidewalk," he said.
Among allegations for which Henley’s lawsuit seeks damages are negligence, wrongful termination, infliction of emotional distress and defamation.
— Patrick Parkinson