A New York City divorce lawyer says she is seeking $8 million in damages from a Florida divorce lawyer after he allegedly set fire to her daughter’s house in a fit of rage, according to court documents.
Carol Anne Hynes, 63, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Daniel J. Hynes in the Palm Beach County, Florida, Superior Court of Appeal, saying her daughter, who was living in the home with her husband, had been “completely destroyed by the defendant’s burning of her house.”
Hynes’ lawsuit said she has a “mental health and physical disability” and that her daughter suffered “severe burns to her left leg, arms and face.”
Hicks’ attorneys have declined to comment on the suit, citing a gag order, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hynes, who is now in her late 50s, was also injured in a house fire in March that killed her stepson.
She was treated at a hospital for burns on her face, face, neck and hands.
Her suit, filed in July, alleged that Hynes “was deliberately and recklessly” injured her daughter.
The suit said she suffered “minor burns and swelling” on her hand and that she has since undergone multiple surgeries.
The lawsuit claimed Hynes and her husband had been married for five years and were estranged, and that the lawsuit “contains numerous allegations that the plaintiff suffered a physical and psychological injury by the Defendant Daniel Hynes” after his wife’s death in April.
The couple had been together for four years and had a five-year-old daughter, the suit said.