Our partner, Jeffrey Bloom, settled the personal injury case of a 16 year old boy, who suffered burns in an explosion. Jeffrey obtained Summary Judgment on liability which was affirmed by The Appellate Division, Second Department. The case settled following opening statements in Nassau County Supreme Court. The explosion occurred at his school when a fellow student was performing a science experiment with ethyl alcohol. It was alleged he was performing his experiment unsupervised and improperly used ethyl alcohol to clean up and then used a flint sparker. His actions caused an explosion as a result of which the plaintiff was burned. The chemistry teacher had left the classroom to get food at a bagel store despite knowing the experiment was on going. The defendants argued that the fellow student’s actions were a superseding intervening cause relieving the school district of liability.
As a result of the explosion it was claimed the plaintiff suffered second and third degree burns and scarring to his face, chest, left ear and right arm as well as his bilateral thighs from a subsequent skin graft. It was claimed that only the scars to his chest were permanent. The defendants claimed he made an excellent recovery and that the majority of the burns healed without complication and did not result in significant disfigurement.
The New York Personal Injury Lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom and Rubinowitz have years of experience representing people who have suffered injury in all types of accidents in New York.