Burn Injuries

In 1992, Stella Liebeck suffered significant burn injuries after spilling McDonald’s coffee on herself. She sued, and eventually received compensation. Much has been written about the case; a 2011 movie, “Hot Coffee“, focused on the extent to which the public’s largely unfavorable perception of the case and Ms. Liebeck was based on a significant and pervasive…

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The tragic story of Connor Cummings, who died while trying to take a photo atop NYC’s Four Seasons Hotel, is making the rounds. Assuming Mr. Cummings was trespassing, might he have a claim? It depends. A recent Second Circuit decision, Philip v. Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co., No. 14-4054-CV, 2015 WL 6642978 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2015) (Summary…

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In Dosanjh v. Satori Laser Ctr. Corp. (App. Div. 1st Dept. Apr. 16, 2015) – a personal injury case arising from burns sustained by the plaintiff during a laser hair removal procedure – the court discussed the limitations on the doctrine of “res ipsa loquitur” in a negligence case. The court unanimously reversed the Supreme Court’s…

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On Thursday, March 26, 2015, an explosion rocked several buildings in New York City’s East Village, resulting in the collapse of 121-123 Second Avenue (at/near East 7th Street). These buildings included residences and restaurants (Ramen & Robatayaki, Sushi Park, Sam’s Deli, and Pommes Frites). Reports indicate at at least 20 people have been injured and that two…

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In Clindinin v. New York City Housing Authority, NY Supreme Ct. # 109954/2010, the New York Supreme Court recently denied defendant New York City Housing Authority’s motion for summary judgment. In his complaint plaintiff alleged that while taking a shower the water changed erratically “from cold and cool to scalding hot” and that the building’s “defective and unsafe”…

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