A 2 year old boy was scalded by a shower head in a bathroom apartment, allegedly due to a defectively installed temperature regulating valve. Plaintiff alleged that the defective shower head, was such that it would unexpectedly disperse hot streams of water at up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
The boy sustained second and third degree burns to his back and buttocks that required skin grafting and left significant residual scarring. Plaintiff's medical expert stated that although the residual scars could be diminished, it would require between 5 and 17 surgeries to do so. The defense's medical expert stated that the scars could not be diminished by any procedure.
The plaintiff and defendants including the residence's owner, the residence's managing agent and the plumbing company that installed the valve, agreed to a pre-trial settlement in the total amount of 4 million dollars.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.