Barrett v. Colonial Gardens Condo., 2004 Ct. Sup. 17424 (Conn. Super. Ct. 2004)
Rosa Barrett was a guest in the Colonial Gardens Condominium complex. When she was taking a shower, she tried to adjust the water when the faucet shot out scalding hot water, causing her to suffer severe burns. The defendant, Colonial Gardens, filed for summary judgement on the basis that Barrett did not introduce any expert testimony to establish causation or liability.
Barrett alleged the carelessness and negligence of Colonial Gardens caused injury through a dangerous and defective bath, an improperly attached faucet, excessive hot water heater settings, an improperly adjusted mixing valve or boiler regulator. Barrett suggested that expert testimony was not necessary, because the court should rely on common sense. However, the court eventually found in favor of the defendant, because the plaintiff did not establish a causal relationship to her injuries.
Deacon v. Metro-North Railroad Company, 2009 WL 3059128 (D. Conn. 2009)
James Deacon was an employee with Metro-North Railroad Company. While working on a switch box that controlled electrical power to a rail, Deacon suffered burn injuries to his left hand and forearm after an electrical arc explosion occurred. During the work project, cables that ran from the rail line to the switch box had become separated from their housing, contacting the motor inside the switch box. Deacon brought a claim against the Metro-North Railroad Company for his injuries. The case was settled before trial for over $1 million.
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