Skip to comments.Woman Scarred by Scalding Shower Awarded $750,000 in Settlement
Posted on 07/05/2009 9:59:53 PM PDT by Chet 99
MOBILE, Ala. A woman who suffered third-degree burns after stepping into a shower of 136-degree water has been awarded $750,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit against the apartment manager.
The Mobile County court award to 25-year-old Treon Moorer, in late June, followed mediation with JRS Management Inc. of Florida. The company's lawyer, Larry Matthews of Pensacola, declined comment.
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He said Moorer was "horribly scarred" from the neck down. Taylor says the water heater industry and burn doctors recommend a setting of 120 degrees.
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I guess you don’t have to feel with your hand how hot the water is before stepping in?
I am speechless. If she is too stupid to check the temp before stepping in, just think of the chaos she will wreak with $750000...JFK
This is proof that the modern legal system is more than a check on the power and “greed” of the free market. Sometimes companies get crushed by lawsuits.
My water heater is set just low enough to not pop off the (recently calibrated) pressure relief valve.
When I want hot water, I want HOT water.
And I have problems believing that anyone could get serious burns from 136F water. A) it's not that hot, I can hold 325F pans in my hand for about 2 seconds without burns. 2) Get out, if it's too hot.
I'm thinking someone may have been drinking.
Apparently she never heard of the temperature sensing device called a “toe.”
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the shower. Duh.
Pfft. Chump change. She should have bought some hot coffee at McDonald’s.
Someone I knew sat in on an operation in which a man who had been horribly burned in a shower received skin grafts. But in that case the man had slipped and been knocked unconscious so that he could not react as the overly hot water poured on him.
If I couldn’t get more than 130 degrees in a shower i’d replace the water heater!
That’s just luke warm!
I have mine set at 180 and by the time I get through with a shower I have the cold turned off!
> And I have problems believing that anyone could get serious burns from 136F water. A) it’s not that hot, I can hold 325F pans in my hand for about 2 seconds without burns. 2) Get out, if it’s too hot.
Funny thing, I was thinking the same for a moment there. 135 degrees Fahrenheit is a warm day in the Australian Outback: bloody unpleasantly warm, but not going to sear you to death quickly. It isn’t nearly approaching boiling point of water (212F).
On the other hand, 136 degrees Centigrade water is well past boiling point (100C) and is more than hot enough to scald.
So, checking the story again I note that they do not specify whether the temperature is in Fahrenheit or Centigrade. Not overly helpful!
Who doesn’t feel the water temp and adjust it before stepping in?? As Bugs would say, whadda maroon!
No two ways about it.
No way would she have stepped all the way in if she had a functioning nervous system.
Just like face-transplant-woman who slumbered away while her dog chewed her face off, this woman was clearly drugged to the gills. 136 degree water would probably take minutes (minutes!) to do such destruction. It probably took the smell of her scalding flesh before she figured out something was wrong. I fail to see how the defense counsel couldn’t have called expert witnesses to make mincemeat out of her.
No doubt the plantiff pushed every racial button in the books (there I go assuming things).
Frankly, I’ve been suspecting for years than most corporate counsels are in ideological cahoots with the shakedown artists. Can anyone have graduated from law school in the last three decades who is NOT a raging lefty? Why should government/media/higher ed/entertainment be the only institutions the leftys have been making their long march through?
Why I would never own rental property....complex, duplex, house, bungalow, whatever.
The next best choice is a constant temperature valve offered by many hotel chains. It keeps the water at the desired temperature in spite of pressure variations. It's not the same protection as an anti-scald valve, but certainly an improved experience over being scalded or "iced" during a shower.
“On the other hand, 136 degrees Centigrade water is well past boiling point (100C) and is more than hot enough to scald.”
...Wouldn’t water heated to 135 C just be steam? How could water stay in a liquid state that far beyond it’s boiling point???
Treon got the OJ "dipstick" jury.
I'm a victim, gimme my money.
OOPS! I meant “its” boiling point.
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