An exploding pumpkin might seem like something out of a bad Halloween movie, but in one instance, it was a reality. A lawsuit was recently filed in Cook County by a student who had been injured at school in 2014. The student, a UIC College Prep attendee, was hurt when a school science experiment went terribly wrong. An explosion occurred that sent three students to Stroger Hospital with chemical burns to their faces and eye irritation. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
If you or your child have been injured in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options for seeking monetary compensation.
The science class pupils were to conduct a lab experiment using a pumpkin. The lawsuit states that the student, a female, was mixing the components that included boric acid and methanol inside a hollowed-out pumpkin. The experiment did not work properly and the pumpkin exploded, causing injuries to the girl as well as to at least two other students. The student suffered serious injuries as a result of the explosion. The lawsuit names the school as well as the science teacher as responsible for the accident. The suit states that the teacher was negligent by mixing chemicals improperly and by conducting the experiment in too close a proximity to students. Additionally, the suit states that the student was not provided with protective safety goggles.
Teachers and other professionals in schools and learning facilities have a duty to protect the children while they are in class. This incident demonstrates that negligent behavior can cause significant harm to students while they are in school. When educators fail to provide a safe environment, their behavior may be deemed to be negligent, as it appears to be in this case. The teacher could have been more cautious when working with chemicals that are known to be potentially dangerous. Further, the teacher had the responsibility to keep students safe by ensuring that they wear the proper protective gear and stand far away from the possibly harmful chemicals while they are in use.
This is not the first time students have been hurt in science experiments. Recently, five children were injured in a flash fire that happened in a Fairfax, VA school science lab after a small explosion in an experiment that went awry. One girl’s hair was reportedly on fire and students were taken to the hospital for treatment.The extent of their injuries is not yet known. Last Fall, a few science students were burned during a tornado demonstration. Another similar situation was reported in Arizona in early 2015. The reality is that this type of accident can happen and can cause serious injuries when it does.
If you are a victim of a serious injury caused by another individual’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. In this case, the injured student is seeking repayment for medical expenses and other costs associated with the injury as well as compensation for her legal fees. When an injury occurs because of an accident, a lawsuit is the appropriate way to recover compensation for the victim’s losses. If you have been hurt because of the negligence of someone else seek legal help as soon as possible. Contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
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