Case Conclusion Date: May 13, 2009
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: Confidential settlement in favor of Plaintiff
Description: Ms. Panoushek was a new tenant in a W. Rutland apartment building owned by Mr. John Olson and whose plumbing was maintained by plumber Bernie Webster, whose license had lapsed and who used unlicensed personnel to make a hot water tank installation at Mr. Olson's apartment building. The negligent installation resulted in severe scalding to Ms. Panoushek when she took a shower in her new apartment. Plaintiff's hospitalization and other medical expenses exceeded $189,000. Plaintiff alleged negligent maintenance of the plumbing fixtures and noncompliance with the applicable plumbing code when the hot water tank was installed without a code compliant mixing valve to modulate the hot water to plaintiff's shower.