Case:“Doe” v. Auto Manufacturer and Medical Center
Result: $3 million settlement
Doe entered a rehabilitation center seeking help from an addiction. She was not supposed to be allowed to leave, and her car keys should have been locked up. The center was responsible for making sure that she was properly cared for and protected during her recovery.
In an impaired and confused state, Doe took her car keys and left the center. She was involved in a serious car crash, which resulted in a massive fire. The fire started due to a mechanical defect in the car’s fuel system.
The victim suffered serious and extensive burns.
Kevin Coluccio took on both the rehabilitation center that neglected the victim, and auto manufacturer responsible for the car’s defect.
Case:“Doe” v. Propane Company
One morning after a snowstorm, Mr. Doe went to his shop to work on several projects. He opened the door and turned on the thermostat.
Within minutes, an explosion occurred. The shop went up in flames.
Doe escaped through a side door, but he was badly burned. He was transported to a local hospital and then to the burn clinic at Harborview Medical Center. The shop and everything in it had extensive damage.
Investigators figured out that the cause of the fire was a propane tank leaking gas.
The law requires that gas piping be installed at a minimum depth, and that the piping be properly supported. In this case, the propane tank’s pipes were incorrectly installed.
Heavy snow had moved the piping and caused a link. The gas seeped into the shop. When the furnace was turned on, the gas ignited.
Doe had no notice that the piping was incorrectly installed, or that he was in danger.