December 5, 2012
Explosion in Chemistry Class
Last week, a local middle school chemistry class ended in an explosion. Seven people were injured and two were transported via helicopter to John Hopkins. Fortunately, all seven are now out of the hospital. The chemistry teacher is reputed to be extremely cautious, and it is not yet clear what happened to cause the explosion. The Patriot News (Harrisburg) has an article, including contributions from Widener TortsProf Randy Lee, about the legal issues in suing over such an incident.
Those of you struggling to write an exam might consider this as the basis for a question. By tweaking the facts a bit, you can test negligence, contrib, assumption of risk, battery, sovereign immunity, etc.
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