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Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues
    #4435669 - 07/21/05 11:17 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

NEW YORK - A woman who was branded with letters from the Consolidated Edison logo when she fell off a skateboard onto a searing hot manhole cover in Manhattan last year filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking unspecified damages from the utility.



Elizabeth C. Wallenberg, 27, was burned just above her buttocks and on her left arm when she fell off her skateboard onto a cover over a steam pipe at Second Avenue and 13th Street in the East Village shortly after midnight on Aug. 11, 2004, said her lawyer Ronald Berman.

"It literally looked like a brand that had been applied by someone," Berman said about the burn marks left on Wallenberg's body.

He said she was treated for the injury in the Beth Israel Hospital emergency room and was released.

Wallenberg, then a Brooklyn resident who worked for Paper magazine, reportedly said she heard her skin sizzle and saw an "o" and an "n" from the hot cover impressed upon her body. Wallenberg has been told the scarring is permanent, Berman said.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accused Con Ed of "negligence, carelessness, recklessness and culpable conduct" related to Wallenberg's injuries.

Court papers said Wallenberg, now a factory worker who lives in Portland, Ore., is entitled to compensatory and punitive damages because of Con Ed's "reprehensible and egregious failure and refusal ... to protect the public from this manifestly clear and present danger."

Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said he had no comment on the lawsuit.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050722/ap_o...HNlYwMlJVRPUCUl


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4437384 - 07/22/05 10:46 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

:rofl:


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4437554 - 07/22/05 12:09 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

A woman who was branded with letters from the Consolidated Edison logo when she fell off a skateboard onto a searing hot manhole cover in Manhattan last year filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking unspecified damages from the utility.




She should sue the Sun for being so damn hot.

Actually, the utility company should sue her for "negligence, carelessness, recklessness and culpable conduct" for leaving a biohazard (dead skin) on their manhole cover.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: Seuss]
    #4437682 - 07/22/05 01:01 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I guess you missed the part about the steam pipe below the
manhole cover that caused the heat...

way to be.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: afoaf]
    #4437771 - 07/22/05 01:25 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I thought it was common knowledge that steam comes out of many man-hole covers? Not so suprising to me that he would be burned.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: afoaf]
    #4437782 - 07/22/05 01:28 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I want to see this chicks branded ass.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: Redstorm]
    #4437791 - 07/22/05 01:32 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

that's not the same type of steam that gets a manhole
cover to a high enough temperature to instantly sear
human flesh...

usually it's just like the steam that comes out of your
shower...moisture laden air.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: afoaf]
    #4437929 - 07/22/05 02:27 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

I guess you missed the part about the steam pipe below the
manhole cover that caused the heat...




I guess I did... please quote any line out of the original post that claims that escaping steam caused the manhole cover to become hot.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: Seuss]
    #4438087 - 07/22/05 03:01 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

...when she fell off her skateboard onto a cover over a steam pipe...

...accused Con Ed of "negligence, carelessness, recklessness and culpable conduct" related to Wallenberg's injuries.

I just put the two together, along with the severity of the wounds and
assumed that the steam pipe was leaking, heating the cover, recklessly
burning anyone unfortunate enough to come into contact with the cover.

reading comprehension or assumption...you make the call.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4438133 - 07/22/05 03:13 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

She should send in a pic of her branding to Consolidated skateboards. I'm sure the guys over there would love that. They'd probably hook her up with all kinds of free shit.

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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: afoaf]
    #4438184 - 07/22/05 03:30 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

> reading comprehension or assumption...you make the call.

A bit of both... and to be honest, I didn't put two and two together until you pointed it out. I had assumed the thing was hot from being in the sun, but see now that she was out after dark. Of course, she still must take part of the responsiblity for this... skate boarding down a dark road in the middle of the night is a bit reckless as well.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: Seuss]
    #4452689 - 07/25/05 11:23 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

WTF are you all talking about? Do you skate? Who cares if it's reckless...IT'S FUN! That's what skating is about.

Yeah, she's stupid because it's partially her fault she got burned. But people fall all the time, it happens. It's the city's fault for not doing something about the situation to begin with. However, I don't think she should sue. I know I personally would not sue as a first resort. If you get hurt skating, it's your own damn fault. You take risks, and shit like this happens. But if she had fallen on that same sewer cap, without it being so hot, do you think this story would have ever came up? No, because noone(no real skaters, anyway) complains about a little fall.

It's the city's fault she got burned, not hers. It would have happened to someone else eventually. Ever hear about people getting shocked because of faulty wiring on street lamps and such? The city needs to get their shit together.

Point is, she was in the wrong place doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. That makes her look bad because a lot of people have a negative impression about skaters. But if the same thing would have happened to an ordinary pedestrian, would they be blamed? I think not.


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Re: Skateboarder Branded by Manhole Cover Sues [Re: Seuss]
    #4454909 - 07/26/05 11:41 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

walking down a street in new york at night is dangerous...

but if an electric pole falls on your head due to the city's
negligence, that shouldn't put any onus on you, the victim.

this just as easily could have been some kid running
and tripping in the street in broad daylight...

does he have more or less right to sue?

is he more or less culpable for his injuries?

the city fucked up, the skater caught the short end of it
and there should be compensation.

pretty simple, really.


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