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Penn State student sues landlord over hot shower

Published: Tue, August 6, 2013 @ 8:36 a.m.

Penn State student sues landlord over hot shower

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University student is suing his former landlord, alleging he was burned by a scalding shower at his State College apartment.

The Centre Daily Times reports Novi, Mich., resident Jason Miller is seeking more than $75,000 in damages from Michael Falk, of Falk Realty and Falk Realty Management Inc.

In the suit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court, Miller alleges he fainted in the shower March 5 and suffered second- and third-degree burns from the hot water. The suit says the shower faucet had not been updated since 1969 and was not equipped with an anti-scalding device.

Miller says he suffered burns and scarring and that his skin is unusually sensitive to sunlight.


1JoeFromHubbard(972 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

A simple process that was apparently NOT followed:

1) Allow the running water temperature of both hot and cold to stabilize.

2) Adjust the mixture for a comfortable temperature.

3) Recheck the mixed water temperature just before getting into the shower or bath.

4) Do not enter the shower in an intoxicated state.

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2DwightK(1234 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

With an old faucet you can flush a toilet and suck away the cold water from someone in the shower, leaving them to get blasted with hot water. The amount of damage done depends on what temperature the water is being heated to.

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3olddude(196 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The wolverine mom ran the bath water for him the first 18 yrs of his life and he was sick the day this was taught in high school health class.. Or maybe he watched a late night tv commercial by Elk and Elk or Betras and Goldberg that told him to call them for just about anything that happens in life that has caused any pain..Regardless, the Realty co. has insurance because you have to have insurance for everything these days and State Farm negotiates a settlement for 50k and Goldberg gets half of that and claims this is a win-win for all..

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