Girl Severely Burned While Washing Hands in Shorewood Bathroom: Lawsuit

The girl suffered "severe and permanent third-degree burns" while washing her hands, according to the lawsuit.

A girl suffered horrible burns while washing her hands in a Shorewood bathroom, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Scarlett McPhillips-Newcomb by her mother, Bonnie McPhillips-Newcomb. Scarlett is a minor, according to the lawsuit, which does not specify her age.

Scarlett was "attempting to wash her hands in a bathroom faucet" in a Ranchwood Drive house when she suffered "severe and permanent third-degree burns on her hands" in April, the lawsuit said.

Third-degree burns "involve all layers of the skin and cause permanent tissue damage," according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

"Fat, muscle and even bone may be affected," the site said. "Areas may be charred black or appear dry and white."

Scarlett's hands may have been burned due to a water heater that was left to "remain in an unreasonably dangerous condition, in that it caused water to be heated to a degree that was unsafe for washing hands within the home," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit identified the owners of the home as Lisa and John Dobbyn and named the couple as defendants.

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Clutche July 17, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Frizzy McGee July 17, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Wow...this makes no sense. Unless the girl was forcefully held in the bathroom and made to scald her hands, I don't understand how this could happen. I have two kids and if the water is too hot...THEY TURN ON THE COLD WATER TOO.
JaB July 18, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Must have been an awfully young minor. To scald your hands that badly, I agree they had to have been left under the running water for some period of time. And if it was that hot, the "minor" should have seen the steam. More over than that, the water had to be running for a while because the water that comes from your faucet when you turn it on is the water that has been setting in the pipes throughout the entire house! Its not until that water clears do you get anything from the water heater.
Darlene Kotrba Christians July 19, 2014 at 01:05 AM
Sounds a little fishy to me!!! If with an instant on water heater..the water can no way be that hot. I think some one is peeing down someone's leg and calling it rain. Judge Judy on the case.


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