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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Skateboarder Sues Utility Over Manhole Branding

NEW YORK (AP) ó 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 (search) emergency room and 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
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I think she needs to sue the skateboard manufacturer as well. After all, she wouldn't have fallen had she not been on a skateboard.

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Yeah, but wtf is a manhole cover doing so hot that it can burn flesh if you touch it? Thats BS there... If it was a 2 year old that got branded it would be on CNN and the country would be up in arms and the lawsuit would be furious...

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Yeah, but wtf is a manhole cover doing so hot that it can burn flesh if you touch it? Thats BS there... If it was a 2 year old that got branded it would be on CNN and the country would be up in arms and the lawsuit would be furious...
Maybe, but then I'd have to question why a parent had their 2 year old over a manhole to begin with.

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You can't take 3 steps in NYC without touching a manhole cover though....

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the lawsuit might be questionable, but what about the lawyer who took it???
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the lawsuit might be questionable, but what about the lawyer who took it???

YOu cant blame the lawyer who wants to make money. Its his job to do what the client says legally.
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