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Student Receives $60 Million For Suffering Chemistry Accident

According to statistics, more than 9 million children end up in the emergency room each year, many of them suffering from fall injuries. School children commonly suffer from these slip-and-fall injuries while at school. Playground, sports injuries, fights, bullying, and food poisoning also account for injuries suffered by students while at school. Courts have placed upon teachers and administrators a “duty of care” to ensure student safety while at school. This means that schools are legally required to do everything they can to prevent foreseeable harm to students. This includes providing a safe environment for students. If a student is injured at school, a parent may be able to seek compensation for the child’s injury.

The Huffington Post reports that a court has awarded a New York City high school student $60 million for injuries suffered in a chemistry accident.

Alonzo Yanes, now 21, has been awarded a hefty settlement by a jury on Monday. A Manhattan jury awarded Yanes nearly $60 million dollars after a chemistry demonstration that occurred in 2014 engulfed him in flames, disfiguring him.

The life-threatening accident occurred at Beacon High School in New York City. In January 2014, Yanes was a sophomore attending chemistry class. Instructor Anna Poole was performing the “rainbow experiment” which involved combining methanol with mineral salts to produce colorful flames. Poole was using a gallon jug to pour the methanol. A fireball shot out, catching Yanes on fire.

Yanes was hospitalized for five months and had to endure numerous skin graft surgeries for the burns that covered 30% of his body. The burns covered his face, neck, arms, and hands. The jury found that both the Department of Education and Poole were at fault in the accident. The financial award is intended to cover Yanes’ medical bills as well as his pain and suffering.

As a result of the incident involving Yanes,’ the experiment is no longer being performed in New York City Schools.

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