Boston Law Firm Feinberg & Alban Wins $7.7 Million Jury Verdict After Insurance Company Offers Only $200,000

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Boston personal injury attorney Robert Feinberg wins a $7.7 million including interest jury award for a boiler maker who was severely burned by steam and super-heated water from a poorly maintained industrial water heater

Boston personal injury lawyer Robert Feinberg

Boston injury lawyer Robert Feinberg wins large jury verdict for client

It was important for the jury to understand the impact this had on my client's life. It was even more important for the jury to understand that the accident was the fault of the condominium complex and not that of my client’s.

Boston injury attorney Robert I. Feinberg, partner at the law firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C., won a $7.7 million jury award (including interest) for a 46-year-old boiler repairman severely burned when a supposedly empty and depressurized industrial water heater he was fixing in a condominium complex spewed steam and super-heated water. The case (C.A. NO: 2008-02502) was heard in Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn, MA before a jury after the condo complex’s insurance company offer to settle the case for $200,000 was refused, Feinberg said..

“It was important for the jury to understand the negative impact that this incident has had on my client’s entire life,” said Boston burn injury attorney, Robert Feinberg. “Actually, however, it was even more important for the jury to understand that the accident was the fault of the condominium complex and not that of my client’s.”

After the incident, the victim (plaintiff) spent three weeks in a hospital burn unit. He had been burned over more than 50 percent of his body and underwent a total of four skin graft surgeries. According to evidence presented at the trial, the plaintiff was also diagnosed as having developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that prevented him from returning to work.

According to court testimony, the plaintiff had 20 years experience repairing commercial boilers. On the day of the incident, he was assigned to work on the condo‘s industrial hot water heater to repair a leaking gasket. The 50-year-old boiler was not well-maintained. Although the client received verbal assurances from the condo manager and noted evidence that the tank was properly prepared for the repair, he still checked the gauges. These told him that the tank was empty and the pressure had been released, making the tank safe. However, when he went to open the water heater to repair the faulty gasket, pressurized super-heated hot water and steam blew out, the victim testified.

About Feinberg & Alban, P.C.

Founded in 1938 by the late Philip I. Feinberg, the law firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. concentrates its practice on complex personal injury law in Boston and the surrounding region. The firm’s attorneys handle cases such as wrongful death, premises liability, nursing home malpractice, construction accidents, and pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle and auto accidents. For more information, please visit the firm's website or call (617) 232-5950.


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