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School liability - Alleged dangerous window pane in school - Glass pane shatters when fellow student slams door - Plaintiff student suffers severe laceration and ulnar nerve damage - Liability only.

Kings County, NY

The plaintiff, then 15, contended that the glass in the pane of a school hall doorway was dangerous because of the absence of a protective coating and that the reinforced nature of the glass was insufficient. The plaintiff maintained that the alleged defect resulted in the glass shattering as a male student she was chasing slammed the door and her left arm and hand suffering injury.

The plaintiff maintained that the door in question had broken a number of times in the past, and that the defendant knew that such protective coating was necessary. The defendant denied that the door was dangerous. The defendant also contended that in order to be effective, the coating advanced by the plaintiff would impede an individual’s ability to see through the glass, violating the Fire Code.

The jury found for the defendant.

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