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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bronx Teen in Hot Water Over Scalding Injury

Q: Can a minor be arrested for assault?

Most teenage girl sleepovers involve a limited degree of usually innocent pranking. A game of “truth or dare”, some prank phone calls, or maybe a magic marker mustache on the first girl to fall asleep. Certainly nothing that might be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Or an arrest for assault.

But at a recent girls’ sleepover in the Bronx, the hostess child allegedly intentionally poured a cup of boiling water on one of her sleeping guests, causing the victim to suffer burns on her face, neck, chest and back. At the time of the sleepover, both girls were 12-years old and had reportedly been long-time, very close neighborhood friends who spent much time at each other’s homes and had even travelled together.

The alleged act was possibly prompted by a popular social media stunt called the "hot water challenge" which is similar to the previously popular “ice bucket challenge” of a few years ago that called for people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads and nominate friends to do the same, and/or to donate to medical research.

But rather than dousing oneself in harmless freezing cold water for the benefit of a scientific research for ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease or another cause, the apparently purposeless hot water challenge has people "trying to withstand extremely hot water" that they either pour over themselves or dip their own hand or foot into. The activity has no known philanthropic or altruistic purpose and is highly-dangerous --especially if inflicted upon another person. In certain instances, it could potentially be deadly—a fact that young children may not necessarily comprehend.

The victim’s mother is steamed over the "sick and vicious act" that resulted in the hostess girl’s arrest for assault and she is reportedly seeking justice on her burned daughter’s behalf.

A personal injury action arises when someone is injured as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of somebody else. Once liability is established, compensatory damages may include current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, property damage, physical and psychological pain and suffering, and more depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was not your fault or by someone else’s intentional and malicious actions, the Goldstein Law Firm in Bronx, New York is an experienced personal injury firm with proven results that may help you obtain the financial compensation to which you are entitled.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We represent clients throughout New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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