October 8, 2019, PLLR News
Defective breathing hose
The estate of a firefighter who suffocated when a hose ruptured in her self-contained breathing apparatus during a fire sued the device’s manufacturer, alleging a design defect led to the hose’s rupture. The parties settled for $7 million. Johnson v. Scott Health & Safety.
Firefighter Joyce Craig, 37, responded to a house fire using a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). During the blaze, a buddy breather hose carrying air from the SCBA air cannister to her facemask ruptured, causing her to suffocate. Craig is survived by her two children.
Craig’s estate sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., among others, alleging that the hose, which was designed and manufactured by Goodyear, contained a design defect that led to the depletion of Craig’s oxygen supply.
The defense asserted that another entity manufactured the buddy breather hose.
The parties settled for $7 million.
Citation: Johnson v. Scott Health & Safety, No. 000623 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Phila. Cnty. June 11, 2019).
Plaintiff counsel: AAJ members Robert J. Mongeluzzi, David Kwass, and David Langsam, all of Philadelphia.