Defective Dishwasher Burns Woman

Defective Dishwasher Burns Woman

A federal appeals court recently reinstated a $1.7 million verdict in the lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who was burned to death due to a fire accident with the dishwasher.

The woman, who was a resident of Louisburg, Kan., was reportedly asleep when the fire ignited in the kitchen.

Defective Product Causes Death

Emily Michelle McCoy, 24, was sleeping in her bedroom when the fire ignited.

When firefighters came to the scene they found her body, which had collapsed onto the second floor, in the debris.

Damage to the McCoy’s home amounted to more than $500,000.

Family Sues Whirlpool

After the incident, Emily’s parents and their insurance company, American National Property & Casualty Co., filed a suit against the makers of the defective dishwasher, Whirlpool Corp.

The suit claims that the 1996 Kenmore New Generation dishwasher caused the fire and that Whirlpool knew that they had manufactured and were selling a defective product.

Company Refutes Claims

After the company refuted the claims made by the family in 2000, the case was retried in 2005 and the jury found Whirlpool responsible for the girl’s death, awarding the McCoy’s $1.7 million.

However, since the verdict, Whirlpool continued to refute the claims until earlier this week when the case was finally closed.

“This whole thing to the McCoy’s was about a defective dishwasher and Whirlpool not accepting responsibility,” says Lynn R. Johnson, the McCoy’s attorney.

(Source: Kansas City News)

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