Just ask Gonzo: 'Gimme a break'

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 24, 2006, 7:10am

Question: Would you be so kind to update the story about the woman who burned her leg when a pot handle broke causing her to burn her leg?

She sued Wal-Mart. Why? I think she should have sued the person who made the pot, don't you think? Also, the pot was a gift, what if it was purchased at K-Mart?

What's next? Are we going to sue Wal-Mart because we choke on a Kit-Kat Bar? Gimme a break!

Duane Thompson
Fairview Heights

Gonzo: All of your questions will be answered on Feb. 12, 2007, when Circuit Judge Nick Byron presides over a civil jury trial.

Krystal Blacknell filed the personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming her leg was burned after a two-handled pot containing boiling water broke while she lifted it from the stove.

According to the suit filed in Madison County Circuit Court Nov. 16, 2005, Blacknell claims that the pot--which she received as a housewarming gift--was unreasonably dangerous. She is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

The brand of the pot was not disclosed in the suit.

The injury allegedly happened Oct. 28, 2005, after a screw came loose from one of the pot's handles.

She claims she sustained serious and permanent injuries, scarring, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Blacknell is represented by James Gorman of Lucco, Brown, Threlkeld and Dawson of Edwardsville.

Robbye Hill Toft of St. Louis will represent Wal-Mart during the trial.

Shortly after the suit was filed, Wal-Mart removed it to federal court. However, in April, District Judge David Herndon remanded the case back to Madison County.

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