McIntyre v. XYZ Hotel (Orange County Superior Court)
A retired police officer sustained third degree burns to his right foot from a steam shower in a handicapped room at a local hotel, resulting in below knee amputation. The officer suffered from neuropathy and thus, could not feel the steam burning his foot while he was in the shower for less than 15 minutes. The suit was brought against the hotel operator, hotel contractor, and the manufacturer of the steam unit. Counsel determined that the police officer was the 13th person who suffered serious injuries or had died from using the steam unit. An early settlement was reached with the manufacturer and the case proceeded against the hotel operator and contractor. The parties picked the jury before the remaining defendants agreed to settle.