Johnson v. Matheison, et al – $1,500,000 historic record settlement in a severe burn injury case against a teacher and a principal with an immunity defense. (Douglas County Superior Court, 2016)
A young woman who was badly burned when a chemistry experiment went awry at a Douglas County high school has settled her claims against a teacher and school principal for $1.5 million.
Olivia Johnson was an 18-year-old senior at Chapel Hill High School when a teacher demonstrating how various chemicals display different colors when exposed to flame suddenly poured methanol, or wood alcohol, into a container the teenager had just lit.
Johnson was engulfed in flames, suffering suffered severe burns all over her upper body, for which she receives ongoing treatment.