Bad chemistry leads to $600,000 fine for UC

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati will pay a Hamilton County couple $600,000 to settle a claim over a chemistry demonstration explosion that caused second and third degree burns to their daughter.

Komeshia and Calvin Robinson filed a three-count complaint in the Court of Claims on June 10, 2011 alleging that UC was negligent by "failing to properly administer chemical agents during an experiment/demonstration that resulted in an explosion" and by "failing to properly ensure the safety of students at The Calvary School, in particular Atiya Robinson."

UC employees Sadiq Hassib Silbak and Felicia Wallace conducted the experiment at the school's auditorium on January 31, 2011.

Ethanol ignited and exploded, burning Atiya.

Her brother, Amira, watched his sister catch fire. She sustained burns to her arm, face and leg.

"Some of her injuries will result in permanent scarring and disfigurement which will create anguish and suffering in the future and which may require future surgery and medical expense," according to the complaint.

The complaint also stated that the parents had suffered a loss of consortium and services of their children.

The Court of Claims of Ohio approved the settlement agreement on July 26.