SEAS professor sues GW alleging negligence during bridge construction project

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Arzhang Zamani, an adjunct professor in SEAS, is suing the University for the alleged injuries he received while doing research.

A part-time faculty member is suing the University alleging that he was injured while creating a bridge connection as part of a GW project.

In a four-page complaint filed in the D.C. Superior Court Thursday, Arzhang Zamani – an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science – claims that he suffered “injuries” after working on a project to create a bridge connection somewhere on campus. Zamani is asking for an amount to be determined at trial, not exceeding $10 million, in addition to legal costs for filing the suit.

Zamani claims that flying debris from the experiment injured him even though he followed safety precautions during the course of his work.

“As a direct and proximate result of the failure and flying debris, plaintiff suffered bodily injuries that have caused, and will continue to cause, physical and mental pain and suffering,” the complaint states.

The complaint is jointly filed against Sameh Badie, the SEAS professor who worked with him on the experiment. Zamani alleges that Badie was required to safely conduct the experiment, but he failed to safely design the experiment and properly implement safety mechanisms, the complaint states.

He is suing for Badie’s negligence and for GW’s “vicarious liability,” the responsibility of the University to oversee the project, according to the complaint.

Zamani claims he has lost money from therapeutic and medical costs and “lost wages.”

University spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said the University has not been served with the case and therefore “cannot comment on the specifics.”

Zamani and Badie did not immediately return requests for comment. Zamani’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

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