17 year old awarded $670,200 after suffering burns to 44 percent of his body at a friend’s party

May 12, 2023 | Publication

The plaintiff, Mr Tre Lawson suffered extensive burns when he was aged 17 years, on 6 November 2016 whilst he was on premises occupied by the defendant, Mr Raymond Hubbard. The court found that the injuries were incurred due to the negligence of the defendant and awarded $670,200.

On Sunday, 6 November 2016 the plaintiff was on the defendant’s premises to attend a birthday party and barbeque arranged for the defendant’s son.

Whilst the plaintiff was seated near an outdoor homemade fire pit on the premises, the defendant poured an accelerant onto the flames in the fire pit. An explosion then occurred, following which the plaintiff sustained substantial burns with resultant scarring to large areas of his body, including his face, both upper limbs, both lower limbs, as well as incurring shock and psychological sequelae. The plaintiff received burns to 44 per cent of the skin area of his body.

No defence was filed by the defendant and default judgment was entered.

The decision can be read in full here: https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/1751acf087b9ab3dc4766ecd

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