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ARTICLE ID 192616

$________ CONFIDENTIAL Homeowner's Negligence – Personal Negligence – Plaintiff is injured when homeowner permits guest to empty the contents of a barrel into fire pit – Explosion of spray can causes the plaintiff to suffer burns to her arm, legs, and stomach – Scarring.

Withheld County, MA

In this negligence matter, the plaintiff, a guest of the defendant homeowner’s family, alleged that the homeowner and a guest were negligent in emptying the unknown contents of a barrel into a fire pit on the defendant’s property resulting in the explosion of a spray paint can. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff suffered extensive burns and permanent scarring. The defendants each denied liability and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The 27-year-old female plaintiff was a guest at the defendant homeowner’s residence, having been invited by the owner’s child who lived at home. During the evening, the defendant host permitted the co-defendant, another guest at the party, to empty a barrel with unknown contents into the host’s fire pit. The barrel was labeled fire wood; however, it evidently contained a spray paint can which caused an explosion. As a result of the explosion the plaintiff suffered burns from the shooting flames on her stomach, legs and arm. She suffered permanent scarring as a result of the incident and had to undergo debridement and skin grafting procedures.

The plaintiff incurred $________ in medical expenses. The plaintiff brought suit against both the host and the guest alleging negligence. The defendants each denied liability and blamed the other for the injuries sustained by the plaintiff. The parties agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s claim for the total sum of $________ through mediation and negotiation.

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