A mechanic is the defendant of a recent personal injury lawsuit filed after he allegedly set fire to a transient man because he was upset that the man would not leave the area. He is contended to have committed the unthinkably horrendous act against a 64 year-old military veteran who spent half of a year in the hospital after the fire attack. The 64 year-old veteran fire victim suffered third-degree burns over almost fifteen percent of his body, primarily on his hands and face. The fire victim personal injury lawsuit was filed last week and seeks punitive damages for negligence, intentional tort, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress against the 33 year-old man and his employer, the Firestone Complete Auto Care. The defendant was working as a mechanic at the Firestone when he saw the plaintiff in an alley behind the auto shop. He became irate because he had warned the plaintiff to leave and not return two days prior.
The 64 year-old victim’s medical expenses incurred exceed $1.5 million to date. The lawsuit contends that the physical pain, scars, and emotional distress caused in the horrific fire incident will be with him for the rest of his life. The personal injury lawsuit alleges that the employer should be held responsible for the actions of the defendant since his actions were performed within the course of their employment. In a statement, the employer denied any responsibility for the fire attack on the veteran. They further acknowledged that the incident was appalling and senseless, but further described that “it was the result of a personal dispute between [the plaintiff and the defendant], who was sent to prison after being convicted of the criminal acts.” As such, they allege that the personal injury lawsuit filed against the employer is without merit.
Read more about the personal injury lawsuit by visiting The Orange County Register.