Australian Teen Awarded $693,395 After Falling off Bunk Bed During Sleepover

An Australian teenager who fractured his skull after falling off a bunk bed at a sleepover has been awarded almost $693,395 in damages.

Cameron Thomas was ten when he stayed overnight at his friend Joel Shaw's house - the first time he had been allowed at a sleepover - in April 2004.

But when his father arrived to pick him up the next day, he was moaning in pain and holding his head while blood poured from his nose and ear.

In a case that could spell the end of the childhood sleepover, the boy's father sued the friend's parents, William and Susan Shaw, claiming Thomas suffered a brain injury and developed learning and behavioral problems after falling from the top bunk, which had no ladder or guard rail.

The Shaws fought the case in the Supreme Court, claiming Thomas was skylarking and jumped from a chest of drawers, yelling "Geronimo.''

However Thomas gave evidence he tried to slide down from the bed because he was "too scared to jump.''

The Shaws said the guard rail of the top bunk bed broke shortly after they bought it and so they removed, breaching national safety standards, it but they said plenty of children had stayed over without an accident.

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