Jackson Fire Accidents Lawyer
A fire accident is actionable when it’s caused by the negligence of another party. This happens more frequently than you might think. Lawsuits such as these occur when a landlord or property owner fails to ensure that their property is safe for their residents, and more recently, a number of product liability lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries. In this article, we’ll discuss fire accident lawsuits and how a Jackson fire accidents lawyer can help you recover damages related to your injuries.
Premises liability lawsuits and fire accidents
There are several instances in which a family or resident can file a lawsuit against a landlord or property owner for fire accident lawsuits. Landlords are required to ensure that their premises are safe, up to code, that multiple fire detectors are placed strategically throughout the home, and that the electrical wiring is safely installed. In these cases, the landlord is presumed to have a responsibility toward his tenants. If the electrical wiring is bad, or the home is missing fire detectors, the landlord can be held responsible for any injuries caused to their tenants.
Product liability lawsuits and fire accidents
While lithium-ion batteries aren’t the only device that contributes to fire hazards, they are, in recent years, the most likely device to burn down a home. Right now, Amazon is facing lawsuits related to a defective hoverboard that caused the lithium-ion battery to overheat and ignite. Several lawsuits have been filed against battery makers for vape pens and related equipment, which in some cases, explode in their users’ faces. Tesla and other car manufacturers are facing lawsuits related to defective lithium-ion batteries that can ignite, even when the car is in park and shut down.
Such lawsuits are filed under a theory of product liability. Companies are strictly liable for their products. If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, your chances of recovering damages are quite good.
Work-related lawsuits and fire accidents
Perhaps the majority of fire accidents occur when a worker is on the job. While workers’ compensation may prevent some employees from filing lawsuits against their employer, you may be entitled to file lawsuits against third parties for dangerous equipment. If they don’t, they can be sued. Additionally, those injured by third parties, contractors, or defective equipment can also be sued. Depending on whether or not your employer pays into workers’ comp, or your action is filed against a third party, you may be able to file a lawsuit against negligent parties to recover damages far in excess of what you would be awarded through workers’ compensation.
Contact a Jackson, MS Personal Injury Attorney Today
Keith B. French Law PLLC helps those injured by fire hazards recover damages related to their injuries. Call today to schedule a free consultation and we can begin preparing your case immediately.