When someone suffers a burn injury as a result of the negligence of another person, they may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person. Burns are not always as cut and dry as other types of injuries because there are lots of different scenarios where a burn injury can occur.
In some cases, the liability comes from a defective product. An example, a highly flammable piece of clothing or something electronic that’s not properly wired and catches fire after being plugged in for too long.
In other cases, the burn happened as a result of someone’s negligent action in a more direct way. A famous example of this is the McDonald’s case where an elderly woman suffered third degree burns from a cup of McDonald’s coffee that was heated well beyond what was required.
Another example is an overfilled propane tank that ignites could be negligence on the part of the person who filled that tank. In these examples, a person’s action directly caused another person’s burn injury through their negligence.
An Atlanta burn injury attorney can provide more information about your rights after these kinds of incident.