Negligence Claim and the Doctrine of Respondeat Superior
The situation at Don and his wife barbeque party is an example of a negligence and product liability case that resulted in significant burns on John's body. While Don was did not know that the can of lighter fluid had several leaks, his actions and their consequences make him liable for negligence. In addition, the lighter fluid maker is liable for the product because of the leaks which generated inherent danger on users. Therefore, John should file a lawsuit against Don for negligence and sue the company that manufactures lighter fluid for product liability it had leaks with inherent danger that caused significant damage on his body.
In the lawsuit against Don for negligence, John should claim that Don did not use the required standard of care when using the lighter fluid because of the probable danger associated with such products. Generally, negligence liability is a civil matter that requires the victim to demonstrate that the defendant owed them duty of care ("What Can You be Liable For and Why?" n.d.). This implies that in the negligence claim against Don, John needs to prove that the duty of care owed to him was breached and resulted in foreseeable harm. In this scenario, it...
one-third burns on John's body.
As previously mentioned, John should also sue the company that manufactures lighter fluid for product liability. Generally, product liability involves holding a manufacturer liable for providing a defective product in the market ("What is Product Liability?" n.d.). In this case, the responsibility for the defective product that eventually resulted in significant burns on John's body lies with the manufacturer. Therefore, the grounds for the product liability claim against the lighter fluid maker is the need for a product with such danger to be made in a way that leaks would not occur and generate significant damage.
The Doctrine of Respondeat Superior
The doctrine of respondeat superior implies that employers or managers can be held liable for the explicit or indirect work-related actions of their employees. Generally, this legal doctrine considers the actions of the employee as the actions of the employer or manager (Sommerville, 2007, p.74). However, a respondeat superior claim is usually difficult to prove since it requires the victim to demonstrate…
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