Danny was running way behind on his mortgage and knew he was going to lose his home shortly. Danny decided to burn down his house and would therefore pay off his mortgage, plus make a few bucks extra. Danny set fire to his home and made it look like an electrical fire.
Paul was one of the first responders in his capacity as a volunteer fireman. Unfortunately, Paul sustained serious injuries in attempting to put the fire out before totally destroying Danny\’s home.
Issue: Will Danny be liable for Paul\’s bills and his pain and suffering?
Answer: Yes, the fire police will have no problem finding that Danny set the fire. Besides being held accountable for his criminal conduct, Danny will be potentially liable for civil damages including wage loss earning, medical expenses as well as his pain and suffering.
Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.