Gas and propane explosions typically result in devastating injuries that can be lifelong when they don’t end in death. Burns to the body are extremely painful, many times causing permanent disfigurement. These types of explosions frequently occur due to the negligence of a company or individual. Gas pipelines, tanks, and valves are meant to be leakproof, so when there is a leak that causes an explosion, there is a good chance that negligence is to blame.
When gas piping systems, tanks, valves, and gas appliances are improperly designed, installed, or maintained, leaks can occur, leading to explosions. Frequently, it’s due to negligence at the time of installation or later during maintenance or repair. Some of the common causes of gas leaks leading to natural gas explosions include:
With gas leaks, there are often early warning signs that can prevent explosions. Still, the responsible parties fail to identify them or take timely action to repair them, triggering an explosion. Numerous types of explosions cause injury or death, including natural gas explosions, chemical explosions, and explosions caused by dust. Some blasts have the power to level buildings, while others release extreme amounts of heat and fire that can damage homes or buildings blocks away.
Explosions can cause a wide range of injuries, including blunt force trauma, crush injuries, lacerations, and of course, burns. When an explosion occurs, a blast wave creates pressure that can injure every organ in your body, including your eardrums, brain, and lungs. Lacerations, or cuts and gashes, can require stitches, surgeries, and even amputations. Crush injuries occur when debris falls on an individual. These injuries may lead to a loss of limbs and death. Burns are the most common form of explosion injury, and they can lead to lifelong disabilities, disfigurements, and death.
If you or a family member has been hurt in an explosion, you need to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Not only is there a timeframe in which you have to file a personal injury claim, but over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed during the clean-up from the blast. Evidence has to be preserved after the explosion to prove your case.
The attorney you hire will begin investigating and collecting evidence right away, interviewing witnesses, navigating insurance claims, and reviewing medical records. You may not be in great shape to seek help immediately after sustaining injuries from the explosion, but it’s important to get started as soon as you can.
An experienced legal team will identify all the responsible parties they can find. For example, if you were injured by an apartment explosion, the building owner, landlord, public utilities, maintenance workers, and equipment or appliance manufacturers could all be held liable depending on the details of the explosion.
Sometimes it’s a maintenance worker who mistakenly cuts a gas line that causes an explosion. Other times, explosions occur because an employee doesn’t follow safety policies and procedures. In still other cases, pipelines are improperly installed, capped, or maintained, resulting in an explosion. Whatever the cause, an explosion is often a result of negligence. When it is, you need an experienced attorney to represent you in an explosion lawsuit.
At Ross Feller Casey, we’ve helped clients who have suffered devastating injuries and death resulting from explosions. For example, our attorneys recovered $36.4 million in a workplace injury lawsuit for the family of a man killed in an oil refinery explosion. And we are currently litigating a wrongful death lawsuit for the family of a utility worker who died in a Lancaster, Pennsylvania home gas explosion.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a gas explosion, you might be entitled to a financial recovery. We want to protect your rights and ensure that you get justice and the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today for a free case review. All explosion cases are handled on a contingency basis. You won’t pay anything until we win a settlement or verdict in your case.
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