Gas Explosion Negligence Claims
Gas explosions are more common than many people imagine and their effects can be devastating, resulting in debilitating injuries and even death. Since many gas explosions are caused by some sort of negligence (carelessness), you can recover your damages in court if you can prove your claim. A negligence claim might arise from:
- Defective product
- Faulty installation of a gas-powered appliance
- Failure to maintain or inspect
- Among other bases of liability
Personal Injury Claims
You can file a negligence lawsuit based on personal injury if you were injured in a gas explosion. In order to win, you must prove that the defendant acted or failed to act in a manner that could be considered careless in light of the circumstances, and that this negligence caused the accident that injured you.
Your claim might be based on a defective product such as a water heater, for example, if you can show that it was manufactured in a negligent manner.
It might also be based on the provision of services in a negligent manner if, for example, your employer failed to properly train employees in the installation or use of machinery that caused an explosion. Trained specialists are held to a higher standard of skill than the general public, and can be found negligent if they fail to meet this standard.
Normally, winning plaintiffs are entitled to 2 types of damages:
Special damages are specific, easy to quantify expenses that arise from your injury, such as:
- treatment for burns or other medical procedures
- lost wages while you are out of work during your recovery period
- incidental expenses arising from your injury such as transportation to and from medical clinics.
General damages, often several times higher than special damages, compensate you for the psychological trauma you inevitably endure when you suffer a serious injury.
The court might reduce your damages in proportion to the extent to which the accident was your fault. If the court decides that you were 15% at fault, for example, for failing to properly maintain a gas-powered appliance or for ignoring warning signs that it was malfunctioning, it will subtract 15% from your damages. If you were equally at fault, or even more at fault than the defendant, the court might not award you any damages at all.
A court might find that two or more defendants were at fault in the accident. For example, it might find that a valve on a gas-powered appliance was improperly installed (thereby causing a gas leak) and that faulty electrical wiring produced a spark that ignited the explosion. In this case, the court might impose joint liability, meaning that you can recover the full amount of damages from any one of the defendants if you choose to.
Certain relatives of a deceased gas explosion victim can file a wrongful death claim and recover both special and general damages for the loss of their loved one.
The Highly Seasoned Lawyers at Zinda Law Group are Ready to Help You
If you or your relative has been injured or killed in a gas explosion that was the fault of another, your losses could be devastating, and you will need superior legal representation to claim the compensation you deserve. Zinda Law Group is a highly- regarded personal injury law firm that has been approved by the local Better Business Bureau® due to our client satisfaction record.
Our lawyers are ready to fight for you, and we will do everything possible to ensure that you receive best possible settlement or judgment. Call us as immediately at 800-863-5312 for a free initial consultation.
Where Zinda Law Group Practices:
As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.
Types of Cases We Handle:
We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents. We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.