Liability for Damages in Appliance Gas Explosions
Hundreds of millions of Americans use appliances in their homes that rely on either propane or natural gas. An explosion can destroy property and, more importantly, injure or even kill people. Personal injury law allows you to recover damages from the party or parties responsible for an appliance explosion, regardless of where in the United States they are located.
Appliances that Can Explode
Gas explosions can occur with quite a number of household appliances including:
- Water Heaters
- Central Heating Units
- Air Conditioners
- Barbecue Grills
- Clothes Dryers
- Electrical Generators
These appliances can explode, or, more dangerously, in some cases they can leak gas into the surrounding air and cause a generalized explosion as soon as a spark is created. A devastating home fire is the frequent aftermath of a gas appliance explosion.
Losses You Can Recover
If you were hurt in a natural gas explosion, you can recover your medical bills for injuries such as burns, broken bones or other injuries. If your spouse or an eligible relative was killed in an explosion, you might be able to recover “wrongful death” damages in your own name.
Texas damages awards cover not only tangible expenses such as medical bills and lost wages, but also psychological damages such as pain and suffering. In fact, these psychological damages (known as “general damages”) often amount to far more than damages for tangible losses.
If the appliance explosion was caused by a faulty product, you may be able to sue the manufacturer or the seller of the product on a product liability theory of liability. In this case, you can win without proving that the defendant did anything wrong -- you have to prove the existence of a defect in the product.
If the explosion was caused by the provision of faulty services (such as careless repairs), you may be able to recover damages based on negligence liability from the person who performed the repair or, if this person is an employee, from his employer.
To win, you will have to show that the defendant rendered services in a careless, unprofessional manner, and that this carelessness was the cause of your injury and your damages.
If the explosion happened at your workplace and you are an employee, you might be able to recover workman’s compensation damages from your employer’s insurer. Since the amount of these damages is limited by law, they may not be enough to fully compensate you, and you may be forced to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you smell gas, be sure not to light a cigarette, use your phone, turn on a light or use an electrical appliance. Leave the building immediately (after alerting others who may be at risk) and call the gas company or your local police/fire department.
Call Zinda Law Group Today to Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you have been hurt in an appliance explosion, or if your spouse was killed in such an accident, expert legal representation might make the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit, or between obtaining full compensation and obtaining a woefully inadequate sum. Zinda Law Group is a respected personal injury law firm that offers expert services. Our satisfied clientele is one of the reasons that we have been approved by the Better Business Bureau®.
Our professional and focused attorneys will fight for your rights and search every avenue to see that you receive fair compensation for your losses. Call us immediately at 800-863-5312 for a free initial consultation, so that we can discuss your case.
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.