Gas Explosion Lawyers in Dallas
While propane and natural gas are essential to our daily lives-heating our homes, cooking out meals, cleaning and drying our clothes, producing hot water, lighting our yard and powering our vehicles- they are not risk-free resources.
There is a reason why containers of propane gas have this warning plastered on them: "DANGER! Fires impinging (direct flame) on the outside surface of unprotected pressure storage vessels of Propane can be very dangerous. Direct flame exposure on the container wall can cause an explosion by BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion). This is a catastrophic failure of the vessel releasing the contents into a massive fireball and explosion. The resulting fire and explosion can result in severe equipment damage and personnel injury or death…"
In 2006, home heating equipment was involved in 64,100 home structure fires, 540 deaths and 1,400 injuries. Furthermore, between 1999 and 2008, burn centers found that 65% of burn injuries occurred within the home. When gas lines are not properly installed, tested or maintained- injuries can occur.
Who can be held liable?
Did a defective heating device, water heater or stove cause you harm? Negligence is usually the cause of a gas leak or an ignition of a gas leak. Other devices that can malfunction include: central cooling and heating systems, space heaters, outdoor grills, gas lights, ovens, dryers, fireplace logs, pool heaters and gas generators. When a Dallas gas explosion occurs, you should secure legal help in order to determine whether the company that supplied the gas, the party that installed the appliance, the seller of the appliance, the manufacturer of the appliance or the distributor of the appliance can be held responsible.
A person can be injured after inhaling gas, after the impact of an explosion, after inhaling smoke or by the resulting fires. When delays in equipment maintenance or repair, failure to give proper training, failure to properly communicate or failure to follow safety procedures occurs- accidents inevitably happen. Because approximately 26 million people use propane and 100 million use natural gas, dallas gas explosions are not uncommon. But, ironically- you are four times more likely to be involved in a fire or explosion using propane gas, rather than natural gas. Also, you are 13 times more likely to be severely injured or burned with propane gas, as opposed to natural gas.
Also, if your employer did not keep your workplace safe- he/she could be held liable for the explosion. Did a defective gas control valve, leaking propane tank, defective gas connector or leaking hose cause the explosion? You could hold the installer or manufacturer responsible. When gas lines corrode, they feed explosive chemicals into one's home- when a line ignites; the burn injuries that can result are truly catastrophic. If we can help you prove that another party's negligence caused the injuries you sustained, you could be eligible to receive compensation for past and future medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Something that can contribute to a gas explosion is called "odor fade." Because natural gas is odorless, gas companies add an odorant so that in the event of a leak, customers can smell the presence of gas. Since new steel gas pipes are highly absorbent, however, customers should be warned about these dangers and should ensure that an increasing amount of odorant is applied.
Gas Explosion Injuries
In the event of a gas explosion, many various injuries can be sustained which include:
- Crush injuries
- Compartment Syndrome
- Air embolism-induced injury
- Blast lung injury
If you have been seriously injured by a Dallas gas explosion, you should contact Zinda Law Group today- so that you can get competent legal counsel and guidance on your side. We would love to help you determine how you can move forward after this accident and help you distinguish what parties could be at fault. Don't delay any longer in securing the legal representation you need on your side, contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney!