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Gas explosions can result in major property damage or worse, serious injuries or death. In 1937, the worst school accident occurred: a natural gas explosion killed 300 kids in New London, Texas. Natural gas had built up in the building and when a teacher started a saw it threw off a spark and caused an explosion. Explosions can involve grills, camping trailers, homes, live-in horse trailers, mobile homes, and so forth. Virtually nothing is safe from these catastrophic accidents.
Years after the school tragedy in New London, safety has improved- but accidents still happen. When gas leaks occur, an individual can be injured by inhaling gas, by smoke inhalation, or by the explosionitself . Often, gas explosions are directly linked to the negligence of a gas company.
Almost every American uses gas each day- to cook a meal, heat water, or warm the house. The most common cause of gas explosions are natural gas leaks through leaking hoses, defective control valves or gas connectors, or leaking propane tanks. Often gas explosions are caused when:
- Cooking food is unattended, especially on BBQ grills
- Tanks and other combustible materials are not checked for leaks
- Gas tanks are not turned off after use
- LPG tanks are kept in proximity to matches, lighters, lit candles or campfires (see propane explosions)
- Workmen negligently re-connect gas supplies
Natural Gas Accidents
Several natural gas incidents have garnered a lot of attention in the United States. Sometimes accidents occur when someone improperly excavates near a pipeline. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), reports that there are more than two million miles of pipelines in the U.S., delivering trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton/miles of liquid petroleum annually. Gas line explosions often involve any of the following factors:
- Gas leaks
- Excavation near pipelines
- Improperly installed gas hookups
- Tanker truck accidents
- Gas drilling accidents (fracking explosions)
- Trainer refinery explosions
- Gas buildup in mines
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Construction & Work Sites
Besides the home, another place where gas explosions frequently occur at are construction sites; this is often caused because of the proximity to combustible materials and chemicals. Naturally, gas explosions occur often at oil refinery plants and involve acid spills, steam, oil, gasoline, or ammonia. When a plant does not upgrade equipment or enforce safety protocol, they can be held responsible for any injuries sustained.
If your employer did not keep your work site safe, not only are you eligible for worker's compensation (which can cover medical bills, long term care, lost wages, and pain and suffering), but if your boss' actions, or lack of action, is found to be "grossly negligent" you could be entitled to punitive damages as well.
Gas Explosion Injuries
When gas explosions occur, the injuries incurred are often horrendous: these can include anything from brain injuries to shrapnel injuries to severe burns. Other injuries can involve:
- Crush injuries
- Compartment syndrome
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of eyesight
- Blast lung injury
- Air embolism-induced injury
Who May Be Held Liable For My Injuries?
Because every case is unique, the at-fault party will differ on a case by case basis. A personal injury attorney can help you determine the party that may be held liable for your injuries, including:
- A gas or propane company
- A construction, maintenance, or installation company
- A product manufacturing company
- A landlord or homeowner
- The city, county, or state
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At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge that has helped victims seek compensation after suffering injuries as the result of a gas explosion. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to seek the compensation you may be entitled to.
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