Gas Explosion Attorneys
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. In 2006, home heating equipment caused 64,100 home structure fires, 540 deaths, and 1,400 injuries. When gas leaks occur, an individual can be injured by inhaling gas, by smoke inhalation or by the explosion. 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
This year, 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. From 2005 to 2009, there were 282 serious incidents involving pipelines in the United States. These accidents caused 51 injuries and 14 fatalities. 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
Construction & Work Sites
Besides the home, another place where gas explosions frequently occur at is construction sites- this is often caused because of the proximity to combustible materials and chemicals. Naturally, gas explosions occur often at oil refinery plants- involving 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 eligible for worker's compensation (which can cover medical bills, long term care, lost wages and pain and suffering), 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
After receiving medical care, if you have sustained gas explosion injuries, you should secure a personal injury attorney to investigate the details surrounding your accident. Your number one priority should be recovering, and you should entrust your claim to a law firm that has a successful record you can trust. As Texas SuperLawyers ®, Zinda Law Group has the credentials you can feel confident about. Call today for a free consultation.