Natural gas is used to heat more than half the homes in the United States. Propane is the most common source of energy in rural areas that do not have natural gas service. The overwhelming majority of Americans are at risk from gas explosions from these sources on a day-to-day basis.
Gas explosions commonly result in severe burns, catastrophic injury, or death, in addition to extensive property damage. Burn survivors suffer devastating pain and frequently disfigurement. Medical treatment for burn injuries often includes skin grafts, plastic surgery, and a lifetime of professional care. Gas explosion victims deserve to be compensated for their injuries, including medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, and loss of quality of life.
Gas explosion cases are extremely complex and sometimes difficult to prove. Most of the evidence has usually been destroyed in the blast and determining liability involves investigation into the acts and omissions of various different parties. The victim bears the burden of proving that the gas explosion was the result of the defendant’s negligence, and any number of parties could be held partially or completely liable.
Manufacturers and sellers of goods fueled by flammable gases must take special care to avoid producing defective products. Some of the most common causes of flammable gas explosions are:
- Improper installation
- Defective valves, connectors or seals
- Improper odorization
- Leaking hoses or tanks
- Inadequate labeling
- Negligent response to a gas leak
Depending on the circumstances, liability could fall upon the appliance manufacturer, the maintenance company, the gas or propane company, the landlord or building owner, or an unrelated party who negligently ruptured the gas line.
The complexity of these cases combined with the severity of the injuries suffered makes it essential that you hire an experienced attorney to protect your rights if you or a loved one have been hurt in a gas explosion. At DBJ, our talented gas explosion legal team will investigate your case, hire the appropriate scientific experts, and negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.
DBJ represented many of the people that were injured in the JJ’s Restaurant explosion on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. On February 19, 2013, the popular restaurant JJ’s exploded destroying the building. More than 10 people were in the building. One person was killed and many were seriously injured in the natural gas explosion.
DBJ also represented the family of a man killed as a result of a propane gas explosion in Illinois. The man was called a hero for running to the source of the propane gas leak in an attempt to close an emergency valve prior to the explosion.