Gas Explosion Wrongful Death Lawyers
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Today’s news is full of tragic stories about gas explosions, and when these horrendous events occur, they typically result in devastating injuries or even death.
Gas explosions happen not only at large chemical refineries and industrial plants but also in everyday neighborhoods across America. Explosions can involve grills, camping trailers, homes, live-in horse trailers, mobile homes, and many other seemingly safe sources. Virtually nothing is safe from these catastrophic accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in a gas explosion, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death lawyer.
Each year, home heating equipment causes tens of thousands of home structure fires, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. When gas explosions occur, a person can be severely injured or killed by the blast and debris, or just by inhaling fumes or smoke.
Often, gas explosions can be 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 causes of gas explosions are natural gas leaks through leaking hoses, defective control valves or gas connectors, or leaking propane tanks. Gas explosions can also result when:
- Cooking food is unattended, especially on grills
- Tanks and other combustible materials are not checked for leaks
- Gas tanks are not turned off after use
- Liquefied petroleum gas tanks are kept in proximity to matches, lighters, lit candles or campfires
- Workers negligently reconnect gas supplies
Natural Gas Accidents
In recent years, natural gas incidents have received a lot of attention nationwide. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 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, causing 51 injuries and 14 fatalities.
Gas line explosions commonly involve any of the following factors:
- Gas leaks
- Excavation near pipelines
- Improperly installed gas hookups
- Tanker truck accidents
- Gas drilling accidents
- Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” accidents
- Trainer refinery explosions
- Gas buildup in mines
Construction and Work Sites
Construction sites are another area where gas explosions occur, usually because of the proximity to combustible materials and chemicals. Gas explosions also happen 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 an employer fails to keep a work site safe, not only can an explosion victim be eligible for workers’ compensation–which can cover medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, and pain and suffering–but if the company or supervisor’s actions or lack thereof is found to be grossly negligent, a victim or their surviving family members may be entitled to punitive damages as well.
Gas Explosion Injuries
When gas explosions occur, the injuries incurred are often catastrophic. 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
If your loved one has died as a result of a gas explosion, you should secure a personal injury attorney to investigate the details surrounding the accident.
Our Gas Explosion Lawyers Can Help Your Family
At Zinda Law Group, our gas explosion attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to fully investigate the incident and gather evidence to help you build the strongest case possible.
We can help put you in the best possible position to recover maximum compensation from an insurance settlement or a wrongful death lawsuit, which can help pay for such damages as medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income and benefits, mental anguish, and much more.
To get help now, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.