Can I Sue a Gas Company for an Explosion?
Yes, you can sue a gas company for an explosion if the facts support your personal injury or wrongful death claim. These cases are often multi-million-dollar cases, and our lawyers, who recently won $10 million for one client, have the experience to handle them.
A Gas Explosion Lawyer Can Help Your Family Get Full Compensation
A young man, newly married, was alone in his home when he heard and felt a blast. The intense heat was immediate, and he started running. Behind him, a column of fire about a 100-feet high generated enough heat to incinerate his home.
By the time he got to the end of the driveway, he was so burned that some of his limbs were almost gone. He collapsed near the road and was picked up by a good Samaritan who was driving by.
He was in a coma for weeks while doctors worked to save his life.
His wife, pregnant with their first child, was at his side through it all. She searched online for a lawyer and contacted our law firm. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman represented this young couple and won the family a very large settlement.
Can we help you and your family? Is a loved one suffering the incomprehensible pain associated with burn injuries? Has your loved one died? Contact our law firm and ask for Fred or Eric.
Our lawyers represent burn victims and their families throughout the United States. They fight gas companies, landlords, manufacturers and other wrongdoers to hold them accountable for the horrible pain and disfigurement they caused. Our lawyers sue these wrongdoers to:
- Help burn survivors and their families with their financial needs (medical bills, lost income, cost of care); and
- Obtain compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of quality of life and other damages.
We believe our clients should have the resources needed to get the best specialists to deal with the physical and emotional consequences of burn injuries.
We have recovered millions of dollars for burn victims and their families.
Our attorneys have a national reputation and have been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, CNN, CBS News, Fox News and others. Our law firm is on the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms in America” list.
Causes of Gas Explosions
Most gas explosions are caused by a problem with the a propane tank, pipeline or an appliance. If a gas line is involved, you may have a claim against the gas company, another company that ruptured the pipeline, and a landlord or other building owner. If an appliance is involved, the cause may be a defect in the appliance or a mistake by a company that serviced the appliance.
In a recent case, attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman won $10,000,000.00 for a man who suffered burns on over 50% of his body when propane leaked from a tank, filling a house with gas. An odorant is put in propane to make is smell like rotting cabbage, but in this case, the odorant had faded because the new propane tank had only been filled to 30% capacity, allowing the lining of the tank to render the chemical odorant odorless. Our client did not smell the propane that surrounded him as he lit a match, igniting the propane.
Propane can leak when the tank is filled incorrectly or an appliance is installed incorrectly. In the case above, the source of the leak could not be determined from the evidence, but Fred and Eric won a huge settlement for our client. To win your case, you need good lawyers. You can contact Fred and Eric using our free consultation form or at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free).
Most of these cases involve the rupture in a natural gas transmission pipeline in a residential area. Houses can suddenly explode when this happens. You can sue for a house explosion if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are currently representing a man who was severely burned when a pipeline exploded about 500 yards from the house he was renting. The heat from the blast was so intense that the siding on a house 2 miles away melted. Fred and Eric are conducting an independent investigation, uncovering evidence they will use to build a winning case.
Below is a video of a fireball caused by a gas line eruption.
These ruptures can be caused by negligent maintenance of the pipeline or by someone physically striking and rupturing the pipeline.
For example, a company did not conduct frequent water-pressure checks for cracks on a line that exploded in a neighborhood, causing several severe injuries and the wrongful death of 8 people. To make matters worse, the company took 95 minutes to shut off the gas feeding the fire that was ravaging the neighborhood. The federal investigation found that welds in the small sections of pipe known as pups did not meet 1956 standards and did not go all the way through the pipe on both sides. The company’s records indicated the pipe that ruptured was seamless, but it had a lengthwise seam containing a serious welding defect. This tragic explosion could have been prevented.
In another example, the rupture was caused by a cable company. While attempting to install a utility pole support anchor in a city sidewalk, a cable company employee struck and ruptured a pipeline, causing the leak. About 39 minutes later, there was an blast that killed 4 people and injured 11 others. The investigation found that the cable company employees, who had smelled the gas, were not adequately training for responding to leaks.
Any of the following appliances can malfunction resulting in dangerous accumulations:
- water heater
- central heater
- air conditioning unit
- space heater
- outdoor grill
- pool heater
Liability (legal responsibility) for damages (harm done) attributable to a malfunctioning appliance may fall on any of the following parties:
- The company supplying the gas
- A party who recently installed or repaired the appliance
- The seller of the appliance
- The manufacturer of the appliance
- The distributor of the appliance
If liable, you have the right to sue the company for compensation, even if there has not been a recall of the product that caused the blast. Our lawyers have significant experience with cases like these.
Find out if You Have a Lawsuit
Our gas explosion lawyers can determine if you have a lawsuit, who you can sue and how much your case is worth. Some of the questions we will work to answer include the following:
- What was the source?
- Was a gas company or other business responsible?
- What could have prevented it?
- Did a corporate manager know there was a risk and, if so, was anything done to protect others?
- What industry standards should have been followed, and were they?
- Had anything happened before the blast that should have alerted the responsible company to the risk?
We have won cases against teams of corporate lawyers. If you retain a lawyer at our law firm, we will thoroughly investigate and pursue your claim against all responsible parties. We handle cases involving a house, apartment building, place of work, restaurant and other locations.
[Note: This information is here as a public service, not to indicate in any way that a homeowner is responsible for an explosion or the resulting injuries and deaths.]
Natural and LP gas have no odor of their own, so companies add an odorant as a safety precaution. The distinctive odor intentionally smells bad to immediately signal a possible leak. If you smell gas, here are some safety tips:
- Don’t turn on a light.
- Don’t switch on anything electrical.
- Don’t light a match.
- Don’t use your phone.
- Alert others and leave immediately.
- Call your utility company from your neighbor’s house or another location.
- Tell that company where you are so you can let them in your house when they arrive.