$10 Million Propane Case Settlement

How our lawyers helped one man get compensation and justice.

Our propane explosion lawyers recently won $10 million for a man who was severely burned in an explosion. We also won money for his wife, to whom he had been married for less than a year. Our attorneys found out that a propane gas company that had serviced the tank that caused the explosion had made careless mistakes.

The extent of our client’s injuries were extreme. He suffered third-degree burns on over 50% of his body, including his entire trunk, hands and arms. He had second-degree burns on his face, neck, and legs. He underwent 8 surgeries. Through it all, his wife was there, giving him support and living through the nightmare. In addition to the burns, our client also sustained significant blast trauma, which resulted in fractures in his arms, a traumatic brain injury from the concussive blast, and other explosion injuries.

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When is there a propane explosion personal injury or wrongful death case?

A propane explosion lawyer can help you find out if you have a case.

Propane (LP gas) is highly combustible and odorless. Chemical odorant is added to propane so that people can smell it if there is a leak. Lawsuits involve a tank or gas leak explosion.

To have a case, a person and/or company needs to be legally responsible. Our propane explosion lawyers find the responsible parties and aggressively pursue them.

In addition to being burned, our clients have suffered the loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, smoke inhalation injuries, and organ damage. The companies responsible for this kind of life-altering harm need to be held accountable.

5 Things Your Lawyer Should Know about a Propane Explosion Lawsuit

  1. Propane, also referred to as liquid propane gas (LPG), is transferred and stored as a compressed liquid, and it can leak out as an extremely flammable gas;
  2. Explosion lawsuits can involve the tank and its valves or a leak of the LP gas, which can be ignited with a simple spark;
  3. Every investigation should determine if there was odor fade (discussed below);
  4. It may take an independent investigation by a lawyer to determine why there was odor fade and find enough evidence to sue the responsible company;
  5. If someone is severely burned or otherwise seriously injured, the case may be worth millions.

Why You Should Contact Our Law Firm after a Propane Explosion

A lawyer can help you and your family after an explosion injury.

Our explosion lawyers help families whose loved ones are injured in propane explosions. It starts the moment we are hired.

We talk with the family and find out what the needs are. Did they lose their home? Is there less income? Are the medical bills getting paid? These are immediate needs that need immediate attention. We have helped families by talking with banks, insurance companies and employers, helping these businesses understand the struggles the family is facing and that a future settlement is probable. By doing this, we have helped our clients get housing, loans, medical care, and medical equipment.

We keep in contact with our clients to make sure we know about a need when it arises. And our clients know they can contact our law firm at any time and talk with their lawyer.

While we attend to our clients needs, we work to build a winning case. Our primary job is to get our clients full compensation.

Getting compensation after your propane explosion accident

Your case may be worth more money than you realize.

It takes experience for a lawyer to determine how much a propane explosion case is worth. This is because many of them are worth millions of dollars. We just settled a case for over $40 million.

When our propane explosion lawyers are hired we look a a number of factors to determine how much money to ask for in settlement negotiations. One of the most important factors is how much insurance money is available from policies owned by all companies that are legally responsible. We first determine what companies can be sued, and then we take legal steps to find out what insurance money is available under the policies. For example, if there is a lawsuit against a propane company, we look at that company’s insurance policies to see what the maximum payout can be.

We work to get enough money to make sure the family will be financially secure. This means getting money to pay hospital bills, physical and occupational therapy bills, and any other costs related to the care of the patient. It also means getting compensation for “pain and suffering”, which can include amounts for physical pain, emotional suffering, disfigurement, and disability.

Knowing what dollar amount to pursue for pain and suffering takes experience with propane explosion cases. Pain and suffering compensation alone can be in the millions of dollars.

Can We Sue the Company That Filled the Propane Tank before the Explosion?

 

Workplace Explosions

In you were injured or burned at work, workers comp will not get you full compensation for your injuries.

If your loved one was injured at work, workers’ comp will most likely not provide full compensation. This is because those plans do not award any money for pain and suffering.

You will need to sue a company to get pain and suffering compensation, and that company can not be the injured worker’s employer. It needs to be a “third party” company that is legally responsible. You need a lawyer to figure out if there is a third party company to sue. Never assume you don’t have a case. Contact our propane explosion lawyers to find out if you have a case.

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Examples of propane tank explosions on the job include the following:

  • Propane heat exchanger ruptured;
  • Propane blow torch leaked and the vapors ignited;
  • Propane tank exploded and flew into the air, causing burn and crush injuries;
  • Propane tank exploded while forklift operators were changing it;
  • Spark from a forklift ignited leaked propane gas;
  • Tanker truck exploded;
  • LP gas cylinders stored improperly.

Explosions at Home

You may be able to hold propane company and/or landlord responsible for an explosion in your home.

Many of these cases happen in a house, apartment or other residential building. In many of these cases, a propane company is responsible. If it was a rental property, there may be a case against a landlord. If an appliance was involved, there may be a case against a manufacturer, installer, or service company.

Can I Sue for a House Explosion?

Legal rights of a family in an explosion lawsuit

Families have rights when their loved one is injured or killed in an explosion.

If your loved was injured or killed in an explosion, you may have the right to sue the company responsible for the blast that forever changed your life. You can contact our law firm to find out if you have a case.

Husband or Wife

If you are the spouse of the victim, you may have legal claims to a lawsuit based on “loss of consortium” and “loss of companionship”. Loss of consortium means the loss of or detrimental change of the marital relationship.

Son, Daughter, Mother or Father

If you are the child or parent of the explosion victim, you may also have a claim for loss of companionship, particularly in the case of a minor child whose parent is severely, permanently injured or killed.

Wrongful Death

When someone dies in an explosion and it is the fault of a business, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit, which can force the propane company or other business to:

  • Hand over relevant documents and other evidence to us so that we can find the truth; and
  • Get money for your family as compensation for your tragic loss and to hold the business responsible accountable.

Wrongful Death Caused by an Explosion

Propane Explosion Causes

How much money your case is worth depends on what caused your injuries and what company or companies are legally responsible.

Propane is generally stored in a tank as a liquid and used as a gas. Because it is stored under pressure, there is a risk of a tank explosion. In addition, gas that leaks out of the tank can ignite.

Possible causes include the following:

  • Failure to take the appropriate measures during refill, including failure to relight appliances for homeowners;
  • Improper installation of a gas stove, dryer, or other gas appliance;
  • Improper maintenance of a tank; for example, not replacing an old regulator or failing to maintain any part of the system;
  • Improper inspection of the tank by the gas supplier;
  • Tank leaks; and
  • Grill fires and explosions.

If You Could Not Smell Propane Gas before the Explosion

You may be able to sue a company for odor fade.

Because propane is an odorless gas, a chemical odorant is added to it to make sure people can smell it if there is a leak. If something happens to lessen or eliminate that smell, it is called “odor fade”.

If you could not smell gas before a propane leak explosion, there may have been odor fade. If we can prove it, you may be able to get a payout from the company responsible for the odor fade.

We won millions from a company for a client critically injured in a blast that happened when a spark ignited an invisible, odorless cloud of propane gas. We proved that the company that filled the tank prior to the blast was at fault.

Our lawyers found out that the tank, which was new, had only been filled 30%. This was a problem because the lining of the tank can react with the chemical odorant and remove the odor from the propane gas. For this reason, a new tank should be filled 100%, which prevents the deodorization.

In this case, the propane gas leaking out of the tank and filled the air. No one smelled it.

For more information about odor fade, read “Why Didn’t We Smell Propane Gas before the Explosion?

Results

$45

Million

We obtained this settlement for a person with severe injuries.

$45

Million

Our clients were injured by an over-the-counter medication.

$10

Million

Our client was burned and suffered a TBI in a gas explosion.

$7.5

Million

We won this verdict for a child with kidney damage from E. coli.

 

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