When a house explosion kills someone or critically injures them (burns, fractures, internal bleeding, traumatic brain injury), the family needs to hire an attorney because these are extremely complex, expensive cases. Because these cases can be in millions, it is extremely important to find an attorney with explosion lawsuit experience. After interviewing you and gathering evidence, your attorney should have an idea what your case may be worth.
Preliminary Findings Can be Wrong
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman have uncovered new evidence during independent investigations conducted by our law firm Explosion Law Team.
In one of our cases, our client did not know that the house heating tank was leaking propane gas because the odorant that should have allowed him to smell the propane had been absorbed by the tank lining. As he lit a match, the house exploded. His skin melted off of parts of his body. He suffered severe disfigurement and continues to experience pain. Fred and Eric found evidence that negligence caused the odorant to fade and they won $10 million for their client and his wife.
Gas Company Responsibility
When the source of the explosion was a propane tank or a propane (LP gas) leak, the company that was responsible for filling and maintaining the tank may be legally responsible. Before a lawsuit can be filed, your lawyer will need to gather a significant amount of evidence. A few of the many questions that need answers include the following:
- Was an odorant added to the propane gas to give it a smell in the event of a leak?
- If so, was the correct amount of odorant added?
- What kind of tank was it and how old was it?
- Who installed the tank?
- What company filled the tank prior to the explosion?
- Was the tank filled correctly and was the tank inspected for possible problems?
- How much training did the technician who filled the tank have?
In cases where a rental unit (house, apartment, duplex, townhome) explodes, those injured may have claims against the landlord for compensation, and a families who lost loved ones may have wrongful death claims. This means anyone injured and the family of anyone killed can sue the gas company and landlord for the house explosion.
Law Firm Helps Explosion Burn Victims and Their Families
Because of the severe nature of these cases, Fred and Eric travel to meet with burn victims and families in homes and hospitals. They hire some of the best experts in the nation to help conduct an independent investigation, gathering facts that will help them build a winning case. They then vigorously pursue compensation and justice for their clients. All the while, Fred and Eric communicate with their clients – answering questions and guiding clients through the complex process.
One person was killed and several others were injured, 2 critically, in a house explosion yesterday. Two of those injured were children, a 1 ½-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. One neighbor told reporters that it sounded like a plane crash.
Our thoughts are with the burn victims and their families.
The explosion happened at about 8 in the morning. The preliminary investigation found no indication that a gas leak was involved, but this is preliminary.