Explosion accidents can cause property damage and serious burns devastating loss or damage and physical pain.
The usual cause of a residential explosion is negligence. This means the lack of maintenance or failure to realize hazards like faulty wiring, or failing to turn off propane and other gas tanks.
After an explosion accident an attorney can protect your rights and demand the maximum compensation from those responsible.
An experienced attorney can advise you of the steps you need to take and can help you:
- get medical attention
- contact the fire authorities
- contact your insurance company
- obtain the insurance information of the responsible party
- notify authorities of the accident
- inform the utility company of the explosion
As a burn injury victim you’ll need both immediate and long-term help to pick up the pieces and move toward recovery. You probably aren’t sure what to do next, this is where an attorney can help. Doing these things helps our case by preserving evidence. Explosion and fire cases usually involve serious property damage and expensive medical costs.
If you suffered a third degree burn due to an explosion, regardless whose fault it was, call 1-800-THE-LAW2. Our attorneys could get you medical attention with plastic surgeons and a strong compensation for your pain and suffering.
Types of Explosions
Natural Gas Explosion
It’s important to look out for strange smells as they could be a sign of a gas leak. These leaks can lead to natural gas explosions and are usually caused by a gas line or defective product exploding. If you smell gas, here are some safety tips:
- leave lights off
- avoid switching on anything electrical
- avoid using match
- don’t use your phone
- alert others and leave immediately
- contact your gas utility from another location
Propane Gas Explosion
Propane is stored under pressure which this lends to the risk of explosion. It’s stored in a tank as a liquid and used as a gas which becomes flammable when mixed with oxygen (air).
Potential causes of propane explosions include:
- Not measuring properly during refill
- Improper installation of a gas appliance
- Improper maintenance
- Improper inspection
- Gas that is not properly odorized to alert consumers of a leak
- Grill fires and explosions
Excessive pressure can cause boiler explosion accidents and completely destroy a building. Failure to release combustible gases from the firebox before ignition can also cause boiler explosions. A leaking fuel valve may also be the cause of explosions and in some cases, using the boiler without adequate water can cause a boiler explosion.
Who is Responsible for My Appliance Explosion?
Any of the following appliances can malfunction and result in dangerous gas accumulations:
- water heater
- central heater
- air conditioning unit
- space heater
- outdoor grill
- gas lights
- pool heater
Liability is the biggest issue when it comes to explosions cases. Determining who to sue can be tricky and the answer depends on the facts of the case. In propane tank explosions, the liable party could be one or more of the following:
- your landlord
- the company hired to install the propane tank
- the company that added propane to the tank
- the company that was supposed to fix or maintain the tank
- the manufacturer of the tank or a defective part
Similarly in natural gas explosions the liable party could be any of the following:
- your landlord
- the gas company
- the construction contractor and/or subcontractor
Even when a gas appliance is the cause of the explosions, the following parties may be liable:
- landlord for not keeping up with maintenance
- company that recently worked on the appliance
- manufacturer of the appliance
- the manufacturer can be liable even if the explosion or fire was caused by a the recalled product
Explosions in the Workplace
Negligence usually plays a big role in workplace explosions. This negligence can be on the part of managerial incompetence, poor maintenance, or defective equipment. Examples of explosions in the workplace include:
- large industrial and chemical explosions
- gas explosions at worksites and residential buildings
- explosions from liquid propane
- explosions during construction
- electrical explosions
- explosions caused from defective products such as, water heaters and electrical equipment
An explosion can happen anywhere and start with air, fuel and a fire source. Some fire sources include:
- A lit cigarette or cigar butt
- Set purposely by an individual
- Spark produced by machinery such as a torch
- Chemical or hot substance spill
What to Do After an Explosion
Determining fault after an explosion can be difficult, there are many parties to consider and finding evidence to support your claim of liability is even trickier. If, due to an accident, you have severe burns that left scars the best course of action after suffering injury, property damage or the loss of a loved one after an explosion is to speak with an experienced lawyer.
1-800-THE-LAW2 has helped serious burn injury victims find experienced legal help since 1985. We can help you too, for a free consultation call 1-800-THE-LAW2 today! Your attorney will help you:
- With your financial needs – medical bills, lost income, cost of care
- Obtain compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of quality of life and other damages caused by the explosion.
If you hire a lawyer he will investigate the explosion and pursue your claim against all responsible parties, so that you can worry about getting back on your feet.