Natural gas and propane drive modern life and allow us to take advantage of innumerable conveniences in our homes. But under the wrong circumstances, these substances can cause catastrophic damage. Even victims who are fortunate enough to survive gas explosions are often left with permanent, serious injuries that impact their quality of life.
If you were injured in a gas explosion, you may be able to obtain financial recovery that covers damages such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and other losses both economic and non-economic. A gas explosion attorney can help determine the cause of the explosion, identify the liable party, hold that entity accountable for their negligence, and obtain financial recovery on your behalf.
Before any legal action can be taken, the cause and origin of the explosion must be determined. An explosion accident lawyer will consult with relevant experts such as cause and origin experts, mechanical engineers, regulatory specialists, and industrial gas consultants to conduct a forensic examination. This investigation will reveal whether or not an entity or person inadvertently caused the explosion by breaching a standard of care.
If the origin of the leak is inside the house, the investigation can focus on appliance manufacturers and plumbing companies that may have installed something improperly, and your lawyer will look for negligence or failure to comply with industry standards.
If the leak originated outside of the house, the investigation will focus on the gas utility company or any third parties who may have failed to uphold their duty of care. While the gas utility company is responsible for installing and maintaining their pipelines, there may be other parties, such as contractors or construction crews, whose negligence could have caused or contributed to the explosion.
Common causes of gas leaks and exacerbating factors include:
Due to the severity of the damage and the time-sensitive nature of evidence preservation in gas explosion cases, you should speak to an experienced gas explosion attorney as soon as possible. In addition to consulting with qualified experts and investigating the ignition source, your attorney will preserve key evidence and negotiate with other parties that will attempt to deny liability. Your lawyer will also make sure that you are getting the proper medical care and documenting your injuries.
At FVF, our explosion accident lawyers understand that the stakes in a gas leak case are quite high, and that more than your financial future is at risk. Gas leaks and poorly maintained pipelines are a matter of public safety — utility companies should be held accountable for negligence, and the danger should be promptly addressed. We are here to offer you support in a time of need, and we will diligently seek out all potential sources of compensation on your behalf.
Contact us today to schedule a free, remote consultation that will address the unique circumstances of your case and help you understand your rights and options moving forward.
Get a no obligation consultation.
Our lawyers will answer all your questions so you can make educated decisions.
Let us handle the details so you can focus on healing.
We'll craft a strong case so you can get a fair recovery.
A special message to the friends and potential new clients of FVF Law:
FVF’s client contract has, for a long time, contained the following termination clause: “FVF Law is a values-driven law firm, and because diversity is a value we support, “good cause” [for termination] shall include any expression by the client of intolerance with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Now more than ever, FVF recognizes the global need to combat racism proactively, and to do so with more than just words. This firm was built on the mission of being better. Better lawyers. Better advocates. Better people.
We all know being better requires an ongoing commitment to learning, growth, introspection, and change. We enthusiastically embrace that commitment and hereby pledge to do more than just talk about it. Stay tuned on our blog and facebook page for more about what FVF is doing to back this important global effort.
In the meantime, we would respectfully request new clients who find their own views incompatible with this pledge to consider contacting another firm to handle their case. In any case, we invite you to provide honest feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josh and Aaron, and all of FVF Law