Gas line explosions cause severe injury including lung damage and burns that can lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, emotional trauma and significant pain.
Ruptured gas lines can also lead to wrongful death
Burn injury treatment can also be quite painful and intensive, requiring lengthy rehabilitation, skin grafts and even multiple reconstructive surgeries. Explosions caused by ruptured gas lines can also lead to wrongful death.
Common Outcome of Gas Line Explosions
Loss of life usually occurs with the initial explosion while extensive property damage occurs with the fires. This was the case in San Bruno California when a natural gas line explosion ripped through a San Bruno neighborhood, sending up a geyser of fire that killed and injured many people while igniting a blaze that destroyed at least 53 homes and damaged 120 more. The ball of fire, fed by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas line, raged on before finally abating. In a similar event near Allentown Pennsylvania, a thunderous gas explosion devastated a rowhouse neighborhood, killing five people, and suspicion fell on an 83-year-old cast-iron gas main. The fiery natural-gas disaster to raises questions about the safety of the nation's aging, 2.5-million-mile network of gas and liquid pipelines. UGI Utilities Inc, has responsibility for the ruptured line. Finally, built-up pressure in natural gas lines led to a house explosion in Fairport Harbor, northeast of Cleveland along Lake Erie, and caused a series of fires and prompted a brief evacuation order for the village of about 3,000 people. Fortunately, there were no reports of serious personal injuries though there was serious loss of property.
Is this Common?
Throughout the United States the natural gas industry has provided jobs as well as affordable energy for home and business owners. The gas lines providing this resource typically work well and are safe so long as they are properly installed and maintained. From time to time, gas lines become dangerous because of poor maintenance or installation. Poor maintenance can lead to lost opportunity to replace corroded gas lines. Poor maintenance also results in faulty or inadequate repairs.
Gas explosions are preventable. If any type of hazard or oversight is determined to be the cause of a gas explosion, injury victims and family members of victims may be able to hold negligent parties responsible. The lawyers at DiCello Law Firm understand the many physical, emotional, and financial repercussions of a gas explosion. We are committed to obtaining full and just compensation for individuals who have been seriously injured or family members of those wrongfully killed in gas explosion accidents.
If you or someone you know has suffered injury or damage that was caused by a gas explosion, contactthe lawyers at The DiCello Law Firm. Our lawyers who specialize in such cases will help you. We regularly work with some of the most accomplished experts in the country to obtain compensation for the victims of gas explosions.