Gas explosions can cause catastrophic injuries and loss of life. These deadly and unexpected explosions can occur anywhere at any time. In most instances, they are caused by a slow, silent gas leak which results in a buildup of dangerous gas. All it takes is for something to ignite the gas and an explosion will occur.
When a gas explosion occurs in a commercial property or place of business, there is potential for a massive amount of serious injuries and fatalities to occur. Gas explosions at apartment complexes, office buildings, schools or hospitals are likely to result in numerous injuries such as burns, brain injury, blindness, scarring and disfigurements, and wrongful death.
Such explosions can be the result of any number of factors, usually caused by someone’s negligence. An incomplete list of just a few of the most common gas explosion accident causes include:
- Rusty, eroded, or broken pipeline
- Broken or defective valves, connections, seals or other pipeline components
- Improper installation
- Rupturing of gas lines by drilling or digging
- Improper labeling or warnings
- Lack of appropriate odorant in gas
- Poor maintenance of gas pipelines
- Over-pressurization of gas lines
- Over-filling of gas storage tanks
Although one might think such large-scale gas explosions are relatively uncommon, data compiled by the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) tells a different story. According to the PHMSA, there have been 1,489 injuries, 377 fatalities, and more than $6 billion worth of property damage caused by gas pipeline explosions nationwide between 1993-2012.
In 2012 alone, there were 571 reported incidents throughout the US, resulting in 58 injuries and 12 deaths.
In order to win compensation after a gas explosion, a thorough investigation is necessary. Only by hiring an experienced Texas gas explosion attorney can you ensure that your best interests are represented – such as by ensuring qualified experts are employed to conduct a detailed investigation so that the at-fault party’s negligence is identified and they are held financially responsible for any losses you may have experienced.
Call us today for a free consultation on your case. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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