Gas Explosions and Burn Injuries
Gas explosions are an extremely dangerous and often preventable type of accident. When gas explosions lead to injury or death, a gas explosion attorney can help victims get the compensation they deserve.
Burn injuries are some of the most common types of injuries in gas explosions. At Ramey Law Firm, attorney Hardin R. Ramey helps those suffering from gas explosions and burn injuries in and around Dallas, TX, recover compensation for their injuries and hold responsible parties liable.
If you have suffered a burn injury from a gas explosion, we welcome you to contact the Ramey Law Firm to learn more about the legal remedies available to you.
Causes of Gas Explosions
Gas explosions can happen in the home, a place of business, or anywhere there is a gas line. Gas explosions can occur if a gas pipe is leaking. As gas enters the air in a house or other confined space, the pressure in that space will build. If a stove is lit or a flame or spark is introduced, it can ignite the gas and cause an explosion. It doesn't take much for the gas to ignite. Even a spark from static electricity can cause a reaction.
Most gas explosions in Dallas are accidental and may be caused by:
- Incorrectly installed appliances, such as a stove or gas dryer
- Improperly maintained appliances
- Incorrectly using gas appliances or a gas furnace
- Faulty or damaged gas line running from the street to a house or place of business
- Faulty valves on a propane tank
Types of Burns and Gas Explosions
Although gas explosions can cause minor burns, many victims suffer from more severe burns that can result in permanent disability and disfigurement.
Burns are classified as first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree when determining and discussing their severity. Identifying the type of burn is essential in seeking compensation for burn injuries from a gas explosion.
Burns are classified in the following ways:
- First-degree burns: First-degree burns are the most minor type of burn. Damage from a first-degree burn only occurs on the top layer of the skin, leaving the skin red or swollen. First-degree burns generally heal within about a week without any long-term damage.
- Second-degree burns: Second-degree burns are more severe than first-degree burns, resulting in damage to deeper layers of the skin. Second-degree burns can blister significantly and swell. They often take several weeks to heal. In many cases, medical attention is necessary and the burn victim will need time away from work to recover.
- Third-degree burns: Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burn injury. Third-degree burns are so serious because they damage not only each layer of the skin but also the muscles, nerves, tendons, and other tissues beneath the skin. Victims of third-degree burns often need extensive medical care and rehabilitation. The damage from third-degree burns is generally permanent. In some cases, third-degree burns can result in amputation.
Seeking Damages for Your Injuries
If you have been injured in a gas explosion, it's important to determine who's at fault. If a defective appliance, neglected gas line, or some other problem related to negligence is to blame, you may be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. If you would like to have Dallas burn injury attorney Hardin Ramey review the details of your case, please call (972) 437-5577 to schedule a consultation.