A Lawyer Can Help Victims Recover Compensation following a Gas Explosion
Gas explosions are among the most devastating types of accidents. Not only do they often result in catastrophic injuries and loss of life, but they are almost always preventable. Most of the time, gas explosions are caused by human error. If you or your family have been injured in a gas explosion, reach out to the Ramey Law Firm in Dallas, TX. Attorney Hardin R. Ramey understands the devastating impact a gas explosion can have from both a physical and emotional standpoint. Contact us online or call (972) 437-5577 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you recover compensation and hold the responsible party accountable.
Gas explosions can cause burns and other types of serious injuries with lasting effects.
Types of Gas Explosions
Most Dallas-area homes rely on gas on a daily basis for cooking, keeping the house warm, and heating water. Unfortunately, while safety has improved over the years, gas explosions still occur far too often. Because gases are combustible, the risk of an explosion is ever-present. Here are a few common types of gas explosions:
- Defective Appliance – Whether it is a heating unit, space heater, or air conditioner, appliance malfunctions can be the result of poor design, manufacturing, installation, or repair.
- Pipe Damage – Although construction companies are required to locate pipelines prior to excavation, sometimes they damage them due to carelessness.
- Underground Pipe Leaks – Aging pipes that have not been replaced or properly maintained may leak.
- Failure to Respond – Customer complaints about gas odor may be ignored by the utility company.
There are numerous parties who may be liable in a gas injury explosion including the utility company, landlord, and product manufacturer.
Types of Injuries Resulting from Explosions
Sadly, gas explosions can and often do result in injuries that affect the victims in tremendous ways, both physically and psychologically. Common types of injuries resulting from gas explosions include:
- Burns – Gas explosions can result in burns that range in severity from swelling and blistering to shock and even death.
- Flying Debris – Flying debris injuries take place when debris that is released strikes the body or penetrates the skin.
- Impact Injuries – The blast wind may be strong enough to fracture bones and cause brain injuries including concussions.
- Blast Wave Injuries – When a high-pressure wave of an explosion comes into contact with the skin, it can result in a concussion, abdominal perforation, eye or lung injury.
- Other Physical Injuries – Depending on the circumstances, other physical injuries may include harmful effects from inhaling toxic fumes, contusions, hemorrhage, and fractures.
In addition to physical ailments, gas explosions can result in serious and lasting psychological conditions including pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical disfigurement that prevents you from enjoying day-to-day activities you once performed with ease.
How Liability Is Determined
There are numerous parties who may be liable in a gas injury explosion including the utility company, landlord, and product manufacturer. However, no matter who is responsible, liability will generally fall into one of two categories.
- Negligence – This could be the case if, for example, a person incorrectly installs or fails to maintain a product that leads to a gas explosion.
- Defective Product – In other cases, a product has a design flaw or is manufactured incorrectly and the defect results in a gas explosion.
Whether on account of negligence or product defect, the injury victim may be able to recover damages from the liable party that cover expenses related to the explosion.
Contact a Dallas Gas Explosion Injury Lawyer
Determining who is at fault for a gas explosion typically requires a thorough investigation. For over 30 years, Ramey Law Firm has been helping injury victims in Dallas hold responsible parties accountable. If you were injured in a preventable accident, contact us online or call (972) 437-5577 today.