Every day, 64 million households rely on natural gas for heat. We use gas to take showers, cook our food and dry our clothes. Yet few people realize the dangers of this everyday substance.
An undetected gas leak can cause a devastating explosion when you least expect it, causing serous property damage, injuries and even death. Those who are lucky enough to survive a home explosion can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, third-degree burns, PTSD, limb loss or blindness.
Home explosions can tear apart families and entire neighborhoods - and the negligent gas and construction companies, landlords and product manufacturers responsible for the blasts need to be held accountable.
That’s why the oil and gas personal injury lawyers at Williams Attorneys PLLC have spent the last 30 years taking on the big guys on behalf of innocent victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has experienced a home explosion due to natural gas or propane, you have legal options, and you may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses and pain and suffering. Our serious injury attorneys can help you choose the right course of action to collect the maximum recovery.
From our main office in Corpus Christi, we’ve helped victims across Texas, including clients in Austin, Galveston, San Antonio, Houston, Beaumont and other cities in Bexar, Harris, Jefferson, Nueces, and Travis counties. We also assist clients in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and other parts of North Dakota.
To learn if you have a possible home explosion legal claim for damages, contact our office today for a free, confidential case evaluation.
What causes home propane and natural gas explosions?
An explosion can happen when gas leaks in an enclosed environment. As the gas escapes and mixes with air, pressure builds. Once the pressure reaches a high enough level, a single spark or flame—including static electricity—can trigger a devastating explosion and subsequent fire.
Natural gas, methane, propane and butane are most likely to cause house explosions, as they are most often used for heat. These gasses can leak into your home and explode for a number of reasons:
- Leaking hoses or tanks
- Leaks in appliances that use gas, such as furnaces, grills or dryers
- Defective control valves, connectors, pipes, regulators or meters
- Tanks placed near flammable material
- Improperly installed gas or propane lines
- Equipment left on or incorrectly reconnected by maintenance workers
- Aging gas lines and pipes
- Hitting a gas line while digging
Most explosions are complex and can’t be pinned down to a single cause. Often, it is a series of small issues or defects that lead to a massive—and sometimes deadly—problem. Several parties may share responsibility for the explosion.
Home explosions can cause serious injuries
Each year, many people die in home gas explosions. Many more suffer lifelong physical and mental health consequences. Explosions can cause a wide range of injuries, which are divided into four categories:
- Primary blast: Injuries caused by the force of the initial blast wave
- Secondary blast: Injuries caused by flying debris
- Tertiary blast: Injuries caused by the body being thrown by the blast wind
- Quaternary blast: Any other injuries relating to the explosion
These four types of injuries can cause:
- Blast lung, the most common fatal injury from an explosion
- Eye ruptures and blindness
- Inner ear ruptures
- Internal organ ruptures and bleeding, especially gas-filled organs such as the gall bladder
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Blunt force trauma
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic amputation
- Burns, ranging from first-degree to third-degree
- Asthma or COPD (as a result of inhaling fumes and smoke)
- PTSD, anxiety and other mental health issues
- Physical disability
These injuries are often extremely painful and it can take years, if ever, to recover from them. They are also very expensive: it can cost millions of dollars in medical expenses to treat them.
Damage from explosions is not limited to health effects, either. Gas leaks cause $133 million in property damage each year. Even if no one was physically harmed in your explosion, you may be entitled to compensation for damage to your home, vehicle, furniture or other belongings.
If you have experienced these or any other injuries from an explosion, we can help. Call Williams Attorneys PLLC to talk about how we can help you get compensation for your pain and suffering.
Explosions cause blast radius injuries, too
You don’t have to have a gas leak in your own home to suffer the consequences of an explosion. Gas explosions can destroy adjacent houses and affect entire neighborhoods. A nearby explosion can cause:
- PTSD or other mental health effects
- Tinnitus and hearing loss
- Other unexplained symptoms
- Property damage
An explosion at a house in your neighborhood may also be a sign of damaged or leaking gas lines, which can put your own home and life at risk as well.
If you have suffered an injury from a nearby explosion, you have options. If you think you may have a case, contact us today for a free consultation.
Who can I sue for a home explosion?
Home explosions are often caused by a chain of mistakes or defects made by different entities and people. Gas and construction companies, maintenance workers or even your landlord may be responsible for an explosion. In many cases, it is possible to sue and recover damages from several negligent parties, even if you are partially at fault.
You may be able to sue:
- Gas or propane company, including private companies and public utilities
- Construction company
- Contractor or subcontractor
- Landlord or building management
- Product manufacturer
- Maintenance company
- City, county or state
If you believe one or more of these parties was responsible for your explosion, contact our office today. Our attorneys and experts will carefully investigate your situation, determine if you have a case, and file claims against every potentially responsible party – working tirelessly to maximize your potential recovery.
How much can I recover in a lawsuit?
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a home gas explosion, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. A court may order responsible parties to compensate you for:
- Medical expenses
- Chronic pain or disability
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Lost income
- Loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death
In recent years, gas companies have paid out millions of dollars in damages for gas leaks and explosions. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to similar compensation.
The amount you can recover depends largely on the skills and experience of your attorney. At Williams Attorneys PLLC, we focus only on serious injury lawsuits, and we have secured record-setting settlements as high as $7 million for our clients.
Contact us today to find out how we may be able to help you.
How our lawyers will help you
In the aftermath of an explosion, don’t try to go it alone. If you’re dealing with injuries or the loss of a loved one, you are not in the headspace to take on the negligent parties on your own—but it is important that you take legal action as soon as possible to preserve your rights and potential compensation.
An experienced Williams Attorneys PLLC lawyer will help you handle the day-to-day details of a lawsuit, giving you more time to focus on your recovery. Our team can:
- Work with insurance companies. Your attorney can speak to your insurance company on your behalf and ensure that your claim is accepted.
- Connect you with doctors. Our personal injury lawyers have connections with reputable doctors who can treat your injuries and provide an expert opinion in legal proceedings.
- Investigate the cause of the explosion. With longtime experience in the oil and gas area of law, our attorneys and investigators will carefully investigate your claim and determine your best course of action.
- Identify who you can sue. There are often multiple parties responsible for a gas accident. Your attorney will identify all of them and determine the best strategy to get maximum compensation from all of them.
- Find witnesses and evidence. Our lawyers will track down witnesses to the explosion and industry experts who can testify on your behalf. We will also find evidence to prove who is at fault for the explosion.
- Ensure you meet all legal requirements. Filing a lawsuit is complicated, and there are statutes of limitations and legal procedures that must be observed. Our experienced attorneys will make sure that you meet all requirements—and that you don’t lose out on compensation because of any oversights.
- Secure maximum compensation. Your lawyer will craft a strong argument that will increase your chances of obtaining a large settlement or verdict.
Williams Attorneys help victims of negligent natural gas and propane companies get financial compensation for their medical bills, lost present and future income, pain and suffering and potentially more. We pay all legal expenses and you do not pay us unless and until we win your case. Talk to an experienced gas lawyer to learn your options. No cost consultation.