Massachusetts Gas Explosion Lawyers
Despite safety measures required for gas utilities, gas explosions are a real possibility, as shown by the recent series of explosions from Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover counties. Victims of gas explosions can suffer severe, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. If you or a loved has been a victim of a gas explosion, whether the recent Columbia Gas incident or another, you are probably going through a very challenging time.
While financial compensation cannot take away the pain, trauma, and possibly life-altering consequences of such a devastating incident, the compensation can ensure you have access to the finest medical care and cover the financial and emotional losses you have suffered.
Gas explosions occur when too much gas enters a space and a spark ignites it. Gas explosions can happen in several ways:
- Excessive gas delivered to a location (which is what happened with the recent Columbia Gas explosions)
- Incorrectly installed gas appliances (heaters, boilers, stoves, etc.)
- Faulty gas valves
- Faulty, rusted, or damaged gas lines
- Improperly maintained appliances
- Faulty propane tanks
A gas explosion can lead to very serious consequences, physically, emotionally, and financially. It is imperative that the cause of the explosion is identified, and the liable parties held accountable. To seek justice, it is advised that you enlist the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney as early as possible after the accident.
Determining who is at fault in a gas explosion can be a complicated process due to the number of factors involved, and multiple parties may be named in a claim or lawsuit. In many cases, a gas utility company has failed to maintain existing gas pipelines. Other parties may have contributed to the explosion, including manufacturers of appliances such as stoves, grills, heating units, or others.
In some cases, like the Columbia Gas explosions, the affected parties are seeking compensation from the gas company. But whether your case is clear-cut or more complicated, it is necessary to provide evidence that the liable party acted in a negligent manner. Our team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has the knowledge, resources, and expertise to analyze your case and determine liability and the maximum compensation that could be pursued through the legal system.
If you or a loved one are victims of a gas explosion from negligence, carelessness, or faulty manufacturing, it is likely that you are entitled to pursue compensation. The compensation may be a settlement offered by an insurance company or recovered in a civil lawsuit brought against the responsible party (or parties). The types of damages pursued includes, but is not limited to:
- Immediate and future medical costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of living (if you are forced out of your home for safety reasons)
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity (in the case of moderate to severe personal injury)
- Wrongful death compensation (funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, emotional trauma, and more)
Determining the value of such a claim requires the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney. Corporate entities such as gas utilities or manufacturers hire teams of defense lawyers to manage these cases, with the goal of reducing the amount paid to victims of gas explosions – which our attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. do not tolerate.
Gas explosions are arguably among the most dangerous of all types of accidents and often lead to loss of life. The types of injuries experienced in gas explosions include:
- Severe or life-threatening burns
- Blast injuries (the result of pressure waves)
- Blast-related injuries
- Loss of limb (amputation)
- Permanent disability
- Traumatic brain injury
- Lung damage
- Gastrointestinal system damage
- Ear damage (hearing loss)
- Severe lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
A gas explosion commonly leads to blast injuries – the effect on the human body when it is thrown by the pressure waves of the explosion. The force of the blast sends debris flying, often the cause of very serious physical damage. The explosion may lead to a building collapse, with innocent people paying the ultimate price. The wave impact on the body often leads to permanent damage to the body’s systems and long-term or a lifetime of disability.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we believe that it is vital that justice is achieved for the injured in gas explosion injury cases. As an award-winning law firm, we are known for our dedication to our clients, and our strong record of success at trial.
With countless awards, accolades, and recognition for our successful representation of the injured in personal injury claims and lawsuits, you can be confident that if we take on your case, we will serve you with compassion, care, and the legal skills you need on your side. If you or a loved has been injured in a gas explosion, call us today at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation.