About half of the homes in the United States use natural gas for space heating and water heating. Unfortunately, natural gas, also known as methane gas, can easily leak, causing extremely dangerous, even fatal, explosions. These explosions can happen in homes, workplaces, factories, campgrounds, and any place with gas lines, gas appliances, or gas tanks.
According to annual fire experience survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, natural gas causes an average of 4200 home fires per year, and local fire departments respond to an average of 340 natural gas leaks per day with no ignition. The report states that, “Although gas leaks are much more common than gas ignitions, they can be precursors to devastating events.”
The suppliers of natural gas and propane have a clear legal responsibility to ensure their extremely dangerous gas is safely delivered to their customers. Gas explosions should never happen, and SMB has successfully held gas companies accountable when their neglect causes extreme burn injuries and devasting loss of life.
For decades, SMB has championed the rights of victims injured by the negligence and recklessness of others, successfully holding accountable corporations, governments, utility companies, manufacturers, contractors, apartment management companies, and any other responsible parties.
SMB represents people harmed in many types of gas explosions, including those caused by:
- Gas line leaks
- Defective tanks, piping and/or valves
- Inadequate maintenance of pipes or appliances
- Improper installation of pipes or appliances
- Over-filled, expired, and/or dangerous propane tanks
The nature of gas explosions creates legal matters that are highly complex, and much of the evidence can be destroyed in an explosion. SMB conducts thorough investigations, and works closely with experts of various disciplines, including fire origin, chemical engineering, industrial accidents, and others, to investigate and prove the causes of these horrific incidents.
SMB has secured many verdicts and settlements for our clients around the country injured by gas explosions, including:
- $160,000,000U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania will pay a record $160 million in a settlement after a Feltonville food truck exploded nearly four years ago, killing a ...Read Story
- $13,900,000An industrial software technician who suffered serious burns in a plasma explosion when a high-voltage circuit breaker at an asphalt plant shorted ...Read Story
- $11,700,000On Jan. 25, 2005, plaintiff's decedents Vasquez, Morillo, and Perez and plaintiffs Gomez-Pena; Colon, Jiminez-Lazala; Morillo; Olivares; ...Read Story
- $5,900,000Settlements worth nearly $5.9 million were reached last week in suits stemming from a natural gas explosion in that leveled two homes and injured ...Read Story
- $3,850,000On Feb. 2, 2005, plaintiffs Joseph Fuller, 27, and William Schmidt, 50, two maintenance men for the Lambert Spawn mushroom farm in Coatesville, were ...Read Story
SMB will investigate all parties that may be responsible for a gas explosion: the property owner, the business operator, the manufacturers, distributors, retailers, maintenance, and repair service providers. SMB works tirelessly to help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled–including payments for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, past, and future medical expenses, lost income, and future earnings.
If you have been injured in a gas explosion, or a family member has been injured or killed in a gas explosion, SMB can help. SMB is committed to obtaining all the results you need and deserve.