Natural gas explosions in homes or apartments are devastating events that often result in injury or even death. You may have lost your home, your belongings, or even a loved one. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a natural gas explosion, the experienced attorneys at Friedman, Domiano & Smith can help you understand your rights and recover damages against the persons responsible for the explosion.
What causes natural gas explosions?
Natural gas explosions can occur when gas builds up in a home or apartment or outside the walls of your home because of a leak in a gas line, or a leak from a gas appliance like a furnace or dryer, or even a leak from a gas valve being inadvertently left open by a maintenance worker or someone else. The relationship between the source of an explosion and the cause of an explosion is often not a simple one. That is why Friedman, Domiano & Smith have assembled a nationally recognized team of experts to determine the real cause of any natural gas fire or explosion.
Natural gas is flammable and it takes only a spark to create an explosion. If there is a natural gas leak in the house or apartment, even flipping a light switch or turning on an appliance can cause an explosion.
National gas explosions can also occur due to simple breakdown of the system that transports natural gas to your home or improper installation of any of the components that carry natural gas into your home.
Who is responsible when an explosion happens?
Every natural gas explosion is different and determining the cause of an explosion requires expert analysis of the site. Gas lines can be installed incorrectly by utilities companies or the contractors they hire– even defective or damaged gas lines located outside a home or apartment can cause a buildup of gas inside the building. A gas appliance can be defective or installed defectively such that a gas leak occurs. Contractors or maintenance men performing work in your home or apartment can damage gas lines, causing a leak, or even accidentally open a gas line valve.
Determining the cause of an explosion can be difficult because many times a natural gas explosion will completely destroy the home or apartment building. Investigation into the source of your loss at an early stage of the claim is critical to obtaining the recovery you deserve. Friedman, Domiano & Smith works with some of the leading experts in the industry in order to determine exactly how a natural gas explosion occurred and to determine who is responsible.
How to get help after a natural gas explosion
What legal rights do injured people have?
Natural gas explosions can cause great distress to individuals and families. People can experience devastating personal injuries, such as:
- Loss of life
- Loss of or impaired function of limbs
- Crush injuries from falling debris
- Skin burns and lacerations
- Loss of eyesight
- Bone breaks or fractures
- Hearing loss from explosion noise
Because natural gas explosion cases are complex and losses substantial, it is vital to speak with an attorney experienced with natural gas explosions right away. IMMEDIATE retention of counsel is essential. The gas company and other potential defendants will have their representatives on site within hours of an explosion.
Without your attorney present, crucial evidence may be taken or destroyed without anyone to protect your rights. Friedman, Domiano & Smith will act quickly to protect your rights and secure the evidence necessary to determine how a natural gas explosion occurred and identify the persons responsible.
About FDS Law
Friedman, Domiano & Smith has worked for injured people in Northeast Ohio for more than 40 years. During that time, Jeff Friedman and his team of qualified and passionate attorneys and legal professionals have successfully represented many victims of natural gas explosions and their families in order to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. Jeff and his firm bring that expertise and experience to every case and invite anyone involved in a natural gas explosion to contact them for a free consultation.