When natural gas or propane explosions occur, it is critical that the victims of these disasters have a team of attorneys that can respond immediately and begin to investigate the origin and cause of the incident. As part of the investigation, it is crucial to ensure that important evidence is preserved.
As Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators, our attorneys have unmatched expertise in managing the investigation of fires and explosions. We literally wrote the book on fire and explosion investigation.
Natural Gas Explosions
Natural gas explosions are caused when there is a breach in a natural gas pipeline system inside or outside of a building. Natural gas can migrate underground into homes and buildings, causing explosions. Additionally, natural gas explosions can be caused by problems with gas‐run appliances (such as hot water heaters, furnaces and stoves), leaky hoses and valves, improper installation and maintenance errors.
On its own, natural gas is odorless. However, gas companies are required to add an odorant so that gas leaks can be more easily detected. If an explosion occurs and gas was not properly odorized, the gas company can be held responsible.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a natural gas explosion, or if a loved one has suffered wrongful death, action must be taken quickly. The gas utility company typically responds to these incidents almost immediately, and you need strong representation to protect your rights and preserve crucial evidence.
Propane Gas Explosions
Propane gas is distributed differently than natural gas. Natural gas pipelines run up and down the street and are owned and operated by the natural gas utility company. Propane gas is generally kept in tanks or cylinders and is part of what is known as a private gas system. Propane gas is heavier than air, so when a leak occurs, it tends to sink into deep and enclosed areas. When propane is near a flame or pilot light, it can cause an explosion.
Many propane gas explosions occur due to an out‐of‐gas situation, meaning that when a propane tank empties and the propane company refills the tank, it also is supposed to relight the pilot light on gas appliances and examine the system so homeowners avoid injury. Unfortunately, propane companies don’t always do this properly, and when homeowners attempt to light a pilot, a deadly explosion may occur.
Fabian, Sklar & King, P.C. is nationally recognized for our legal expertise in explosion cases. Our attorneys understand how to find the underlying cause of an explosion, determine liability, and seek maximum compensation for injured victims.