Explosions from Gas Leaks
A gas leak can quickly create a seriously dangerous situation if not addressed. A gas leak can lead to an explosion that can leave many people seriously injured or killed. Take, for example, a natural gas leak that recently caused an explosion that collapsed the roof of a renovated home and killed an 11-year-old girl and injured four others, according to Chron.com.
If you or a loved one has been injured from an explosion caused by a gas leak, you may be entitled to pursue a legal claim against the gas company and/or the property owner.
Gas companies have a duty to respond to reports about actual or perceived gas leaks promptly and professionally. They are expected to make decisions on how to proceed with great care and recognition that lives can be lost if they make the wrong choices.
The Duty to Take Care
Gas pipelines are installed and maintained by gas companies. They are expected to conduct routine checks on the lines and ensure that they are in good working condition. If any issue is discovered, they are expected to fix it quickly and thoroughly. Should they fail in this regard, they can be held liable.
If you noticed a gas leak and brought it to the attention of the gas company, they have a duty to respond to the situation quickly and manage it carefully. If they fail to respond quickly when called or if they fail to handle the situation as carefully as they should, they will be liable for any injury that occurrs.
Establishing Your Injury Claim
In order to prove that the gas company was responsible for the explosion and resulting injuries, you would need to establish some factors. These include:
- The gas company’s duty of care: Every gas company must routinely check on gas pipelines. They must respond quickly and professionally to reports of any actual or perceived leaks. A duty is thus imposed on them to ensure that the gas pipelines are always in good working order.
- Breach of the duty: In order to establish this, you can show that the company knew or should have known about a gas leak and still failed to respond to it or that they failed to fix the issue thoroughly. Where they fail to perform the duty placed on them by law, they have breached that duty.
- Injury caused by breach of the duty: This means that you must show a connection between your injury and the breach of the gas company’s duty. If an explosion occurs from the gas leak due to failure of the gas company to quickly respond to the reported leak or fix it thoroughly, there would be a clear connection.
Once you have established your claim, you would be entitled to claim compensation for medical bills, scarring or disfigurement caused by the injury, partial or total disability, and even in some cases, punitive damages.
Speak to a Houston Injury Attorney Today
Get in touch with the Houston personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today if you were the victim in a gas leak explosion or other incidents. We offer free, confidential case reviews.