The possibility of explosions is always present with a natural gas or oil pipeline, and with gas becoming more and more popular, we are seeing it used in more apartments, homes and businesses. Workers at restaurants who use gas, as well as tenants of apartment buildings should be sure the gas line is properly installed, inspected and maintained—which is the responsibility of the landlord, owner or business and sometimes both.
According to senior partner Neal Goldstein,
“If gas explosion occurs, people may suffer catastrophic injuries such as burns, lung injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, as well as death. The injuries can be devastating with long lasting effects. We see people’s lives changed in an instance. ”
Sadly last week such an event occurred in the East Village of Manhattan. Two men have died and many others were seriously injured. It is too early to say what caused that particular explosion, but if negligence is found on part of the contractor, landlord, gas line company or business owner (there was a sushi restaurant in the building as well) it is possible for victims to recover substantial financial compensation for their injuries. If you were injured in a gas explosion, you will want to find out who might be negligent.
Some Causes of Gas Explosions:
- Improper Installation
- Inadequate maintenance
- A Leak Caused while a Gas Company works on the line
- Improper cleaning techniques
- Defective components such as valves and couplings, and poor training.
When this type of negligence is the cause of your injuries, we will develop a strong case for compensation for your injuries, lost wages and other costs related to your accident. Last year Con Edison compensated at least 87 victims of a gas explosion in East Harlem that caused an apartment building to collapse and caused numerous injuries.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an explosion, contact our experienced Gas Explosion Personal Injury Lawyers right away. Call Goldstein and Bashner at 516-222-4000 for a free consultation. Our compassionate lawyers will evaluate your case and answer any questions you have.