Work Accidents from Gas and Oil Drilling
We know that the last thing on your mind when you are in your home, out at the store, or at work is that a major gas explosion will cause you or your loved ones harm. Unfortunately, there are times when the negligence of a gas company or other party can cause you serious harm.
In the aftermath of an explosion that causes an injury or fatality, you will have many questions:
- Why did this happen?
- Will insurance cover all of the damage and injuries?
- Who can I go to for help getting this taken care of?
At SMA Law Group, our specialized personal injury team understands the laws that go into dealing with gas explosions. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need through a settlement with the people responsible for your pain and suffering. After a gas explosion it can be confusing, call us and one of our Washington County gas explosion attorneys can guide you through the rubble.
Why They Happen
Gas explosions in homes and businesses are not uncommon and sometimes they can cause major property damage and severe personal injuries. They usually occur when there is a gas leak and that gas is allowed to accumulate in an area then ignites.
- In our homes, we often see the following gases used: methane, natural gas, propane, and butane. These are typically used for heating and cooking purposes.
- In businesses and industries, we typically see all of those as well as: hydrogen, evaporated gas, ethanol, and more. These are used in manufacturing, mining, and more.
All of these fuel sources, when used appropriately, do not pose a danger to people. Most gas explosions all have one thing in common – they were preventable.
The cause of explosions often revolves around unsafe work practices. If a company that uses the gas does not follow proper safety procedures or does not properly train workers in the handling of gas and other equipment, accidents will occur.
Gas companies also must regularly inspect and maintain their gas lines and equipment to prevent explosions. We know that the gas line infrastructure is aging in our area, but little is being done to fix the problem. Instead of being proactive and trying to prevent explosions, gas companies and lawmakers are reacting to incidents that happen.
Injuries from gas explosions can be catastrophic and result in permanent disabilities. Who will be held responsible when that happens?
Your Next Steps
If you or a loved one have been injured in a gas explosion and are not sure where to turn, you can count on SMA Law Group to guide you through the entire process. These incidents are scary and can leave you with difficult choices, especially if your home has been destroyed.
Our team understands the laws that go into these cases. We also know that they can overlap with other types of cases that we handle, such as:
- Premises liability
- Catastrophic injuries
- Work injury and workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death