While they may not happen as often as car accidents or slips and falls, explosions rank among the most catastrophic personal injury events. They are overwhelmingly violent, with a typical outcome being property destruction, serious burns, permanent scars, loss of one or more limbs, and even death. Every year, firefighters and other rescuers join the ranks of those injured or killed in fires and explosions.
Different circumstances can combine to create an explosion hazard in New York. Some of them can be attributed to human error, such as failure to follow refilling and reconnect safety steps for home heating propane tanks. Others are acts of negligence on the part of a government agency or corporation, such as:
- Careless handling of flammable or combustible liquids such as gas, oil, and other fuels in certain industries,
- Failure to take appropriate fire prevention and safety precautions,
- Negligent servicing and maintenance of public gas or electric utilities,
- Faulty building wiring,
- Defective fire alarms and smoke detectors and
- Improperly designed and manufactured propane tanks or gas tanks
Through various acts and omissions, these entities can create a dangerous situation in public places and/or work sites. In New York City, gas explosions are of particular concern because the system that distributes gas throughout the city is one of the oldest in the United States. The cast iron and unprotected steel pipes that compose over half of the gas mains are decades old and prone to leaks. The result is a potential for fire and gas explosions in densely populated areas.
Another situation with risk potential involves vehicles with side saddle gas tanks, in which the tank is located on the outside of the carâ€™s frame, instead of inside the frame. These tanks lack the shielding protection of the frame and are more easily punctured or crushed in a collision.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in an explosion accident caused by human error or negligence, then the law allows you or your survivors to seek damages for personal injury, wrongful death and property damages. These awards will cover medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning ability or financial support, funeral costs, and even noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of parental guidance for children.
An experienced New York explosion accident attorney has the resources and expertise to retain the experts needed to determine what caused the explosion and who should be held accountable for your injuries and damages. As you progress gradually toward recovery, your attorney will protect your rights and litigate tirelessly on your behalf, so that you and your loved ones can receive the compensation you need and are entitled to. Jayson Lutzky of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. a law firm the Bronx, New York has experience handling accident and personal injury cases. Over the past 33 years he has the years helped recover millions of dollars for his clients. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com for additional information.