Utility and gas explosions are devastating. Seeking compensation for damages while holding those responsible for the explosion accountable for their actions is a very lengthy and arduous matter. In fact, there may be multiple parties that are at fault, and without proper legal counsel and an experienced legal team by your side, you may miss a few of the parties at fault.
Don’t take chances if you’ve been involved in an event of this nature.
Talk to a personal injury attorney in Minnesota about your case and they will help you see the legal defense strategies that will be required to get you the compensation you justly deserve.
Causes for Utility and Gas Explosions
There are numerous causes for explosions. The most common are appliances, such as:
- Water heaters
- Ovens or cooktops
Malfunctioning appliances can cause gas buildup to occur. Eventually, the gas will accumulate enough where one spark can cause an explosion. This would be the fault of the product manufacturer, if the appliance were faulty.
Appliances, however, may not be faulty due to the manufacturer, but because of another party involved. This can be:
- Installation or repair men
- The gas company
When an item is installed or repaired and an explosion is the result of another party’s negligence, the manufacturer may not be to blame. Ultimately, proving fault will be the job of your defense team since all others involved will be looking elsewhere to lay blame.
The large numbers of parties that may be at fault make this a tedious legal battle in which expert witnesses will be required and an in-depth investigation must take place. With an explosion, the destruction of the property can also hinder efforts as determining the cause of the explosion may be impossible.
Explosions will change the lives of all involved forever. Determining proper compensation will be based on many factors including injuries, death and property lost. The following items are just a few that will need to be considered when reaching a settlement.
- The property that was damaged or destroyed during an explosion
- Injuries that were sustained by anyone hurt by the explosion
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Costs related to those injured, their lost wages, pain and suffering, and future wages lost
- Wrongful death
We Can Help the Healing Begin
Seeking legal guidance immediately following an explosion will allow for evidence to be gathered faster and will make the process move along faster. If you have not secured legal counsel it is imperative you begin the process.
Call us today to set up a consultation to discuss the event and the injuries sustained. We will fight on your behalf to ensure all parties involved are held accountable and that you receive the settlement you deserve. Better yet, the initial consultations for injured parties are free at Barna, Guzy and Steffen so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by picking up the phone today.