Pennsylvania Natural Gas Home Explosion Lawyers
Helping Victims Rebuild Their Lives Since 2000
Natural gas leaks are often silent, meaning they don’t provide much warning at all. Unfortunately, while this natural resource is widely used as a beneficial energy source to many, it can cause catastrophic damage when leaks occur.
For those who have endured the devastation of a natural gas explosion, the task of rebuilding your life may seem overwhelming. Victims must deal with severe injuries, property damage and loss, expensive medical bills, rehab, and the possible loss of a family member or loved one.
For decades, our Pennsylvania natural gas explosion lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC have been helping injured individuals pick up the pieces and put their lives back together after devastating home explosions and fires. We can help you with your personal injury claim, along with any other legal action you need to take regarding the destruction of your property.
Our attorneys understand the process may be complex, but we know what needs to take place in order to achieve a successful outcome. We know that filing a claim can be a time-consuming process, and we understand your trepidation. However, our attorneys are prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf and will not rest until you receive the compensation and damages you need for you and your loved ones.
Identifying the Cause of a Natural Gas Explosion
There is no shortage of reasons that account for natural gas explosions. These incidents are often the result of poor maintenance or defective products, though other additional factors can also play a role in natural gas home explosions and fires as well.
Some of the most common causes of natural gas explosions include:
- Improper use of a gas furnace, stove, or other appliances
- Leaks due to gas lines being hooked up incorrectly
- Old and worn-out gas lines coming into your home
- Defective equipment, including gas-powered grills and gas-powered fire pits
- Violations of codes and standards governing the safe handling of natural gas or propane
While other reasons for natural gas explosions exist, the above-mentioned factors account for many home natural gas explosions in Pennsylvania.
One of the main problems associated with natural gas explosions is identifying and proving the source of the explosion. This is difficult to do because the explosion most likely damaged the majority of your home or, at the very least, destroyed the room the explosion originated from.
Armed with established industry experts, our Pennsylvania natural gas explosion attorneys can investigate the accident, identify the cause of the natural gas explosion in your home, and preserve the necessary evidence needed in your case. With solid proof, our attorneys aim to assemble a valid claim on your behalf, place liability for the explosion on the proper party, and make a strong argument for the compensation you deserve.
Natural Gas: Facts You Should Know
Natural gas is an odorless, tasteless, flammable substance used as a major energy source throughout Pennsylvania and across the United States. This energy source is made up of millions of years of animal and plant decay that was buried under sand, salt, and rock. Over time, the decay was pressed down deeper and deeper into the ground. This pressure resulted in the formation of natural gas, along with coal and oil.
When deposits of natural gas are found, the gas is drawn from the earth using multiple techniques. The technique you most likely hear associated with natural gas extraction is fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing. The process blasts open fissures in underground shale rock formations by injecting a high-pressure mixture of fluids, chemicals, and proppants, causing the natural gas to flow to a production well. During the process, water, sand, and chemicals are pumped into the ground to break up the shale and release the gas.
Fracking has become a controversial topic, especially throughout the Keystone State. While it is beneficial for energy use purposes, it can negatively affect the environment in a number of ways.
Natural Gas Home Explosion Casualties & Damages
Since homes are using natural gas as a source of energy more than ever, incidents of injury, property damage and loss, and death resulting from natural gas explosions and fires have increased. On average, 17 people lose their life due to natural gas explosions each year. While that number may seem low, all it takes is one single flame or spark to destroy an entire home because of an unknown gas leak. Since 14 million people use natural gas for fuel purposes across the U.S., catastrophe can strike at any time.
Property damage is a different story. On average, natural gas explosions account for $133 million in property damage per year. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, fire departments respond to more than 3,200 gas-related property each year; 2,000 of these incidents are directly related to natural gas.
Injured? Contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC Immediately
If you are lucky enough to survive a natural gas home explosion, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention, especially if you and your loved one suffered severe burns or other injuries. If you have a second or third-degree burn, it is imperative that you are treated as soon as possible in order to prevent infection or even deadlier consequences associated with burn injuries and smoke inhalation.
In any case, it is important that you understand what legal options you have going forward. The Pennsylvania natural gas explosion lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC have spent their careers fighting for the injured and getting victims the compensation and damages that they deserve. With more than $110 million won in verdicts and settlements, our attorneys are ready to help you deal with any issues and potential problems you may encounter in the event of a gas or other utility incident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a natural gas explosion in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or anywhere in the Keystone State, don’t delay—contact our firm today for a free consultation.
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