Compressed gas is commonly used for many purposes, including household purposes as well as business or commercial uses. Although compressed gas is used frequently, it can be dangerous. One danger is gas explosions. These can occur if the gas is exposed to a spark or ignition that sets of an explosion of the substance.
The size or severity of the explosion can depend on several factors, including:
- The type of gas involved;
- The quantity of gas involved;
- The amount of compression used in storing the gas; and
- Whether there were flammable materials or other explosive substances nearby.
Whether the compressed gas is used on a construction site or to cook food, an explosion may occur depending on operator error or negligence.
What Can Cause a Gas Pipe Explosion?
Gas pipe explosions can be severe due to the amount of gas often involved, as well as the fact that gas pipes can cover long distances. Such explosions can result in serious injuries (especially those related to fire) and major property damage. Several factors may cause a gas explosion, such as:
- Soil around the underground pipes;
- The configuration of specific gas facilities;
- Flow, compression, and/or pressure of the gas;
- Little to no gas flow over a long time frame; and/or
- Substances, rust, or moisture in or on the pipes.
What Causes a Gas Explosion at Home?
A common reason for a propane explosion is typically faulty grills or barbecues. The line in the tank can be defective. Also, when the grills are exposed to high temperatures, the cylinders and tanks can build pressure which causes an explosion.
Another type of gas explosion at a residential home occurs with gas appliances. Gas appliances such as central heating, water heaters, grills, gas generators, and gas stoves can explode because of equipment failure.
Who is Liable for My Gas Explosion?
Liability for a gas explosion may often depend on the cause of the explosion. Sometimes the explosion could have been an unforeseeable accident in which no one is at fault. Generally, there are two types of liability for a gas explosion: defective product and negligence.
A defective product is a product that causes harm to an individual because of a defect. The defect could be a design flaw, improper labeling, or defective manufacturing. A defective product could be a gas appliance that had a defective prior to the time it was placed on the market.
If a person incorrectly installs or maintains a product, it can sometimes for the basis of a negligence claim. Negligence is the failure to use care an ordinary individual would use in the same or similar circumstances.
Both product defect and negligence cases can result in a damages award for the injured party. Damages may cover expenses related to injuries as well as replacement or repairs of property caused by the explosion.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Gas Explosion?
Determining fault for a gas explosion generally requires extensive investigation. You may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer for help pursuing a lawsuit to recover damages for gas explosion-related injuries. Your attorney can also provide legal representation as needed in court.