Trusted New York City Explosion Accident Attorneys
Offering a high caliber of legal representation after serious injuries
Explosions are inherently dangerous because of the damage they cause and the fact that they happen without warning. The attorneys at New York’s Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson have handled many cases where people have been injured by explosions, and we work hard to get you the compensation you deserve after a serious explosion-related injury. We have a deep passion for assisting people with personal injury claims due to explosions and other dangerous situations. We determine fault, pinpoint negligence and negotiate fair settlements for our clients.
What causes gas explosions?
Gas explosions typically occur because of the slow build-up of flammable gas in an enclosed area. Because most residential and commercial properties are hooked up to natural gas lines, virtually every building is susceptible to a natural gas explosion, including homes, hospitals, daycare centers and commercial structures.
It doesn’t take much to ignite a gas explosion. Anything from a simple static spark to a pilot light can cause one. These types of explosions are often ignited indoors, so there is a tremendous potential for serious injury or death. In addition, because of the severity of gas explosions, adjacent homes and commercial properties are usually affected as well.
There are a number of factors that may cause gas leak explosions, including:
- Defective products. Home appliances such as defective water heaters, boilers and stoves can cause explosions by inadequately containing flammable gasses. Other appliances such as gas grills, gas generators, and gas space heaters can also be dangerous. These appliances may leak gas into the surrounding environment, providing an opportunity for a potentially devastating explosion.
- Improper installation. It takes a great deal of professional knowledge and care to install a gas-run appliance. Unfortunately, not every tradesperson knows exactly how to ensure a perfect gas-tight seal. Leaks from improper installation are a common reason why major explosions occur in New York.
- Improper labeling. Do you know which pipes in your property contain gas and which contain water? Unfortunately, mislabeling is a common mistake that leads to property owners and maintenance professionals taking inadequate care when handling pipes they think are water, when they are actually gas.
Common injuries caused by explosions
Many different injuries result from explosions, including severe burns, dismemberment and death — all happening in an instant. It’s somewhat common for explosion victims to suffer third- and fourth-degree burns, permanent disfigurement and the loss of bodily functions. In other situations, there may be traumatic brain injuries, concussions and hearing loss. Most of these injuries and conditions can last for many years, if not a person’s entire life. For this reason, it’s critical to work with a trusted personal injury lawyer Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson.
Speak with a skilled NYC explosion injury attorney today
To set up a free initial consultation with Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, give us a call at 888.746.8212 or contact us online today. We are proud to serve clients across New York City, and you pay no attorneys’ fees unless your case is successful.