NYC Injury Attorneys with Experience in Gas Leak Accidents
The sound legal counsel you need when dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury
When you think of a gas leak, you may picture having to deal with foul-smelling odors. However, gas leaks can cause serious harm, including death, dismemberment, burns and asphyxiation. They are surprisingly common and are always serious. If a gas leak has caused a serious injury or death to you or a loved one, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson right away. We have nearly 100 years of combined experience, and have handled a number of claims related to gas leaks in New York City. You can trust in our knowledge and proven track record of success, making a real difference as you seek the compensation you need and deserve after a serious accident.
The dangers of gas leaks in New York City
The primary challenge associated with a gas leak is that it can be difficult to establish its exact source. The natural gas odor in your property may come from your appliances, from the adjacent property or even from the gas utility lines running underneath your property. It can be especially dangerous if the leak is from an adjacent property, as other property owners may be ignoring the problem, putting you in danger. Some of the symptoms you may experience because of a gas leak include nausea, dizziness, headache, passing out, collapse and loss of breath.
In recent news, a gas explosion in New York destroyed two apartment structures, injuring 63 people. The bomb-like blast required utility workers to dig into the city’s main utility pipes underneath the streets to cut off the ensuing gas fire. The blast is suspected to have originated from poorly maintained gas piping in one of the buildings.
If you believe that you are at risk because of a gas leak, immediately contact your utilities provider to conduct a thorough assessment of the threat. Doing so may save not only your life, but the lives of your friends, family and neighbors.
What are the common causes of gas leaks?
Gas leaks may stem from many different things, including defective appliances in the home, the improper installation of appliances, defective gas piping or the failure to properly inspect existing appliances and piping. That’s why it so important to work with installers and maintenance professionals who are properly trained and certified in working with gas pipes and appliances. Building owners who fail to do so may place tenants and guests in serious danger.