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Common Causes of Explosions & Explosion Injuries

There are times when catastrophic injuries occur due to explosions. Most explosion incidents are completely preventable but are caused due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, company, or entity. At the Doan Law Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced explosion injury attorneys have vast experience helping injured clients secure the compensation they deserve after a serious incident. Here, we explore some of the most common causes of explosions.

Why Choose The Doan Law Firm For This Case?

After you or somebody you love has been injured in an explosion, turn to an attorney widely regarded as an expert in the industry for this type of case. Attorney Jimmy Doan is ready to help.

  • We have a proven track record of success litigating explosion cases and have secured multiple record-breaking verdicts totaling tens of millions of dollars.
  • With offices in more than 40 cities throughout the United States, we are one of the largest personal injury firms in the country.
  • Our team specializes in mass casualty cases such as explosion incidents, and we know what it takes to properly investigate these cases.
  • The Doan Law Firm takes explosion cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our clients pay nothing until we win and secure the compensation they need.

How Will An Attorney Help Your Case?

In the aftermath of an explosion injury, a victim needs help from somebody with the knowledge and resources necessary to properly investigate liability. An explosion injury attorney will handle every aspect of the case, including:

  • Obtaining all evidence related to the incident, including any available video or photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, and accident reports.
  • Researching the history of any company or individual involved and the explosion incident to establish a pattern of negligence.
  • Working with medical and economic experts to properly calculate a client’s total losses and negotiating with all parties involved to reach a fair settlement.

Explosions Have Various Causes

There are innumerable causes of explosions, and they are often the result of another person’s negligence. Some of the most common causes of explosions that the Doan Law Firm helps clients with include the following:

Residential and commercial fires

Residential and commercial fires are often caused by faulty wiring or poor construction. In these cases, there could be various parties at fault, including a landlord, homeowner, a general contractor or subcontractor, a third party in a home, or the public entity responsible for the proper installation or repair of gas lines/power lines.

Defective products

Many products carry a risk of fire or explosion, and it is vital that companies ensure that these products are safe. Products as large as entire sections of pipe can be defective, or a faulty product could be as small as a tiny connector or valve. There are various ways that products can become defective, including poor design, shoddy manufacturing, or inadequate warning labels or instructions. Determining whether or not a faulty product caused an explosion often requires intense investigation and even accident reconstruction.

Industrial and construction accidents

The workplace often presents heightened explosion risks. This is especially the case for those who work on oil rigs, in oil refineries, in chemical plants, or other industries that use flammable or combustible materials. Employers must always ensure that their workers have adequate training and that they have the proper safety equipment necessary to mitigate explosion injury risks.

Gas pipeline or propane tank explosions

Whether inside of a home, in an industrial setting, or in a neighborhood, pipeline, and propane tank explosions can lead to serious injuries. These incidents can occur due to improper training of employees, inadequate maintenance, defective parts, and more.

Chemical explosions

Chemical explosions are much more likely to happen in plants where liquids or gases are manufactured or mixed. In many cases, chemical explosions occur if there is rapid oxidation that produces large amounts of hot gases. Some of the most dangerous and explosive chemicals include chlorine, nitrogen, ammonium permanganate and chlorate, peroxy acids, mercury, nitroglycerin, forms of lead, forms of silver, forms of xenon, and more.

Motor vehicle accidents

Explosions involving motor vehicles happen not only due to accidents, but can also occur due to faulty products related to the fuel, electrical, or battery systems of the vehicle. If a company or manufacturer is responsible for defective vehicle parts, they could be held liable for explosion injuries.

Gross negligence

In some cases, explosions are caused by gross negligence, which can be defined as the conscious or willful disregard of the need to exercise reasonable care. Gross negligence can lead to grave injury or harm to people and property. Concerning explosions, gross negligence can involve many actions. This includes employers not properly training workers on the use of explosive materials. Gross negligence could also mean that a company knew that a product was at risk of causing an explosion and did not issue a recall or warn consumers of the danger. Finally, gross negligence can include a person willfully causing an explosion to occur.

How Much Compensation Is Available For This Case?

Explosion incidents often lead to catastrophic injuries for a victim. Not only will this lead to tremendous medical bills, but it can also lead to significant “hidden costs” for victims and their families. This can include any necessary home and vehicle modifications, the cost of travel to and from medical visits, necessary medical devices, and more.

The total amount of compensation available in the aftermath of an explosion will vary depending on the specifics of the case. While no two cases are exactly the same, the team at the Doan Law Firm has vast experience recovery the following types of compensation for our clients:

  • Coverage of your medical bills related to the explosion
  • Compensation for lost income if a victim cannot work
  • Pain in suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a negligent party

When you need an explosion attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by calling 1 (800) 349-0000.