With Summer in full swing and the 4th of July right around the corner, households across our country will fire up their propane grills to host barbecues for families and friends. Millions of families use propane tanks as part of daily life to heat water, cook, grill and heat their homes. Unfortunately, thousands of victims are either killed or burned from propane explosions every year. Other propane explosion injuries include loss of hearing and/or eyesight, brain injuries from the shock waves, permanent scarring and facial lacerations. If you’ve experienced a propane accident, a propane accident attorney at Thompson Law may be able to help.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that between 2011 and 2015 there were around 9,600 home fires involving propane grills that required a fire department dispatch, resulting in an average of 160 injuries, 10 deaths, and $133 million in property damage each year. July is the peak month in grill fires, followed by May, June, and August. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), 73% of consumers grill on the 4th of July, 60% on Memorial Day, 58% grill on Labor Day, and 45% grill on Father’s Day.
Not only do propane tank fires result from gas grills, but propane tank fires and explosions also occur from heating homes and water heaters. Over the last few years, propane tanks have been used to manufacture methamphetamine in illegal meth labs, where they are used to store anhydrous ammonia. This substance ruins propane tank valves, and when these tanks are recycled, the valve may be defective and dangerous. If defective tanks are not properly removed from the supply systems when they are recycled and filled, they pose a serious risk of an explosion to innocent purchasers.
Propane tanks involved in explosions vary from small tanks (commonly used for outdoor grills) to tanks containing thousands of gallons of propane (such as a propane truck).
Propane tanks can pose a serious risk and are extremely dangerous. Propane accidents can lead to massive explosions which result in deaths and severe burns.
One of the easiest ways to detect a propane leak is through smell. Although propane is odorless, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) safety regulations require a chemical to be added to it that creates a smell of rotten eggs, skunk, or dead animal that will alert the user in the event of a leak. If the chemical is not added properly or weeks have passed since the propane tank was last filled, the odor may be undetectable.
If the propane tank is in use of an area that is not well-ventilated, a single spark or open flame may ignite an explosion. Despite how careful individuals may be with propane tanks, whether for residential or commercial use, propane-related accidents and injuries still occur.
The circumstances and facts surrounding the propane tank explosion will need to be carefully investigated in order to determine who may be liable. Potentially liable persons or companies (depending on the type of explosion involved) include:
Most propane tank explosions are a result of a defect in the product. In general, there are 3 distinct causes of action in a product liability claim.
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A personal injury attorney will have the resources and knowledge to thoroughly investigate the propane tank explosion and fire involving a client in order to identify all who were responsible for their damages and injuries. In an injury or wrongful death case, it is common to retain an accident reconstructionist to help determine how the accident occurred and who was liable. If the case involves a defective product, the investigator will look into the chain of distribution in order to determine who was involved in the sale of the defective product. Once liability is determined, a personal injury attorney will then be able to pursue damages on your behalf.
If you have been injured in a propane tank accident, you need a team of attorneys experienced in handling complex gas explosion cases. Not only do we offer free case reviews, but we also work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only get to pay us only if we win your case. Contact propane accident attorney Ryan L. Thompson of Thompson Law.
Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.
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