If you sustained injuries in a furnace explosion, speak to a lawyer who specializes in furnace explosions at the national personal injury law firm of Burg Simpson.

In the blink of an eye, your life could be changed forever by a furnace explosion. Explosion injuries are some of the most horrendous because there are numerous ways a person can get hurt. Debris can turn into a projectile, piercing your flesh and fracturing or crushing bones. Heat and fire can lead to disastrous burn injuries, and the force generated by the blast could cause serious damage to vital internal organs.

Regardless of whether you were hurt on a commercial or business property, on the job, or at your place of residence by a faulty consumer product or appliance, you can count on our knowledgeable and experienced explosion injury attorneys to help you recover the maximum amount of financial compensation to which the law entitles you.

What Causes a Furnace Explosion?

When people hear the word ‘explosion’, they tend to think of building demolitions and natural disasters, although this is rarely the case. Explosions, specifically those involving furnaces, usually take place because something was faulty with the tank or the appliance itself. Some furnace explosions are caused by a design or manufacturing defect while others are caused by poor maintenance habits or incorrect equipment installation.

People who have been burned or otherwise injured by a furnace explosion could have a valid claim for monetary damages against the product designer or manufacturer, the subcontractor who installed it, or the owner of the property who was responsible for its upkeep. Furnace explosion claims can also be filed as premises liability or manufacturer negligence cases.

What Other Kinds of Explosions Does Burg Simpson Handle?

At the national law firm of Burg Simpson, we handle almost all personal injury cases that involve catastrophic or major injuries arising from:

  • Chemical explosions
  • Boiler explosions
  • Appliance explosions
  • Air tank explosions
  • Water heater and furnace explosions
  • Propane tank and gas grill explosions
  • Gas leaks in a business or residence
  • Fuel line or gas tank explosions in auto accidents
  • Pipeline explosions
  • Refinery and plant explosions
  • Transformer and power generator explosions

Since they frequently involve toxic gasses and fire, the injuries caused by an explosion are often serious and sometimes even deadly. If your loved one passed away due to injuries from a furnace explosion, or any other type of explosion, call Burg Simpson for a free consultation to see if we can file a wrongful death claim for you.

What Are Some Common Explosion-Related Injuries?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered blast and explosion injuries into four distinct categories:

  • Primary injuries: Primary injuries are caused by the immediate force of the explosion. When the pressure of a blast strikes a person at close range, it often causes rapid injuries to the abdomen, lungs, eardrums, brain, and eyes.
  • Secondary injuries: When a furnace explodes, scraps, fragments, and other objects are propelled away from the blast at a high rate of speed. Secondary injuries happen when these projectiles hit people in the immediate area. Secondary injuries can vary from minor lacerations and contusions to fatal brain injuries.
  • Tertiary injuries: Anyone who is in the vicinity of an explosion could be physically hurled by the force. When a body is thrown, it can lead to serious tertiary injuries such as blunt trauma injuries, back injuries, broken bones, and head injuries.
  • Quaternary injuries: A quaternary injury is any explosion-related injury that is not ascribed to the first three injury classifications. Quaternary injuries include the aggravation of pre-existing conditions, crush injuries, burns, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina, asthma, and brain injuries.

Another report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that blast injuries commonly affect the respiratory, auditory, digestive, renal, and circulatory systems. Additionally, an estimated 10% of those who survive explosions experience significant injuries to one or both eyes, usually caused by a projectile.

At Burg Simpson, we have the skills and resources necessary to establish the precise cause of your injuries and bring the person or persons responsible to book.

Who is Liable for the Damages Caused by My Furnace Explosion?

Our years of practicing law have taught us that negligence almost always plays a role in a furnace explosion accident. Some common examples of negligence that can lead to furnace explosions are:

  • Negligent utility company employees
  • Faulty or defective products, tools, or equipment
  • Inappropriate handling of combustible materials
  • Inadequate or improper certification or safety training for employees
  • Lack of worker supervision
  • Unsafe and improper storage of gasses, including air pressure that has built up

Most explosions cause severe injuries to anyone nearby. Those fortunate enough to survive are often forced to endure extended recovery times, long-lasting or permanent disabilities, and disfigurement. If you or a member of your family was injured during a furnace explosion that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson will fight hard to obtain full and fair financial compensation on your behalf.

There are multiple parties who could be liable for causing or contributing to your furnace explosion and subsequent injuries. For example, your employer could be liable if they failed to maintain a workplace that is safe and danger-free. Or, liability could fall to the designer or manufacturer that released a faulty product onto the open market.

In order for your injury claim to be successful, you will have to show that the person or company named in your lawsuit had a duty to ensure your safety and that they failed to do so.

If you were hurt while on the job, however, you do not need to establish liability to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Keep in mind though, that workers’ compensation does not offer any financial compensation for things such as pain, suffering, inconvenience, or decreased quality of life. Our nationwide attorneys can offer advice pertaining to the legal action that will serve the best interests of you and your family.

How Much Is My Furnace Explosion Case Worth?

In addition to serious physical injuries, a furnace explosion could cost you your job and, if it took place in a residential neighborhood, your home, and all of your worldly possessions. We know that nothing can replace what you have lost but, if you are looking to be made financially whole again, initiating legal action is an ideal place to start.

Bringing a negligent party to justice can put a stop to any future careless behavior in addition to securing you the financial compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and other damages.

The furnace explosion lawyers at Burg Simpson can pursue financial recovery on your behalf for:

  • Current and projected medical treatments and other medical expenses
  • Lost wages, lost future wages, and lost or diminished earning capacity
  • Damage to personal property
  • Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
  • Mental anguish
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Funeral costs, and burial or cremation costs in cases involving wrongful death

Depending on where your explosion occurred, if the negligent act that caused it was especially egregious, the court can decide to award punitive damages. The exact amount of financial compensation you are entitled to will be based on the nature and degree of your injuries and your future prognosis. Our law firm can thoroughly analyze your accident and injuries to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed pursuant to the laws of your state.

What Are Some Warning Signs That My Furnace Might Explode?

There are several warning signs that can indicate that it is time to get your furnace serviced, repaired, or replaced before disaster strikes. Some of these warning signs are:

Incorrect Furnace Installation

Any incompetence during a furnace installation or repair job could allow toxic fumes to enter a home, making it vulnerable to an explosion. Joints could be poorly sealed or a pressure valve might malfunction causing pressure to build and leading to a rupture in the gas line. These problems are common in furnaces that are connected to flexible gas lines.

Improper furnace installations are one of the main causes of furnace explosions. The hazards that are associated with incorrect furnace installations are the reason that, in almost every jurisdiction, it is against the law for anybody who does not have a license to try to install or repair a furnace or any other appliance that is connected to the gas mains.

Odors of Gas or Fuel

If you notice a smell of gas, fuel, or rotten eggs coming from the area of your furnace, you could have a serious problem on your hands. If this happens, you must immediately evacuate the building or residence. Once everyone is safely vacated, call a certified HVAC technician, explain the situation, and have them thoroughly inspect all of the gas connections and central heating systems. Under no circumstances is this a task you should ever undertake on your own.

The Pilot Light is Yellow Instead of Blue

Furnaces may be leaking carbon monoxide when they have a pilot light, also known as a burner flame, that is yellow rather than blue. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and highly flammable, all of which make it extremely dangerous.

If the chimney has no upward draft, then particles of carbon monoxide can collect near your furnace.

If you suspect your home has a carbon monoxide leak, turn off the gas immediately, get everyone out of the building and into the open air, and call a licensed gas fitter or a professional furnace technician right away.

Your Furnace is Outdated

A lot of older model furnaces run on gas or oil. Most newer model furnaces come equipped with advanced safety features, including flame-proving sensors, flame rollout sensors, flue exhaust pressure sensors, fan limit sensors, and high-temperature limit controls.

Older model furnaces can pose a fire risk, even those that are very well-ventilated. Older furnaces can also form tiny cracks that allow gas to seep into the air, filling your home with carbon monoxide instead of oxygen.

Additionally, it is also a good idea to make sure that any flammable materials are not stored anywhere near an older furnace since this increases the odds of fires and explosions.

There is Digging in Your Neighborhood

Some furnace explosions take place because somebody is digging on land in the area and they severed a gas line.

When gas leaks from a ripped, cut, or torn pipeline, it could saturate the soil around your home, eventually making its way inside through a drainage system or another service line, such as a sump pit or French drain. This is why contractors are required to have municipal approval before they begin to dig, especially near residential areas.

A gas-powered furnace combined with a gas leak from an external underground source is a treacherous combination. In this case, the furnace itself would act as the source of ignition.

Constantly Adjusting Your Thermostat

If your furnace does not seem to be heating your home the way it should be, it could simply be an issue with your thermostat or it could be an indication of a far more serious problem that needs to be checked out by a licensed furnace technician.

Poor Operation or Efficiency

If your furnace seems to be struggling to maintain a steady temperature throughout your home or you are noticing a sharp spike in your gas or electric bill, you need to have your furnace inspected.

A furnace that is operating below expectations or is inefficient is often a sign that one or several of its components might need to be replaced.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent a Furnace Explosion?

After reading this, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do that will help prevent a furnace explosion.

Some basic tips that you can follow to help avoid this kind of catastrophe are:

  • Furnaces that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.
  • Ensure that your furnace is serviced regularly.
  • Thoroughly inspect all exhaust ducts, lines, fittings, and gas connections.
  • If you plan on digging in the area, call your local gas board to find out if any underground lines are located nearby.
  • Only hire a licensed, certified gas fitting professional.
  • Never attempt to perform a DIY repair on your furnace.
  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector that is operational and has fresh batteries.

If you are not confident in or comfortable with evaluating your furnace on your own, contact a professional.

Talk to a National Furnace Explosion Injury Lawyer

Most furnace explosions are caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence, and they leave those who get injured to deal with the aftermath, such as property damage and severe injuries. If you were injured or lost a member of your family in a furnace fire or explosion, the personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson can help. Call our experienced furnace explosion attorneys at (888) 895-2080 or contact us online to request a free case review.
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