Do you think you might have the right to compensation because you were involved in a gas pipeline explosion accident? Contact Burg Simpson for a free consultation to find out your options.

Our experience as a national law firm handling natural gas explosion cases has shown us the true devastation that is often caused when something goes wrong with a gas line. Gas pipelines are crucial components of our infrastructure, and those who work daily on these systems are at risk of sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries.

Types of Gas Pipelines in Use in the United States

There are many pipelines that may be encountered in the field, but these are the three main categories used to categorize pipelines:

  • Gathering pipelines
  • Transportation pipelines
  • Distribution pipelines

These pipelines concentrate on the removal of materials, their long-distance transportation, and their end delivery. Although this is only a brief introduction to the subject, it is important for your attorney to consider each type in detail if you decide to pursue a claim for damages.

Types of Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Injuries

The damage caused by an accident involving an energy pipeline explosion to those nearby is often devastating. There is a chance that workers, emergency personnel, and defenseless bystanders could sustain serious or even fatal injuries.

The following are a few of the most typical injuries brought about by pipeline explosions:

  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Blast lung (intrapulmonary hemorrhage)
  • Missing limbs
  • Damaged eardrums
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and scratches
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Several of these injuries can have a long-term effect on an injured victim's life, health, and capacity for employment. Being injured in a pipeline explosion may necessitate ongoing medical care and result in temporary or permanent disability. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a similar type of accident, you should contact a pipeline explosion lawyer for a free consultation as soon as possible. Our law firm has helped people all across the country who have been hurt in pipeline explosions, and we are here to help you during your hour of need.

Any claims for injuries sustained in a pipeline explosion can be handled by our accomplished law firm.  A personal injury lawyer will compile and evaluate all available evidence, file all required paperwork, and represent your interests in all hearings and negotiation and/or trial proceedings. We will support you in pursuing compensation for all of your losses, including lost earnings, medical costs, loss of companionship or consortium, and physical pain and suffering.

How Common Are Natural Gas Explosions?

In the United States, there were approximately 5,512 pipeline accidents between 2010 and 2018, according to a FracTracker alliance report. A total of 596 people were hurt in these accidents, and 126 more died. Statistics show that 818 of these incidents involved fires, while 291 involved explosions. Flammable materials, hazardous liquids, and excavation work are known to result in injury claims against the insurance company and other liable parties.

Although they do not happen every day, natural gas explosions do happen more frequently than you think. When they do happen, they have the potential to wreak havoc on those involved. Injured workers and anyone else who gets injured in an explosion accident should contact a trusted law firm when a gas line malfunction or explosion leaves them with a long road to recovery and high medical bills. Get the help of a catastrophic injury lawyer to make sure that you are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Our pipeline explosion lawyers accept injury claims for all kinds of injuries, from minor soft-tissue injuries like sprains and strains to significant and catastrophic damages like broken bones, brain or spinal cord injuries, burns, scars, disfigurement, paralysis, amputation, limb loss, and sadly, even wrongful death. The pipeline companies responsible for the incident should be held responsible for their role in an explosion involving a natural gas or oil pipeline.

We handle cases involving gas pipeline accidents caused by any form of negligence or carelessness, including:

  • Human error, such as negligence in the selection, instruction, or supervision of employees
  • Negligent repairs, such as incorrectly installed valves or service lines, or improper maintenance or valve installation
  • Failing to promptly replace or fix aging pipelines following reports of potential gas leaks or other issues
  • Not adhering to the necessary safety rules or codes
  • The malfunction of, or exposure to, potentially harmful components, goods, or machinery
  • Pipeline failure caused by metal wear, corrosion, or contact with caustic chemicals

We Fight for Injured Oilfield Workers After Pipeline Accidents

Do not leave your recovery to chance. A gas explosion is a violent, drastically life-altering event. Nothing less than the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive is acceptable. Our legal team will exert every effort to restore your financial stability. This entails estimating all of your past, present and projected losses and formally demanding that the party or parties accountable be held liable.

We are prepared to advocate on your behalf and negotiate a just settlement for the harm and losses you have endured as well as property damage resulting from the incident. We are ready to take your case to court if the negligent party and their insurance provider will not agree to a reasonable settlement. Every case is prepared as though it will need to go to trial. No matter what it takes, our objective is to obtain the compensation you are due.

Reach out to us by phone, contact form, or live chat to speak with our experienced explosion lawyers. We always offer a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you won't have to pay us anything upfront unless we prevail in your legal matter. Give us a call right away if you were badly injured in an accident involving energy pipelines or a gas explosion.

Natural Gas Pipelines

Natural gas is delivered to distributors via natural gas pipelines, who then use these pipelines in order to deliver the commodity to consumers from gas mains. These gas lines can range in size from two inches to five feet and are constructed of carbon steel. Importantly, the pressure inside these pipelines helps transfer gas from end to end. Due to their dual use in industrial and residential settings, these pipelines run all over the country and serve a special purpose in energy and natural gas production. Oil and natural gas pipelines are the most widely used in the United States. Under these circumstances, it is important to never forget that a gas leak can happen if a natural gas pipeline is not properly maintained.

Oil Pipelines

Oil is a crucial component of American energy production. Oil pipelines run between oilfields and refiners in order to carry crude or processed oils. They can range in diameter from a few inches to four feet and are often composed of steel or plastic. While surfaced at pump stations and valves, the majority of these are underground pipeline systems. The Trans-Alaska pipeline, however, is an unusual exception and is renowned for having a significant amount of pipeline at the surface. Pipeline explosions are known to inflict catastrophic injuries, whether they are due to underground pipelines or above-ground systems.

Pipeline Failure Can Cause Pipeline Explosions

Some who support the construction of oil and gas pipelines claim that by removing huge trucks from the road that would be transporting the product otherwise, pipelines improve public safety. These arguments, however, downplay the disastrous effects that result from a pipeline failure, and they ignore the fact that it is well documented that pipelines are currently often deteriorating without maintenance. Several pipelines work without any problems for many years, but after many years of usage, corrosion weakens the once-sturdy metal walls of a pipeline. The unthinkable occurs when a pipeline is allowed to be neglected.

The potential consequences of a pipeline explosion include:

  • Toxic exposure
  • Explosions
  • Burn injuries
  • Property damage
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Wrongful death

Some of the Most Common Causes of Pipeline Explosions

In the United States, there are more than 2.7 million miles of pipeline. Although most of them are secure, they are only as stable as the organizations that manage them. Workers and others who are close to natural gas pipelines are routinely and unfairly put at risk due to poor maintenance, inadequate training, and other oversights. In other words, businesses that are tasked with maintaining gas pipes could be held accountable for errors or choices that result in a pipeline explosion.

Even with the creation of government bodies such as the Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the oil pipelines do not have the necessary scrutiny required for overall safety. We have found that in many of our previous pipeline explosion accident cases, the gas company's lines were old and had not been properly maintained, meaning that a gas leak or other potentially dangerous situation was more likely.

In other instances, the gas company neglected to replace the damaged pipes or defective equipment used to construct the natural gas lines. Other times, there was proof that the gas company neglected to inspect the lines, which was against the rules and regulations governing the safe handling of gas. Even in circumstances where gas service has been cut off, natural gas explosions can still happen, whether it is due to improper installation or some other means.

Safety regulations are in place for a reason, and when they are not followed, or appropriate safety equipment is not used, it can result in disastrous consequences. We have handled many cases involving pipeline explosions and gas leaks that needlessly injured pipeline workers and others, causing burn injuries and other types of damages.

To proceed with a gas pipeline explosion accident claim, you must first make a determination about what caused the incident, in order to know who is responsible. These are some of the most common causes of pipeline explosions:

  • Inadequate maintenance. Pipelines can fail and explode if they are not properly maintained. For instance, if a rusty pipeline portion is not rebuilt, it may leak and eventually ignite. Expenses are frequently the reason that inadequate maintenance is allowed to remain a problem. A pipeline mile can cost more than a million to replace, according to some estimates.
  • Improper installation. When laying a pipeline, a lot of things can go wrong. A gas leak, for instance, could be caused by improper welding. Emergency shutoff valves that were not fitted properly could malfunction and fail to stop a devastating explosion. Also, even with correct installation, a manufacturer's flaw could lead to component failure.
  • The United States is home to many miles of pipeline, making construction and excavation operations dangerous. Pipelines must be located by contractors prior to beginning any work. If they do not, there could be a puncture, leading to a pipeline explosion.
  • Failure to take necessary action. Several pipeline explosions might have been prevented if staff members had handled an emergency quickly. This is particularly valid in the case of gas leaks. Another example of failing to take an important action would be when there is no smell added to the gas. There is a requirement that the gas company must add an odorant to the gas in order to make it easier to detect leaks, because natural gas has no smell.
  • Failure to oversee and/or train. Pipeline installation businesses are required to follow all applicable safety laws. Explosion danger may increase if workers are not properly monitored or instructed.

What should I do if I lost a loved one in a pipeline explosion?

You might be able to bring a wrongful death case against the party at fault if a gas pipeline explosion caused the loss of a family member. The liable party would be the person or business that caused the explosion and, as a result, your loved one's death. The at-fault party could be the oil or gas firm that installed the pipeline, the contractor who excavated without first looking for a subsurface gas line, or the manufacturer that overlooked a flaw in the gas meter, valve, or line.

This type of personal injury claim is appropriate if defective equipment or improper maintenance results in the death of a loved one due to a gas explosion. Also, it could offer you and your family the assistance you require for a more secure future by obtaining financial compensation for your loss. Nothing can bring your loved one back, but monetary compensation can help you get back on your feet so you can try to move forward. Contact our trusted law firm today to discuss your case with a pipeline explosion lawyer.

You Could be Eligible to Recover Compensation for Damages

After a pipeline explosion, a pipeline explosion claims lawyer will look into the incident and determine who might be at fault. We will work to get you fully and fairly compensated for the harm you have suffered if you were injured in a pipeline accident due to someone else’s negligence.

A pipeline explosion may result in severe, even deadly, injuries. Burns, traumatic brain injuries, limb loss, and permanent disfigurement are some examples of the severe traumas people experience in these types of accidents. Moreover, pipeline explosions can leave victims and their relatives with irreparable emotional damage. The victim's quality of life and capacity to provide for their families can also be greatly reduced by both physical and emotional injury.

So, it is essential to pursue compensation if you suffer injuries in a pipeline explosion. A knowledgeable pipeline lawyer can inform you of your rights and assist you in pursuing just compensation.

You might be entitled to financial compensation for:

  • Current and upcoming medical procedures
  • Lost income
  • Future earnings lost due to disability
  • Medical bills
  • Pain, anguish, physical alteration, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sometimes, pipeline explosions are known to result in a loved one's death. The surviving family members of a fatality victim of a pipeline accident may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to obtain financial support. Filing a wrongful death claim can provide financial security for the surviving family members, protect the family home, fund future education, and more. Federal oversight means that the company responsible for the accident can be held accountable. A natural gas pipeline explosion injury victim should contact our team of explosion lawyers for a free consultation to determine if they are able to pursue a personal injury claim.

Federal Oversight

In 2004, the United States Department of Transportation established the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which is in charge of creating and enforcing rules for the environmentally friendly, dependable, and safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are vital to the daily lives of Americans. However, the federal government has neglected to publish a single set of guidelines on the United States' pipeline networks that run across the country's surface, despite the dangers of poorly maintained pipeline systems being obvious.

There is no financial incentive for businesses to be proactive in maintaining their pipelines due to this lack of federal regulation, which increases the danger of natural gas pipeline explosions. This lack of safety regulations has made it even more perilous to work in the oil and natural gas field.

Pipeline Explosion Property Damage

While pipeline explosions can inflict major injuries to those near the scene of the accident, they can also seriously harm property. FracTracker reports that there were 614 pipeline accidents in 2019 alone, causing over $259 million in property damage.

Fire and flying debris from a pipeline explosion might severely damage nearby homes, businesses, automobiles, and other property. If a gas leak or explosion caused damage  to your home or property, you may be entitled to compensation for things like:

  • Building structural damage
  • Costs related to fixing fire and water damage
  • Furnishings and personal items that are lost or destroyed
  • Damage to your car or vehicle

You can determine what entity or entities are accountable for harm to your property with the aid of an accomplished gas explosion lawyer. Some possible parties that could be held responsible include:

  • The pipeline owners
  • The organization in charge of maintaining and inspecting the pipeline
  • Third parties like construction workers or others, if the pipeline was damaged while construction was underway

It may be difficult to identify the individual or parties at fault if a pipeline explosion damages your property. Be sure to discuss your case with one of our experienced pipeline explosion lawyers during a free consultation because there are unique federal and state restrictions that apply to these personal injury claims.

Who Can Be Responsible for a Pipeline Explosion?

A comprehensive investigation is often needed to identify the explosion's cause and those at fault. To fully comprehend the circumstances of the event, this may entail hiring specialists to reconstruct the explosion. Your pipeline accident lawyer knows the best experts to help with this, and they can file a lawsuit against the parties at fault once they have determined what caused the oil and gas explosion. Some of the responsible parties that you may file suit against could include:

  • Gas or propane company
  • The company that owns the rig
  • Contractor or subcontractor
  • Maintenance and installation businesses
  • Landlord
  • Owner of the property
  • A local, regional, or state administration

Dallas-based Atmos Energy is a natural gas provider. Its headquarters are in Dallas, and it provides natural gas to residents of eight states: Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, Kansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In recent years, the company has been made to pay families who had lost loved ones after it was found that the company failed to detect leaks in the lead-up to a fatal explosion. The company was made to pay a record-breaking $1.6 million in one case. While your accident may not have been directly caused by an energy company, this recent verdict shows how much you may be able to obtain in your case depending on who is liable. Contact a personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one was seriously injured in an oil and gas accident.

Contact a Pipeline Explosion Accident Lawyer

Working near natural gas and oil pipelines requires extreme caution because they always carry a certain amount of risk. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you or a loved one was hurt in a natural gas or oil pipeline explosion while acting as a bystander, resident, pipeline worker, or construction worker. Consultation with an experienced pipeline explosion lawyer is needed to make sure that your rights are secured. Burg Simpson has years of helping victims of serious pipeline explosions.

Contact our offices today at 888-895-2080 to discuss your case with a pipeline explosion accident lawyer.

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