Propane Tank Accident Lawyer
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Millions of Americans rely on propane as their major source of fuel, and many more take advantage of the easy availability of propane gas cylinders to fire up their barbecues. It is estimated that nearly three quarters of the population owns a propane fuelled gas grill. You may think that such a widely available, everyday product would be safe for consumers to use; sadly, negligence on the behalf of manufacturers and installers means consumers may find themselves at risk.
The Risks of Propane Tanks
In order to prevent the propane within the tank from expanding dangerously if it becomes warm, propane tank manufacturers incorporate a pressure release valve that opens to expel a small amount of gas and restore the internal pressure to a safe level. This process, known as “venting,” should be safe, and the consumer will notice that gas is escaping due to the recognizable ‘rotten egg’ smell that comes from an additive in the gas. However, this additive may, in time, lose its distinctive smell, leaving the consumer unaware of the presence of gas. In a confined area, or near an open flame or other heat source, this can have dramatic—and deadly-- consequences.
A propane tank explosion can ravage your home within minutes, and the fierce fire may leave you permanently scarred physically and psychologically. Even qualified technicians who come to your home to install or service your propane tank may overlook vital work to be done on valves and pipes, leading to an undetected and dangerous leak that can have life changing consequences.
Counting the Cost
Propane tank explosions are a terrifying experience. Your home and its contents may be destroyed and you and your loved ones may suffer catastrophic injuries. Even worse, this type of accident may have been prevented if only the propane gas manufacturers and suppliers had taken their duty more seriously. The physical damage, psychological impact on the whole family and financial worries can turn life into a nightmare.
Fortunately, compensation can sometimes be claimed for a propane explosion that results in injury or death, and this can help you to begin rebuilding your life, easing the pressure at this difficult time.
An experienced propane tank accident attorney in your area will begin by investigating the causes of your injury thoroughly, working closely with experts in the area. This enables your legal team to determine whether a product’s design defect, manufacture, instructions for use or lack of sufficient warning played a role in your injury. Your lawyer may also want to determine whether any agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the FDA, or OSHA issued warnings related to the problems you experienced with your propane tank.
Accidents involving defective or unsafe products can result in serious, life-altering injuries. For this reason, if you or a loved one has been hurt in a propane tank explosion, please contact us as soon as possible to find an experienced product liability attorney in your area.