Sadly, home explosions sometimes occur in which people are killed. Careful investigations of cause can be very important when it comes to fatal home explosions. Many different things can lead to home explosions occurring, including: fuel leaks, chemical reactions, defective electrical equipment and misconduct by gas/energy workers or companies. What legal options the family of a person killed in a Massachusetts home explosion has can very quite a bit depending on what an explosion’s cause was. Personal injury attorneys can look into the circumstances around a fatal explosion for the families of victims and can explore potential options for seeking relief.
Recently, a lawsuit was brought in another state in relation to a fatal home explosion.
On June 11, 2013 a home in Texas exploded. A 65-year-old woman who was a resident of the home, her 55-year-old sister-in-law and the sister-in-law’s young grandson were at the house at the time of the explosion. The two women were fatally injured in the explosion and the young boy suffered serious burn injuries.
The family of the victims is suing a propane company, alleging that certain failures by the company led to the explosion. Purportedly, on multiple occasions, employees of the company failed to perform a leak test required by Texas law when visiting the home in relation to a propane tank on the property. The most recent occurrence of this purported failure was during a visit an employee made to the home the day before the explosion to refill the tank.
The family says that there was a leak and that it resulted in over half of the tank’s contents leaking out from lines after the above-mentioned refill. According to the family, it was this leaked propane that caused the explosion.
Source: KHOU, “Family files lawsuit over deadly explosion,” Kevin Reece, Feb. 28, 2014