Natural gas leaks are becoming commonplace in aging urban underground pipe networks, which can present a real danger to occupants of homes and businesses. In fact, according to a 2014 study, leaks and explosions involving natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines in the U.S. cause an average of 17 fatalities, 68 injuries and $133 million in property damage annually.
In 2016 alone, there have been a number of incidents across the U.S. In May, a natural gas pipeline explosion in Western Pennsylvania severely injured a man, damaged two homes, charred trees and melted a road. Closer to home, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa home was completely destroyed by a natural gas leak explosion last month, injuring a woman.
The onus is on the utility companies to update corroded pipes to prevent future accidents. However, the costs for replacing or improving lines is prohibitive so efforts tend to move along at a snail’s pace. Unfortunately for some, updates to the aging infrastructure across the nation may come too late to prevent property loss, injury and death.
Iowans may fall victim to natural gas leak and propane gas leak explosions and fires. A number of gas explosions have been traced back to negligence on the part of the gas company, filling service, appliance installers and other professionals, which oftentimes results in litigation in order to compensate those injured.
If you or a family member has been injured in a gas explosion injury at home or at work, contact the Iowa personal injury attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help. Our workers’ compensation lawyers help injured workers receive the compensation they need when they cannot work. For those injured as a result of negligence of others, our personal injury team can fight for reimbursement of medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or other damages you are entitled to.