The lives of many families are permanently altered every year when businesses, public entities and individuals disregard safety standards resulting in catastrophic accidents. Gas explosions are generally the result of negligent conduct either in causing the gas leak or providing the source of ignition. Gas pipelines should be leak-proof.
By now I’m sure you’ve read about the explosion that recently leveled two New York City buildings, located near Central Park in East Harlem.
An explosion level 2 in an apartment building caused by a gas leak has now altered the lives of all the families who of the injured and diseased, and a property owner is liable for all the damages resulting from this explosion.
Reports indicate that a gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. At least three of the injured were children, one, a 15-year old boy, was reported in critical condition with burns, broken bones and internal injuries.
According to one of the tenants, residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about “unbearable gas smells.”
After firefighters worked all day to douse the flames, rescue workers were able to begin their search for victims amid the broken bricks, splintered wood and mangled metal. A mountain of debris was left where the two buildings stood. Some parts of the debris pile were inaccessible because of a sinkhole caused by a subsurface water main break.
In addition, the explosion shattered windows a block away, shattering debris onto elevated commuter railroad tracks close by, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.
Gas explosions can be the result of gas leaks from propane tanks installed to provide heat to homes and apartment buildings. Common causes of gas explosions include:
- Faulty seals, connectors, valves and seals
- Inadequate warnings or labeling
- Theft of copper wiring or piping
- Installation that violates building or safety codes or standards
If you or someone you love has suffered severe burns, other injuries or wrongful death in a gas explosion, contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We are committed to obtaining the compensation that injury victims need to rebuild their lives after suffering serious injury or the loss of a loved one.
The investigation after the accident is the most crucial, and if the property owner’s negligent actions, faulty maintenance resulted in the loss of your loved one, severe injuries our attorneys are dedicated and will ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
We have offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City for your convenience. We look forward to assisting you with your legal needs. You can reach us by phone or online by submitting our contact form.