Gas explosions across the country seem to be occurring at an alarming rate. Yet another fatal gas explosion occurred in Aurora, Colorado on November 16th, 2018 when workers drilling underground pathways struck buried natural gas lines at Heather Gardens, an adult living community in east suburban Denver. The deadly blast killed an 82 year old woman and leveled multiple homes.
A spokeswoman for the Aurora Fire Rescue informed The Denver Post that firefighters were at the retirement community on November 16th to investigate a gas leak when the explosion occurred.
In 2010, an article in the New York Times explained that the lack of gas pipeline management in the United States has contributed to hundreds of dangerous pipeline issues that have killed more than 60 people, and injured 230 others in the last five years. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal agency that enforces safety regulations as they relate to the transmission of natural gas, is an agency whose safety record is less than stellar. Also according to the New York Times, an examination of the agency’s safety record “pointed to numerous shortcomings” and indicated that 30 percent all enforcement cases issued between the years 2002 and 2010, remained unresolved.
Gas explosions can give rise to complicated legal personal injury claims. Working with natural gas is a dangerous activity that requires industry workers to exercise the highest possible degree of caution, care, and skill. Gas distribution utilities are also required to comply with extensive federal and state regulation. When a gas explosion occurs, it is often due to a violation of these duties by a gas utility employee or contractor.
The victims of gas explosions who have suffered a personal injury or property damage have a legal claim in these instances. But filing a lawsuit in a gas explosion case requires specific knowledge, experience, and expertise. Burg Simpson is thoroughly familiar with the federal regulations, is conversant with engineering experts about probable causes, and has the resources to bring a gas explosion case to trial.
Burg Simpson lawyers have represented many victims of gas explosions in Colorado and other states for over 40 years. If you have been the victim of a natural gas explosion, Burg Simpson can provide a free case evaluation and consultation regarding your legal rights.