Orwell Home Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

July 17, 2014

Last night, an Ashtabula County house explosion left one person dead and another seriously injured.  Authorities said that a gas leak was to blame for the explosion at the home in the town of Orwell.  Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a spate of Northeast Ohio home explosions, occurring only four months after a Cleveland home exploded on the city’s East Side.

Is the Gas Company Liable for House Explosions?

House explosions can occur for a number of reasons, but most often the culprit is a natural gas leak.  When a flammable gas leaks in the presence of an ignition source, the results can be deadly.  Since modern homes are basically giant ignition sources due to the presence of electricity, gas and maintenance companies must take adequate safety precautions when installing, repairing, or using gas delivery or storage equipment in and around your home.  If a gas company or fitter/plumber fails to properly install, repair or maintain gas equipment, lines, or piping and an explosion occurs, they may be liable for the personal injuries, deaths, and property damages caused by their negligence.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your House Explosion Injuries

In the aftermath of a home explosion, survivors and their families face tremendous hardships and challenges.  Too often, victims face these difficulties on their own, relying on a home insurance policy to cover their losses.  While home insurance may cover some of the costs of the damage to the victims’ home and possessions, it cannot compensate the victims for their serious injuries, the wrongful death of a loved one, the emotional turmoil of having one’s life torn apart, or the countless hours that will be spent putting one’s life back together.

The good news is that victims do not need to face these burdens on their own.  If the negligence of your gas company or repairman caused your injuries, you may be entitled to full compensation for your loss.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a gas leak explosion or other home explosion injury, contact the Ohio natural gas explosion attorneys at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free telephone consultation.

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