You may enjoy watching television crime shows and not even give a second thought to when an explosion occurs as part of the action. However, in real life, when explosions occur, people’s lives are changed – often forever. You may suffer serious burns from an explosion. You may suffer a traumatic brain injury or lose a limb. Sometimes, people die in accidental blasts.
Getting help after suffering an injury in a blast
If you suffer a serious injury or lose a loved one in an explosion, you need to consult a personal injury attorney. Your injury or your loved one’s death could be the result of someone else’s negligence. You could file a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation for the catastrophic injuries you suffered or file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one in a blast.
Columbus attorneys Dan Abraham and David Shroyer of Colley, Shroyer & Abraham both have extensive experience getting victims of explosions money to compensate for their serious injuries. In a 2019, Shroyer helped Lisa Nouanesengsy receive $60 million in damages from Columbia Gas of Ohio and C.J. Hughes, a contractor, for burns she received in an apartment explosion. The explosion happened when she lit a candle, igniting gas that had leaked into her apartment.
After the explosion, investigators found the reason for the explosion was a faulty gas pipe, which C.J. Hughes had not identified as going into her room while he was completing inspections for Columbia Gas in the summer of 2014.
Abraham won a $22 million class-action lawsuit against Georgia Pacific after a plant explosion in Columbus, which injured neighborhood residents, caused property damage and increased air and ground pollution in the area. He also won a civil litigation suit after a home gas leak killed a woman and her children in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Injuries suffered in vehicle accident explosions
Shroyer and Abraham also have represented those injured from vehicle and truck explosions. Right now, Abraham is handling a case from a hydrocarbon tanker truck explosion in Lancaster, Ohio in 2018. The tanker exploded when it was inside a workshop building, destroying the building and injuring two people. Many drivers don’t realize how common explosions and fires are when they are involved in a crash with a tanker truck. If tanker trucks are carrying flammable materials, an explosion can happen minutes after a crash.
Suffering devastating injuries because of an explosion can be life-altering. If this happens to you, you need to take the time to seek legal help. You have a right to receive compensation if your injuries or your loved one’s death was the result of someone else’s negligence.