Massachusetts Gas Explosion Attorneys
Over a Dozen Injured & One Killed in Merrimack Valley Explosions
On Thursday, September 13, tragedy struck three communities in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts when multiple gas-related explosions and fires ripped through the towns. The incident not only destroyed dozens of structures--homes and businesses alike—in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, but killed at least one individual and left more than a dozen individuals in the hospital.
Lawrence Hospital reported that at least one person was transferred to a Boston hospital and two required surgery. Injuries were said to range from smoke inhalation to traumatic blast injuries.
Although it is too early for the cause to be officially determined, it is believed the blasts may be tied to Columbia Gas activity. The company had released a statement that same day regarding upgrades that they would be making to their natural gas lines statewide; National Grid later stated they'd be cutting off electricity to affected areas.
All three communities were included in that project.
Nationwide Explosion Lawyers
Explosions are as traumatic as an earthquake or hurricane, but unlike natural disasters, explosions are preventable. We’ve found that explosions are not the result of freak accidents—they’re the result of someone’s decision to value speed or profit over safety. The 2005 BP Texas City refinery explosion, the 2013 William Olefins explosion in Geismar, and the 2014 Georgia-Pacific plywood plant explosion were all caused by conditions that company owners knew about and refused to act on. Thousands of people have been injured by decisions like these.
In each of those cases, Arnold & Itkin helped our clients secure justice and financial support:
- $18.5 and $15.4 million verdicts for workers from the Geismar plant.
- $39.7 million for the victim of the plywood plant explosion.
- Billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements total for victims of negligence.
Arnold & Itkin has investigated some of the largest explosions in recent history, holding companies accountable to the people they hurt. Our work has helped our clients get answers about why they were injured, what their employer could have done to prevent it, and how to make sure it never happens again. Most importantly, our work has helped our clients rebuild their lives by demanding compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We've allowed thousands of individuals to face the future with hope.
Gas Explosion FAQ
Why do gas lines explode? Is it safe to live near a gas pipeline?
There are over 2.5 million miles of pipeline buried throughout the country. While the chances of a pipeline leaking and exploding are very low, when a gas explosion does occur, it is likely to cause catastrophic harm to any building or person in the area. Natural gas pipelines may explode as a result of carelessness, aging pipes and equipment, negligence, and a failure to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines regarding gas pipeline workplace safety. Gas explosions can also occur if a line is struck by heavy equipment during excavation.
How many people have been injured by gas explosions in the U.S.?
From January 2010 to November 2018, fossil fuel pipelines in the United States have been responsible for nearly 600 injuries and over 125 deaths, according to an analysis by the FracTracker Alliance. These oil and gas pipelines caused more than 800 fires and nearly 300 explosions, amounting to over $4 billion in damages and nearly 30,000 people who had to be evacuated. One of the interesting things that this analysis found was that older pipelines had fewer incidents than newer ones. Pipelines less than 10 years old had more incidents than any other age range of pipelines, and the older the pipelines, the fewer the incidents.
What should I do if I was injured or my property was damaged from a gas leak?
If a gas leak or natural gas explosion damaged your home or business or caused you or your family harm, talk to an attorney about your right to hold the gas company or other party accountable. The cost of repairing your home, all of your medical bills, and any other losses or injuries you’ve experienced should be covered by the company that’s responsible for the leak or explosion. These are complex cases and you’ll be going up against a large corporation, but at Arnold & Itkin we have the power, the drive, and the determination to succeed in seeing justice served. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!
The Nation's Top Lawyers for the Victims of Catastrophic Explosions
At Arnold & Itkin, our Massachusetts gas explosion lawyers have been there to stand with individuals and families in the wake of catastrophic incidents. From the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon to countless plant explosions, our trial attorneys are known nationwide for our commitment to helping survivors recover and rebuild their lives. We have helped families nationwide, winning billions, and are passionate about pursuing justice for those who have suffered unspeakable tragedies caused by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of a third party.
We have been there to help families affected by tragedies such as what occurred in Massachusetts, and our hearts go out to those who were affected. We believe you deserve to have you and your family's rights protected.
If you would like to speak to a gas explosion lawyer from our firm about what happened, what options you have available to you, and next steps you can take, contact us immediately.