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If you or your loved ones have been injured in a gas explosion or fire caused by the negligence of a company or individual, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. In addition to physical injuries and burns, gas leak fires can also cause emotional distress and property damage.

The burn injury lawyers at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers, have experience handling natural gas explosion injuries, propane tank fire injuries, and more in Chicago. Our team of dedicated gas leak fire attorneys will fight for your rights and work tirelessly to recover compensation you deserve.

What Causes Gas Leaks in Chicago?

Factors that can contribute to gas leaks in the city of Chicago include:

  • Poorly maintained gas pipelines: Over time, an underground pipeline can become corroded or damaged, leading to natural gas leaks and, potentially, natural gas explosions.
  • Construction accidents: A gas line can be damaged during construction, either by heavy machinery or workers accidentally hitting the line.
  • Aging infrastructure: Many cities, including Chicago, have old infrastructure that is susceptible to leaks and other issues.

The Dangers of Gas Leaks

Gas leaks can have serious consequences for both individuals and communities. Some of the potential natural gas leak dangers include:

  • Explosions: When gas leaks come into contact with an ignition source or static electricity, they can quickly ignite, explode and cause serious injuries.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning: Gas leaks can release carbon monoxide into the air, which can be lethal if inhaled in large amounts.
  • Fire hazards: Even small gas leaks can increase the risk of fire in a home or building.

Gas Leak Incidents in Chicago

  • In July 2020, a West Ridge gas pipeline explosion caused severe burn injuries and considerable property damage.
  • A corroded pipeline in Humboldt Park resulted in a gas leak and consequent evacuation in February 2021.
  • September 2022 saw a gas leak in a South Side school, leading to carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms in many children and staff.
  • In May 2023, a Lincoln Park residential building caught fire triggered by a gas leak.

Safety Tips for Natural Gas

Natural gas is safe when used properly, so be sure to follow these tips to keep gas fires safe and prevent accidents:

  • Install and maintain at least one carbon monoxide detector on each floor of a home or business.
  • Never use your oven or range for heating a home.
  • Confirm your gas range flames are crisp, quiet, and blue. Yellow flames indicate need for adjustment.
  • Clean range tops by washing burners with water and mild detergent.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher in a kitchen.
  • Clean or replace air filters in heating systems at least annually.
  • Keep chimney flues and appliance vents clean and in good repair.
  • Have a qualified contractor inspect furnaces, vents, appliance connectors, and chimneys for corrosion and blockages at least every other year.
  • Keep areas around furnaces and water heaters clean and free of clutter and flammable liquids.
  • Keep gas meters free of debris, snow, ice, vegetation and other obstructions.
  • Call 811 or the local utility locating service at least three days before you plan to dig.

How Do I Detect Leaks of Natural Gasses?

Detecting a gas leak involves identifying signs such as a sulfuric, rotten egg smell, a hissing noise, discolored vegetation, or physical symptoms like dizziness.

What Should I Do If I Smell Gas?

What Should I Do If I Smell Gas?

According to the City of Chicago, if you detect a leak:

DO

  • Exit the building or area.
  • Warn others in the vicinity.
  • Report the gas leak to your local fire department and gas company.

DO NOT

  • Turn any electrical devices on or off.
  • Use a cell phone or flashlight.
  • Light a match or lighter.
  • Re-enter the area until professionals declare it safe.

When Can I Sue for Gas Leak Fire Injuries?

Gas explosion cases can be valid personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death cases when they are caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party. This can include utility companies, construction companies, property owners, and others who may have a duty to maintain safe conditions.

In order to have a valid case, you must be able to prove that your injuries were directly caused by the gas leak fire and that the responsible party failed to take reasonable measures to prevent or address the issue.

What Compensation May Be Available?

Victims who were severely burned in natural gas explosions, propane gas explosions, or gas tank fires may be eligible for compensation covering medical bills and expenses, loss of earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.

How Can a Chicago Gas Leak Fire Lawyer Help?

A gas explosion lawyer from The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers can make the legal process much easier for you. We can perform a detailed investigation, find important proof, talk with expert witnesses, deal with insurance companies, and build a strong case in court if needed.

We know how serious and emotionally difficult gas leak fires can be. Our main goal is to look after your best interests and make sure your legal rights are defended every step of the way.

Call Us for a Free Consultation

Our initial consultation is free of charge. Our law firm represents accident victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case. Reach out today to discuss your options.

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