Who to Sue After House Fire?

The results of a propane explosion can be disastrous and can cause severe damage to property and those who are in the vicinity. At Carabin Shaw Law Firm we stand ready to help you get your lives back together. Call us today at 1.800.862.1260

Below are some of the frequently asked questions.

How Much Will This Cost Me?

You will not need to pay us unless we win your case if you hire our explosion lawyers to represent you. We have the resources to cover the bill until we win money for you because of our success as a firm. House explosions are generally caused by gas leaks from a propane tank, natural gas line or appliance.

What if the Explosion was Caused by a Recalled Product?

Many gas appliances are recalled. Certain products sold under the following brands have been recalled: Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, Electrolux, Wolf, Maytag, Thermadore, Amana, Magic Chef, and Tappan. You can find recall information on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

When a house fire or explosion is caused by a recalled product, we need to make sure we have solid evidence that the will convince a jury that the recalled product was indeed the cause. In some cases it is possible that a manufacturer can be liable even if the product was only partially at fault for the wrongful death or personal injury.

In most lawsuits involving a recalled product have 3 separate claims for compensation: strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty. If you or someone you know has been injured because of these, call the skilled attorneys at Carabin Shaw Law Firm today.

“Negligence” means doing something carelessly. For example, if the company should have used a specific screw on the product to make it safe and they unintentionally did not, that is negligence.

“Strict liability” means the manufacturer has to compensate you because they sold a dangerous or defective product that injured you. You will not need to prove that the company intentionally or negligently sold the product.

“Breach of Warranty” is a theory of liability based on contract law. It states that a company warrants that products sold are fit for use. It is not fit for the intended use if the product is defective and the warranty is breached.. If you have questions, you can call us at 1.800.862.1260 and talk to our team today.

Who Can I Sue after a House Explosion?

In every case, one of the most important issues is who is “liable” (who can be sued). The answer depends on the facts of the case. Liable parties could be one or more of the following:

  • company that installed the propane tank,
  • landlord
  • company that was supposed to fix or maintain the tank,
  • manufacturer of the tank and/or a specific defective part.
  • company that added propane to the tank,

Finding all of the liable parties can be difficult. We look at the following to determine who to sue:

  • gas company (corporate documents need to be looked at to determine if there is also a liable parent company);
  • landlord (usually a company, even if owned by one person);
  • totally unrelated company or government (city, county, state) that punctures the line.
  • construction contractor and/or subcontractor (in most cases, these lines are installed with the help of companies that are not legally related to the gas company);

The important thing is to make sure all of the liable parties are sued because that will help ensure you get all of the compensation you deserve under the law.

When the investigation points to a gas appliance as the cause of the explosion, liable parties may include one or more of the following:

  • company that recently “fixed” the appliance;
  • manufacturer of the appliance.
  • landlord (old appliance or poorly maintained appliance);

It may be possible for you to sue for a house explosion if our lawyers, at Carabin Shaw Law Firm, can find evidence against a landlord, gas company, propane business or another company that supports your claim. Call our team today for more information.

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