Hurt in a Pipeline Explosion in Texas?
Our Pipeline Explosion Lawyer Is Ready to Fight for You
Texas houses the nation’s largest pipeline infrastructure, containing about 17 percent of the nation’s pipelines. These pipelines transport natural gas and hazardous liquids throughout the United States. While positive for the Texas economy, pipelines pose risks for workers and nearby residents. If you have been affected by a pipeline explosion, our Houston pipeline explosion lawyer is here to discuss your legal options.
What Are Common Causes of Pipeline Explosions in Texas?
Causes of pipeline explosions may include:
- Improper installation and repairs
- Aging infrastructure and poor maintenance
- Mechanical damages
Improper Installation and Repairs
If a pipeline is installed improperly or improperly repaired, it could be more susceptible to cracking, leaking, corrosion and failure. There are strict regulations in place for pipeline installation and repairs. Unfortunately, when individuals and companies fail to adhere to safety regulations, pipelines can explode and cause catastrophic injury and loss.
A few examples of improper installation and repairs may include:
- Improper welding
- Defective products, such as defective pipelines, valves or joints
- Failure to respond to a gas leak
Aging Infrastructure and Poor Maintenance
Some sections of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure were installed in the early 1900s. These pipelines were constructed of cast and wrought iron and pose the highest risk for failure.
According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), only 22 states have completely eliminated cast or wrought iron natural gas pipelines. Texas is not one of these states.
Texas also has bare steel pipelines in service. These pipelines do not have protective outer coatings to seal them. This makes them more susceptible to the elements and corrosion.
Pipelines need repairs and replacement over time. Moisture, chemicals and age can lead to corrosion which can lead to leaks and cracks in pipelines.
Every year, many pipeline incidents occur due to excavation, or digging and demolition work. Though typically placed through fields and hills, pipelines do run by residences and businesses too. You can use PHMSA’s viewer to see if there are pipelines near your property.
Construction workers and property owners must call 811 before digging. Then, the utility company must send an operator to mark any underground pipelines. If an accident still occurs, then the excavation party or utility company could be liable for damages.
Can I Pursue Damages After a Pipeline Accident?
When accidents happen, pipeline explosions can cause catastrophic injuries and death. You may have a viable claim to pursue compensatory damages. Damages may include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Pipeline Explosion Accident?
To form a case, you must know the source and cause of the explosion that caused your damages. Determining liability is a complex process. It may require hiring mechanical and chemical engineers to serve as expert witnesses.
Our pipeline explosion lawyer can help you:
- Identify the cause of the explosion
- Determine the responsible party or parties
- Gather evidence for your claim
- Fight for your right to compensation
Gas and pipeline companies are often represented by some of the largest law firms in the United States. You need someone on your side to fight against these companies.
Speak With Our Houston Pipeline Injury Attorney After a Pipeline Explosion
If you have suffered damages from a pipeline explosion, please call us as soon as possible. Our Houston pipeline explosion lawyer is prepared to do everything possible to help maximize your compensation.
Do not allow the gas company to treat your case as collateral damage! Allow our firm to fight for the money you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC today. Call us at (832) 225-4902 or fill out our case evaluation form and we will be in touch with you soon.
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