Miami Propane Grill Explosions Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
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We take the burden off you by collecting and preserving evidence.
We work with the proper experts and organize early tank testing.
We determine what companies can be held legally responsible.
We help you gather witness names and contact information.
We deal with insurance companies and legal issues.
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Sean M. Cleary
Injuries Following Unodorized Propane Grill Explosion in Florida
In Florida, we enjoy summer weather year-round. We, therefore, love our barbecues. Unfortunately, the propane grills and tanks we commonly use have the potential for leading to explosions that can cause severe burns, disfigurement, and even death. According to the latest National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) “Home Grill Fires” report, an average of 10,600 outdoor fires per year involves grills, hibachis, or barbecues. The NFPA reports that leaks or breaks are the prime problems for gas grills, causing 22% of outside gas grill fires. Almost half of all injuries associated with grills or barbecues involve burns to the skin. A common cause for undetected leaks is improper odorization. In cases like this, our catastrophic injury lawyer can provide skilled legal help.
Propane, one of the most common gases used for BBQ grills, is naturally odorless, invisible, and extremely flammable. If propane gas leaks out, a spark can easily ignite it. For safety, federal law requires providers to add to the gas ethyl mercaptan, a chemical that has an odor similar to the smells of rotten eggs and manure. The smell is a warning that gas is escaping - maybe the only sign of the problem - and that you need to take steps to prevent an explosion.
If you did not smell gas before an explosion, one thing we investigate is whether propane was improperly odorized or there was odor fade. For example:
The incorrect amount of chemical odorant was added. Mistakes in the process of odorizing the gas happen and gas companies have been taken to court over reportedly undetectable propane leaks.
Odor fade is a common risk with new tanks. The smell created by ethyl mercaptan can fade. To reduce this risk, companies are required to train their employees who fill these tanks to take steps to prevent odor fade.
Other common causes for barbecue gas grill explosions and fire include the following:
Venting. This refers to the propane tank releasing some gas through the safety valve as the pressure inside the tank increases. The gas can build up over time, for example, in the cabinet underneath a grill. This can lead to an extremely hazardous situation.
Faulty gas tanks. Gas tanks can fail due to a defect in design or manufacturing.
Faulty gas regulators. This is a piece commonly attached to the propane tank. A defective regulator can lead to an explosion.
Faulty connectors and hoses. These components are meant to transport gas safely from the tank to the grill’s burners. Any defect in hoses and connectors can lead to a gas leak.
Who Is Liable in a Propane Barbecue Grill Accident?
Propane grills can be dangerous before and during use, even when in storage. When a propane grill explosion was a result of a failure of the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the propane, they can be held liable for your injuries.
For example, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers can be held liable when they:
Made or sold products after a failure to odorize the propane
Made or sold propane tanks that were not correctly prepared or filled
Made or sold products with improper or missing labeling
Made or sold tanks, valves, or other products with defective designs
Failed to inspect the tank equipment during production
Made or sold products that were not assembled correctly
Made or sold tanks that had defective gas connectors
For a successful lawsuit, through your personal injury attorney, you would need to prove that a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer was negligent, at fault, and legally responsible for the explosion. If you’ve been injured or lost someone to a propane gas grill explosion, we can help.
Shrapnel injuries when the explosion launches debris into the air
Injuries that are so severe that death is the result
In a propane injury lawsuit settlement, as a victim of a propane explosion, you may be entitled to recovery for both current and future monetary losses and the less tangible, non-economic damages you have suffered:
Medical, hospitalization, prescription, and rehabilitation costs
Lost wages and future loss of income
Pain and suffering and loss of consortium
Be aware that Florida's statute of limitations requires that many personal injury and product liability cases be filed within two years from the date of the accident that led to the injury. For the exact statute of limitations and deadlines that apply to your claim, you must speak directly with an attorney. If you fail to make this deadline, the chances are your case will not be able to be heard in court. Thus, it’s important to talk to a product liability lawyer about your injuries as soon as possible.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Propane Grill Explosion Case?
If you were injured in Florida in an explosion caused by unodorized gas or defective tanks, you might have grounds for an injury lawsuit or a product liability case. When a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer makes or sells a dangerous product, they are responsible if you are injured as a result.
You can file a wrongful death action if a family member is killed due to a defective barbecue grill. Also, a lawsuit may be warranted when the propane explosion was caused by someone else's negligence. The propane explosion and injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will thoroughly analyze the facts of your case.
We have over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been injured in Florida. We can help by investigating your accident and gathering evidence. Settlements can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and the degree of fault involved.
We can negotiate with insurance companies for the total amount of insurance money available. Settlement amounts may also depend on factors such as the number of companies that may be liable, and the insurance coverage these companies have.
We will help you by building a strong case on your behalf and providing guidance through this challenging time, so you can focus on recovering.