Seven months ago, an explosion caused by what was believed to be a leak in a natural gas pipeline in Birmingham, Alabama destroyed an apartment building, killing one woman and injuring eight more. According to court documents, eight gas explosion lawsuits have been filed during an ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. However, the lawsuits have seen slow progress pending the conclusion of the agency’s investigation. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about filing a gas explosion lawsuit in Alabama after you were injured or a loved one was killed, please contact Attorney Group for Alabama today for a free case evaluation.
Gas Explosions Lawsuits Pending During NTSB Investigation
Although the NTSB is still looking into the possible causes of the explosion, investigators previously stated that a natural gas pipe leak might have been to blame and that the investigation could take as long as one year. Between January 2014 and March 2014, Alagasco replaced the pipelines that ran throughout the apartment community.
The family of a person killed in the December 17, 2013 explosion filed a wrongful death lawsuit several weeks after the incident. According to the gas explosion lawsuit, the family accuses Alagasco of neglecting to properly maintain the cast iron distribution lines. The suit goes on to state that the pipes were at least 62 years old and that the company should have taken adequate steps to prevent or reduce the risk of an explosion. The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District in charge of the apartment complex has also been named in the wrongful death lawsuit.
The decedent’s soon-to-be mother-in-law also filed a lawsuit against the gas company and housing authority, and a family who lived near the gas explosion site filed a lawsuit in December 2013. However, since the NTSB has not yet finished its investigation, the pending claims have been slow to proceed. Those who have been injured or killed in a gas line explosion in Alabama may consider seeking legal representation to learn more about their legal options. Gas line companies, property owners and other individuals have the responsibility to ensure that gas lines are adequately maintained and replaced when needed to reduce the likelihood of a gas can explosion. Should they fail to do so, they could potentially be held responsible for any injuries or damages sustained by individuals on the property.
Considering Filing a Gas Explosion Lawsuit in Alabama?
Attorney Group for Alabama provides free, comprehensive case evaluations to individuals who have been injured by gas explosions in Alabama. We can help answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated Alabama gas explosion lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.