Natural gas, which is used in providing heat and hot water, can be very dangerous, especially if the gas delivery system is not adequately maintained or kept in good repair. This danger has become all too apparent in recent years and most recently, two buildings in East Harlem were destroyed, and natural gas is the suspected cause of the explosion that destroyed the two buildings. The survivors might need legal assistance from an NYC accident lawyer.
Natural Gas Explosion In New York City
Investigators have suspected that the blast, which killed eight people, wounded fifty and flattened two five story buildings at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, was caused by a natural gas leak. Investigators reached that conclusion because the ground on which the two East Harlem buildings once stood was saturated with natural gas, in some cases at a 20% concentration, which suggests that the 125 year old natural gas line, which supplied the two buildings, was leaking.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the soil 18 to 24 inches down into the ground in New York City should have zero concentration of natural gas. The high concentration of natural gas found in the soil supports the hypothesis that the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak. A Con Edison spokesperson stated that the cast iron pipe that was suspected of leaking gas was last repaired in 2004. Con Edison also stated that they had received multiple reports from residents who had been smelling gas for weeks, but Con Edison had recently checked the gas line and did not find any leaks.
Life is hard enough without having to worry about being blown up in your own home as a result of a faulty or defective gas line. If you or a loved one is injured or killed as the result of such an accident, then you should talk to an NYC accident lawyer. The law firm of Lipsig Shapey Manus & Moverman has the tenacity, skill and experience to ensure that you are compensated for your loss.
The firm’s attorneys frequently obtain multimillion dollar verdicts for their clients as the result of an actor, municipality or company’s negligence and the firm is well equipped and has a proven track record of success in obtaining compensation for its’ clients.
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Whether obtaining a 50 million ($50,000,000) dollar verdict for a young child who developed severe brain damage as a result of lead poisoning, obtaining a nine million five hundred thousand ($9,500,000) dollar personally injury verdict for a woman who was killed as a result of a defectively designed seat belt during a low speed collision at Bronx intersection or obtaining a nine million three hundred thousand ($9,300,000) dollar verdict for a 29 year old man who lost his left arm and suffered an open skull fracture as the result of being struck by a subway train.
The above examples clearly demonstrate the capability and competency of the NYC accident lawyers at Lipsig Shapey and Moverman and prove that they achieve justice and results for their clients.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Con Edison’s negligence or in any other type of accident resulting from another’s negligence, call the law firm of Lipsig, Shapey Manus & Moverman for a free consultation. Click here now to contact the law firm and find out whether you have the grounds to make a claim at no cost to you.
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