Natural Gas Explosions in East Tennessee

Natural Gas Explosions | Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Experienced Morristown Personal Injury Lawyers on Your Side

Despite its usefulness, many people are injured every year from natural gas explosions and fires. The gathering, transmission, and distribution of natural gas products holds tremendous potential for injury. A single spark or electrical short in the presence of gas can cause a devastating explosion.

If you have suffered a serious injury in a natural gas explosion due to the negligence of another party, our Morristown personal injury lawyers at The Terry Law Firm are ready to help you recover the compensation you need to cover medical bills, time off from work, pain and suffering, and more.

Some of the common causes of natural gas accidents include:

  • Failure to add an odorant to natural gas as required by law
  • Over pressurization
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Faulty installation of equipment
  • Defective transmission equipment (things like gas meters, lines, control valves, and connectors)
  • Defective appliances (water heaters/boilers, furnaces, outdoor grills, ranges, ovens, cooktops, dryers, pool heaters, and gas generators)

Liability for Natural Gas Explosions

Liability for damages attributable to a natural gas explosion may fall on several parties including gas suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers, installers, and repair technicians. For individuals and businesses who have suffered property damage or personal injury due to a natural gas explosion, an knowledgeable attorney can provide peace of mind about the numerous legal issues that may be involved, and help hold the right parties accountable.

Extensively Investigating & the Best Chance for a Positive Outcome

At The Terry Law Firm, our Morristown personal injury lawyers have a reputation for successfully representing victims of natural gas explosions and fires. We understand that such victims may need many types of treatment and rehabilitative services to deal with their injuries.

In addition to this, we understand how to extensively investigate gas fires and explosions, and give you the best chance at a positive outcome. If you or a loved one has received an injury due to a natural gas explosion, or if a loved one has suffered wrongful death due to a natural gas explosion, please take the time to discuss your case with us by calling (423) 586-5800.

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What is the Statute of Limitations in Tennessee for Personal Injury Claims?

Tennessee is very unique in that the statute of limitations in Tennessee is much shorter than in other states. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Tennessee is generally one (1) year. There are exceptions to the one (1) year statute of limitations. 

In Tennessee, one exception to the statute of limitations is the discovery rule. The statute of limitations in Tennessee does not start to run until a person knows or should have known about an injury. 

There is currently a provision in the Tennessee Code regarding extending the statute of limitations where persons have criminal charges brought against them and they caused or contributed to an injury. In these cases, it is possible that the statute of limitations may be extended to two (2) years. At this stage, there has been no ruling from the Tennessee Supreme Court on exactly how this statute should be interpreted; therefore, we recommend filing cases within one (1) year.

The statute of limitations in property damage cases in Tennessee is three (3) years and the statute of limitations for a breach of contract in Tennessee is six (6) years. It is important to note that breach of implied warranty of merchantability, which are theories that are often used in product liability cases, carries a six (6) statute of limitations.

What is a Contingency Fee?

At The Terry Law Firm, clients are welcome to come to our Morristown office, our Sevierville office, or our Greeneville office for a free consultation. This is true for virtually any type of case. 

In personal injury cases, in particular, The Terry Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis which means that The Terry Law Firm does not receive any compensation, nor are you required to pay anything, unless we are successful on your behalf. 

Our general fee in personal injury cases (like most firms) is one-third (1/3). The Terry Law Firm advances all costs and expenses in the case until the matter is resolved. If we are not successful for a client in a personal injury case, then they are not required to pay anything. 

Can The Terry Law Firm Help If I Was in an Accident in Another State?

The Terry Law Firm regularly handles cases for clients who have been involved in out-of-state accidents. We have handled cases as far west as West Texas and South Dakota. We have had cases in eastern North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. It is a regular part of The Terry Law Firm’s business to handle cases outside of Tennessee.

Handling a case outside of Tennessee does not cost the client any more than it would if we were handling a case in Tennessee. In fact, the client will likely notice very little difference in a case handled outside of the state versus one handled in the State of Tennessee.