In 2013, two explosions in Maine, both of which leveled houses and could be felt miles away, put the public spotlight on the destructive potential of propane (LP gas).
While propane and natural gas are generally safe fuels for home and commercial heating and other applications, leaks and explosions have been on the rise in Maine and around the nation as the popularity of these fuels increases.
Gas and propane explosions can be the result of improper venting, defective gas connectors and control valves, leaking pipes, hoses and tanks, faulty installation, negligent maintenance, and other causes. Faulty propane tanks, gas meters, and barbecue grills are also common sources of explosions.
We have been holding corporations accountable and standing up for injured Mainers for more than 100 years. No other firm will work harder, and none can match the experience, expertise, and resources of Berman & Simmons.
Gas and explosion cases require the best and most experienced lawyers
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. We have recovered $1.35 billion for our injured clients.
Our defective products attorneys handle all types of injury claims resulting from gas and propane explosions, with a particular focus on serious injury and wrongful death. Combining state-of-the-art legal methods and technology with old-fashioned tenacity, we’re proud to be the law firm that insurance companies and defense attorneys in Maine don’t want to face.
More resources than any other personal injury firm in Maine
We regularly work with the top medical experts, engineers, accident reconstruction specialists, investigators, and other consultants in Maine and nationwide, to help build and present a winning case. These efforts can be critical in proving negligence and determining the extent of your losses so that you can be fully compensated not just for the short-term, but for your future as well.
We are also the leaders in Maine in the use of technology in the courtroom, including anatomical and computer models and dynamic presentation of studies such as MRI and CT scans. We produce professional videos to help us show the true impact of the explosion on you and your family. This allows us to present complex evidence in a straightforward way that judges, jurors, and insurance companies can easily understand.
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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.
Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.
Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.
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It never hurts to consult an attorney regardless of whether you decide to move forward.
Many states have strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims.
The other insurance company is likely already building their client’s case against you.
Witnesses may become unavailable and evidence may be lost or degraded with time.
You’ll need help navigating your medical care and dealing with financial pressures.
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What causes gas and propane explosions?
Common causes of gas explosions include faulty venting or installation, defective gas connectors or valves, leaking pipes (or hoses and tanks), and improper maintenance.
What are the most common sources of gas explosions?
Common sources of gas explosions include propane tanks, gas meters, and barbecue grills.
How many gas and propane explosions happen every year?
There are about 280 “serious” gas explosions every year, meaning that the explosions caused serious injuries, loss of life, or over $50,000 worth of damage. In addition, an average of 15 people died from gas explosions between 1998-2017.