Nine People Including Six Children Injured After Bronx Gas Explosion

A major gas explosion at a condominium unit in the Bronx has left nine people including six children injured. According to NBC New York, reports of the explosion on Paulding Avenue in the Bronx came in the afternoon of Feb. 18. Two people in serious condition were transported to an area hospital while six others including a firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The condos where the incident occurred are located near the corner of Poplar Street and Paulding Avenue in the Parkchester neighborhood.

NBC reports that a mother who lives in the building and her two young children were trapped on the second floor after the blast blew doors, glass and even the window guard off their home. The blast was so powerful that it launched the front door of one of the units into overhead power lines across the street. The mom ended up throwing her 6-month-old baby from the window down to a neighbor who was able to catch the child. Another neighbor then climbed a ladder to bring the mom and her 4-year-old daughter down to safety.

Gas Leak Caused Blast

Officials with the New York City Department of Buildings determined that the building is structurally stable in spite of severe damage to the interior. Residents were ordered to vacate the building. Two buildings next door also suffered damage from this explosion. Fire officials said the powerful blast appeared to have been triggered by a gas leak.

The Department of Buildings told NBC that plumbing inspectors were investigating the gas system in the building to determine how the explosion occurred. At least four families who have been displaced have been offered shelter by the American Red Cross, the report said. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific incident.

Liability Issues

While officials say this explosion was triggered by a gas leak, they are still conducting investigations and will hopefully answer a number of questions. It is important in such cases to look into precisely how or why the gas leak occurred. There are also other critical questions to ask during the course of such investigations. Who owns and/or operates the building? Was the building properly maintained? Was the leak the result of a faulty or defective pipe? Was there a dangerous condition in the building that the property owner and/or manager knew or should have known about? Did the incident occur as the result of negligence (carelessness) on the part of the utility company?

It is the responsibility of property owners and/or managers to ensure that pipes are properly inspected, repaired and maintained at all times. Worn or broken parts must be repaired or replaced promptly. Property owners and managers have a duty to ensure that their building is safe for all tenants, visitors and guests.

Victims of explosion/fire injuries can file what is known as a premises liability claim against the property owner and/or manager. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, surgery, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation as well.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire or explosion, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 49 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of assisting injured victims. One of our clients – a hot water burn victim – secured $750,000 in damages from the property owner and manager.

Our firm also obtained a $985,000 settlement out of a $1 million policy for two people who suffered smoke inhalation injuries because the homeowner did not have smoke detectors installed and the $15,000 that was left on the insurance policy was for a person that we did not represent. Another client recovered $2,500,000 due to a faulty space heater. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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