Two Injured in Gas Explosion at House in Henderson Street, Levenshulme

On 14 April a man and a woman were hospitalised after a gas explosion in their house in Levenshulme.  Luckily the damage was confined to one house, and the pair escaped without serious injury.  Three fire crews were called to the explosion and Transco, the gas supplier, were soon on the scene to turn off the gas supply.

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Gas leaks and explosions are less common than they used to be, but they still happen.  Only last November a blast in Irlam, Salford put 15 people, including 5 children, in hospital.  Damage from a gas explosion can be catastrophic, and can leave houses and property destroyed, or people severely injured.

Can I claim financial compensation for a gas explosion?

It depends on whose fault the explosion is, and whether any damage was caused.  If you were not at fault and you suffered damage, either physically, psychologically or financially, then you may have a claim for compensation.

Who will pay me damages for a gas explosion?

You may have home and contents insurance which will pay out for any ruined property, injury or damage to your home.  If you have a gas explosion which causes damage, you should notify your insurance company immediately.  They will normally have a separate claims department where you can make a claim without stress.

If the damage is caused by a fault of the gas supplier or a gas engineer, you may have a claim against them.  It can be difficult dealing with a corporate entity with its own lawyers and deep pockets.  For this reason you should seek legal help immediately.

Why am I entitled to financial compensation for an accident involving a gas explosion?

Because gas is potentially dangerous, suppliers and engineers are strictly regulated by law.  Engineers must have qualifications and must abide by certain professional standards.  If they fall below that standard and do work which goes on to cause injury, then they have been negligent.  You should not have to suffer for the faults of others.

What should I do if I have suffered a gas explosion?

  1. Collect any reports made by the police, fire brigade and any other expert.  If you have contacted an insurance company they will normally send a claims assessor to gauge how much damage has been caused.
  2. Keep receipts of anything you have had to pay for as a result of the accident.  You will be able to claim for all damaged items and any expenses incurred, such as travel to and from the hospital, medical fees and lost earnings if you have to take time off work.
  3. Ensure you see a medical professional to assess your injuries, and in particular the likely effect they may have on the rest of your life.

Claiming compensation is often a stressful experience.  Call us at Manners Pimblett and our specialist personal injury lawyers can advise you whether you can make a claim.

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