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Gas Explosions & Fires

Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyer

Fire and explosion lawsuits are among the most challenging to win because evidence may have burned and the legal issues are complex. This is why you need seasoned legal counsel in your corner. The attorneys of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have the experience and reputation to secure favorable verdicts and settlements for those injured by preventable explosions and fires. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, housing relocation costs, pain and suffering, and other harms.

Explosions and fires may be caused by improper maintenance of public gas utilities, faulty wiring, negligently installed gas or propane lines, failure to implement a fire safety program, or nonfunctioning smoke detectors. Such negligent maintenance or improper design can transform a small fire into a catastrophic and deadly explosion. Leaky gas lines can cause explosions and fires and pose deadly risks to people living near these lines. Landlords, gas companies, land owners, appliance and smoke detector makers, and property managers may be held liable for placing residents and tenants at unreasonable risk of harm.

Whether an explosion occurred in an apartment complex, house, industrial facility, school, or other large venue, our legal team can leverage over 90 years of combined experience and resources to determine the underlying cause, who can be held liable, and how we can help you pursue maximum financial compensation for your damages.


Our team knows these incidents can be devastating physically, financially, and emotionally. Let us help you after tragedy strikes anywhere in the DC Metro area. Call (202) 644-8303 for a FREE and prompt consultation with a lawyer. Because strict time deadlines apply to filing a claim, we recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience in order to protect your rights.


Investigating Explosions & Fires

Explosions and fires can occur in a range of settings, and may be connected to defective products or various health and safety code violations. They may also involve various factors or circumstances, including:

  • Propane or natural gas explosions
  • Defective products or appliances
  • Faulty wiring
  • Electrical fires
  • Defective smoke detectors
  • Plant explosions
  • Improper gas storage

Our lawyers can investigate an explosion to determine how negligence may have played a role in contributing to or causing an explosion. With this information, we can pursue compensation from at-fault parties, which may include utility companies, premises owners, or product manufacturers.

In addition to injuries sustained during an explosion, our team also investigates circumstances surrounding fires to ensure victims did not suffer harm as a result of a premises owner’s failure to provide proper safety equipment or enact proper procedures. This may concern:

  • Proper and accessible fire exits
  • Working fire alarms
  • Adequate fire safety program for a large apartment complex
  • Firefighting equipment, such as extinguishers

Compensation for Victims & Families

Explosions are almost always unexpected and usually indicate that someone or a corporation was careless. For example, gas explosions may be caused by slow, silent gas leaks and some type of ignition source. Because they typically have no warning, victims often have no form of protection against sudden combustions. As a result, victims commonly suffer severe burns, catastrophic injuries, and in some cases wrongful death. In other cases, victims may smell gas before the explosion and complain to their property manager who fails to act until an explosion occurs.

Our attorneys have the expertise to guide victims and families through their legal journeys and toward the compensation they need to cover damages that may include:

  • Medical bills and future medical expenses
  • Costs to relocate to new housing
  • Lost work wages and future earnings
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional injuries
  • Loss of quality of life / loss of companionship

Local Fires and Explosions

  • August 11, 2016: fire and explosion in Silver Spring, Maryland at the Flower Branch Apartment Community injures more than 30, kills 7
  • Apr 24, 2016: 1 injured in Leisure World, Maryland apartment fire
  • March 28, 2016: 3 injured, including firefighter in NE DC apartment fire
  • Jun 5, 2014: NE Washington, D.C. home explodes and burns, killing 1

Request a FREE Consultation With a Lawyer

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of victims and families throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Our award-winning lawyers are passionate about guiding clients through the civil justice system and helping them recover the financial compensation needed to put their lives back together. Because our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, there are no attorney fees until you win.

If you have questions about your rights following an explosion or fire, our team is available to speak with you during a free consultation. Contact us today.

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