Woman Injured In Stillman Valley Home Explosion Accident
Automobile Accidents - June 26, 2023
Woman Injured Following Stillman Valley Home Explosion Accident Along East High Road
STILLMAN VALLEY, ILLINOIS (June 26, 2023) – A woman was injured following an unexpected Stillman Valley home explosion along the 900 block of East High Road.
Ogle County officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:14 p.m. on Friday. There was a sudden explosion inside the home while a woman was still inside.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. She was located with the help of neighbors and taken to a local hospital in order to receive treatment.
Local agencies were also called to the scene and disconnected gas and power lines to the home. News crews on the scene said that they could smell gas in the air.
Though, it is unknown if the explosion was the result of a gas leak.
Liability For Stillman Valley Gas Explosion Accidents
Gas leaks are one of the most common causes of home explosions in the United States. According to WBTV, “since 2010 there have been more than 2,700 gas leak incidents across the country that were considered significant and that 362 of those incidents resulted in explosions. Additionally, those incidents have injured nearly 700 people and killed more than 140.” There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to prevent gas leaks.
- Markers should be placed around gas lines to warn people of their presence.
- Pipelines should be regularly checked for leaks corrosion or damage.
- Homes should have methane detectors installed.
- The pressure in gas lines should be regularly checked.
Depending on the facts of any case, a gas company could be liable for a home explosion. Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code 740 ILCS 130/2, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. To that end, gas companies must periodically inspect their lines to ensure that they are in working order. Victims of gas explosions tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Head trauma
The vast majority of gas explosion accidents are totally preventable and involve some amount of negligence. Any person that is injured in a gas explosion may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain ands suffering. It is important that all evidence is preserved after any incident.
Investigating Illinois Home Explosion Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the woman injured in this Stillman Valley home explosion. It is our sincere hope that she is able to make a full recovery. Steps need to be taken to help ensure something like this does not happen again.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Stillman Valley gas explosion accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of gas safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.