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Propane company sued over home explosion that killed 2 people

A Texas family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a propane company after a home exploded, killing two of the three people inside. The lone survivor was an 8-month-old baby boy.

The explosion happened while one of the two women in the house was cooking breakfast, according to the family's attorney. Both women, the grandmother and great aunt of the child, were both killed. The boy suffered second and third degree burns over half his body. The day before the explosion, propane was delivered to the home.

The lawsuit against the propane company alleges negligence and gross negligence in addition to wrongful death. According to reports, an investigation by the Railroad Commission of Texas showed that the propane company technician who refilled the home's propane tank prior to the explosion did not perform a leak check after filling the tank. The investigation also found that the gas supply line leading into the kitchen of the home was damaged.

As in this case, when someone is killed in an accident that may have been caused by negligence or error on the part of someone else, the family members of the deceased may be entitled to compensation for their loss. The lawsuit filed by the family against the propane company may result in the court-ordered compensation that covers the cost of medical treatment funeral services. If the two women who were killed in the accident were employed, the family might also be entitled to funds that cover the victims' lost income. Individuals who have suffered injury in similar cases may also be able to file suit against the negligent party with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Source: KTRK-TV, "Family sues propane company over deadly freak explosion", Kevin Quinn , February 28, 2014

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