Philadelphia Explosion Attorneys
$2 Billion Awarded Since 1958 in Complex Cases
Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has fought for injured people and the survivors of wrongful death, recovering over $2 billion for our clients through hundreds of multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts. From the infamous Pier 34 collapse to a major gas explosion at a PECO plant to a major fire in public housing, The Beasley Firm has been in the heart of catastrophic litigation for over 30 years, obtaining numerous seven and eight-figure recoveries for our clients. Under the law, the injured person or their survivors bear the burden of proving that the explosion or fire was the result of negligence. Proving those facts requires perseverance, legal creativity, and the expenditure of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of dollars. To win an explosion case, a plaintiff needs a law firm that can thoroughly investigate the facts, develop the right legal theories that will last through trial and appeal, and invest substantial finances into case proceedings.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay a fee unless we obtain compensation. To begin your claim, call (215) 866-2424 for a free evaluation of your case!
Explosion lawsuits are among the most difficult cases to litigate and to prove at trial because most of the key evidence has been destroyed and sometimes the key witnesses have themselves died in the blast or endured life-threatening burn injuries. Any explosion is grounds enough to suggest negligence-because it means someone did something unsafe-but it isn’t enough under the law to prove that a particular gas company, product manufacturer, or employer is liable.
The Underlying Causes of Most Explosions & Major Fires
In our many years of experience handling explosions, fires and other catastrophic incidents, our firm has become thoroughly familiar with the causes of explosions and how to investigate these cases.
In our experience, most explosions are the result of these three causes:
- Unsafe handling of propane, natural gas or gasoline, like transporting flammable liquids in non-approved containers or failing to regularly check and service gas tanks.
- The failure to have an adequate fire protection program at a workplace, apartment building, or office building (such as not having enough fire extinguishers or smoke detectors, or failing to keep them in working order).
- Defectively manufactured appliances or heavy equipment that lose their pilot light or break, causing a leak of flammable gases.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Propane Tank Manufacturers: Many propane tank manufacturers fail to warn customers about proper storage and maintenance of the tanks, and the steps that need to be taken when propane is going to be stored outside or in unheated areas during the cold weather.
Construction Employers: On many worksites there is no training at all for the safe handling and operation of propane, leading to hundreds of propane explosions at construction, industrial, and other commercial sites every year. In addition, gas explosions can occur in cases where a construction company failed to assess the location of a gas pipeline before digging.
Appliance Manufacturers: If a home appliance failed by its pilot light going out or its pipes cracking, and created a gas leak, the appliance manufacturer may be held responsible.
Other Manufacturers: Manufacturers and sellers of household goods like couches and appliances are supposed to consider whether their own products pose a foreseeable fire hazard. Many fires can get out of hand quickly because of the chemicals in manufactured products. The manufacturer may be responsible for contributing to the fire with their unreasonably flammable consumer good.
Smoke Detector Manufacturers: In many cases-including a public housing case that we successfully litigated to an $8 million verdict-smoke detectors are either never checked or were defective the moment they were put in, and so they failed to alert occupants to the fire before it’s too late.
Gas Can Manufacturers: Major gas can manufacturers have refused to install flame arrestors-which are nothing more than a cheap, thin wire mesh in the spout-that prevents flames from entering into the gas can and igniting the whole can. The manufacturers can be held responsible for ensuing damage.
Let Us Put Over 60 years of Experience to Work for You
At The Beasley Firm, our skilled Philadelphia explosion attorneys can capably handle your case. Hold the guilty parties responsible for their negligence and pursue just compensation for your injuries and damages. We will aggressively fight on your behalf. Our complex litigation lawyers are recognized by Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® for their excellence and exceptional results. Don’t hesitate to enlist our legal services. We are known throughout the nation for our dedication, thorough case preparation, and for always being one step ahead of the opposition. Our approach has resulted in many multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients. To date, we have over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements, including many record-setting case results! We thrive in taking on cases many other firms simply cannot.
Call (215) 866-2424 to speak with our skilled legal team about your case!
Personal Injury $907,000,000
The largest judgment ever against a single individual, against Ira Einhorn for the murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
Personal Injury $104,000,000
$104 million for September 11 victims, the only September 11 verdict in history.
Medical Malpractice $100,000,000
The largest medical malpractice verdict in Pennsylvania history.
Medical Malpractice $55,000,000
2nd largest medical malpractice verdict in history.
Birth Injury $37,000,000
Jim Beasley, Sr. and Marsha Santangelo tried a six-week-long medical negligence case on behalf of a brain injured child.
Complex Litigation $34,000,000
The largest defamation award in Pennsylvania history.
Aviation Accidents $29,000,000
Record setting verdict for an airplane crash that involved a seat defect in a Cessna aircraft.
Medical Malpractice $20,500,000
Our firm used all its resources to obtain a highly publicized $20.5 million verdict for the family of a teenage woman.
Medical Malpractice $20,000,000
Jim led his team at The Beasley Firm to one of the largest malpractice recoveries in a very conservative county and in the history Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Personal Injury $16,250,000
We were able to invest over $400,000.00 in costs to prepare this file, allowing our attorneys to enter the courtroom with no stone unturned.
Achieving Record Setting Verdicts & Settlements For Over 60 Years.
Over $2 Billion Awarded On Behalf Of Our Injured Clients.
Listed In Best Law Firms And Recognized By Best Lawyers In America.
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