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Pennsylvania explosion kills three and destroys a dozen homes

A natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania has led to a wrongful death suit due to three individuals being killed in the crash. A corporation is claimed to be responsible for the blast in that this company failed to abide by a directive of the National Transportation Safety Board to replace old and possibly decaying gas pipes. (The directive came about as the result of another gas explosion that occurred about 2-years ago.)

The "negligence, carelessness and recklessness" alleged of the company comes in part because the company, rather than replace a particular pipeline, placed a piece of wood under the pipeline which only hastened the weakening of the pipe. The company's contribution to the explosion in the end resulted in the destruction of about a dozen homes due to the explosion.

The reason attorneys are contacted and wrongful death lawsuits are filed often comes about because businesses are indifferent to safety concerns until they are blamed for an accident that causes injuries or deaths. Too often, safety concerns are trumped by financial concerns holding back needed changes that may have prevented an accident from occurring to begin with. Yet if one of these corporations is struck by a multi-million dollar verdict, the message may be sent to other corporations that improving safety will in the long run also save on dollars.

Jury verdicts and settlements will never bring back loved ones that were killed in a needless explosion. Still, we can only hope that such financial penalties on businesses and corporations will prevent explosions or other kinds of accidents from occurring in the future.

Source: Lehigh Valley News, "Wrongful death suit filed in deadly gas explosion," Jan. 20, 2012

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