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Two workers died after an explosion in a metal works. An illegally tampered with gas line is to blame. Their families may want to file a wrongful death claim to receive monetary compensation for their loss.

Metal Works Explosion Kills Two Workers


Early this morning, Los Angeles firefighters responded to a report of an explosion within a metal works in the 900 block of East 59th Street, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. They arrived on the scene to find victims lying in the street in front of the blazing building. After extinguishing the fire, they sent search and cadaver dogs into the wreckage to look for more victims. Two workers were taken to the hospital, where they both died. 


An investigation by the Southern California Gas Company determined that an unregulated, excessive flow of gas into the building caused the explosion. Someone had tampered with the valve used to allow maintenance on the building’s industrial gas meter, which allowed for the illegal use of the gas. 


A spokesman for the gas company said that the explosion, is “not a homicide, it is a severe accident.”


We would like to offer our condolences to the families of the victims. They and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers. 


Hearing that a loved one has died in an accident is the most shocking and grievous news one can receive. Unfortunately, the period of mourning that follows is often abruptly interrupted by the financial hardship losing a spouse or family member brings. 


In California, if a loved one dies as the result of another’s negligence at work, in the hospital, or in an accident involving an automobile or a defective product, the surviving family may be entitled to monetary compensation for their loss. In many cases, the compensation from a wrongful death claim covers more than economic loss: the deceased may have had certain responsibilities, such as making repairs around the house and to the family cars, managing rental properties, and running businesses. Such responsibilities will have to be transferred to the care of the appropriate professionals. Wrongful death claims also account for the greatest loss of all—the loss of love, care, and companionship. 


In every state, there is a statute of limitation on a wrongful death lawsuit, which means there is a limited amount of time in which one must file. For the grieving family, it may take months or even years before they are emotionally prepared to access the financial worth of the their lost loved one. The legal process that filing a wrongful death lawsuit entails is not only complex and arduous but also cold and impersonal.


After losing a loved one to an accidental death, the family may want to obtain the services of a wrongful death lawyer to investigate the accident for them. A reputable wrongful death lawyer will determine which party involved was at fault and file a wrongful death claim against the individual or company for the family. The insurance companies responsible for paying compensation to the family are often extremely difficult to deal with, as their primary objective is to pay the family as little as possible. An adept wrongful death lawyer knows the laws and will ensure that the negligent party fulfills its obligation to the grieving family.


While Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, the wrongful death law firm who authored this article, is not currently representing the families of the deceased accident victims mentioned in this article, we have been helping families who have suffered similar tragedies for over 35 years. If you were involved in the accident this morning or one similar to it, we are here to answer any questions you may have. We offer free legal advice and consultations to families who have lost loved ones in work-related or other types of accidents. Should you need our help, feel free to call us at 866-981-5596. We are here for you.


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