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Pipeline explosion sparks lawsuit from those who lost everything

People in the Charleston area are injured or suffer losses in all kinds of incidents on a daily basis. Many times these are unfortunate accidents that are a part of life. Sometimes, however, these accidents are caused by negligent behavior and they can be avoided if the proper safety measures are taken.

Several homeowners who found their homes left in rubble after a natural gas explosion have filed a lawsuit against NiSource and its subsidiary company Columbia Gas. The suit claims that the company failed to make the necessary maintenance procedures and that it didn’t take sufficient safety precautions. The attorney representing the nine people who have filed suit says the companies and individuals who work for them need to be held responsible.

According to a statement from the victims’ attorney, the families he represents are fortunate to have escaped serious injuries. However, he claims that they have still suffered great losses. He says that not only have they lost personal property, including their homes, but also that their property value may never be retrieved due to the stigma now associated with the area. The plaintiffs’ attorney also claims that the company needs to make safety a priority or this type of explosion might happen again.

When a company fails to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of those who might be in harm’s way a jury may hold that company accountable for its actions. If a person is hurt because of a company’s careless acts, then he or she may have good reason to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: WOWK TV, “Nine to sue NiSource; Columbia Gas and others over Sissonville pipeline explosion,” July 31, 2013

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