Get started today by calling (213) 389-3765.Southern California Edison responded to the scene and is investigating the cause of the explosions. The investigation is also trying to determine whether gas had a role in the explosion (since the owner and many patrons had complained of a smell similar to that of gas).
Liability in the IncidentAlthough the restaurant owner is seriously injured, he could actually face some sort of liability for the incident – and be financially responsible for the harm that other victims suffered. However, other parties could be liable as well. Consider the following points:
- Property owners (such as the restaurant owner mentioned above) have a duty to ensure that their premises are free of any hazards. As soon as they identify any potentially hazardous situation, they must act immediately to address the hazard to ensure that guests are not put at risk of suffering harm.
- Utility companies (such as electric and gas companies) have a duty of care towards their consumers. They must ensure that all equipment is working properly and that they quickly and efficiently respond to any complaints (e.g. of strong smells).
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Suing and Recovering CompensationDepending on the specific details of the incident and the harm suffered, victims and their families might have grounds to pursue a claim – and even receive compensation. In general, the basis behind an injury claim is negligence: a party or entity owed you a duty of care that was breached, resulting in harm. In other words, the negligent actions of a party or entity directly caused the incident and, subsequently, the harm suffered. Depending on the specific details of the claim, victims and their families might also be eligible to recover at least some sort of compensation. In general, the compensation available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.