Gas cans should be structurally sound and be spill-proof. They should also be properly stored to prevent injuries. If you or a loved one were injured by a gas can that was not structurally sound or properly labeled, we at Klein Frank, P.C. are here to help you during this stressful experience. Our team of Boulder defective gas can attorneys understands what defects to look for, how to build a claim, and how to calculate and secure the fair compensation you need to pay for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
The Problem with Gas Cans
According to a 2013 article in NBC News, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found at least 11 reported deaths and approximately 1,200 emergency room visits associated with gas can explosions, most of which occurred while someone was pouring gasoline into the container. This data comes from incident and injury databases analyzed between 1998 and 2013.
Defective gas cans could lead to serious injuries and incidents such as:
Our firm can help you determine who should be held responsible for your injuries. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need extensive recovery time. This could lead to excessive medical bills and other related costs. We will help you file an injury claim in order to recover the compensation you need to cover these costs, as well as future costs.
Common Gas Can Defects
Three common causes of gas accidents are:
- Failure to Warn: Products as potentially dangerous as gas cans must come with clear, bold warning labels informing consumers of possible hazards. These warnings can save lives, so when a manufacturer fails to include them on a product with the potential to cause injury, this can be a fatal oversight.
- Lack of Child Proofing (or Spill Proofing): Without child proofing a gas can, accidents involving children spilling or expelling gasoline can lead to tragic results. In fact, even though many injuries and deaths related to a lack of child proofing have occurred, gas can manufacturers continue to fail at properly child proof their products, likely to save time and money.
- Lack of Flame Arrestors: Flame arrestors are a component that prevents vapor and gas flashback fires, which can in turn cause explosions. Recently, the advent of automation in the gas can making process has shifted the focus to speed and profits rather than safety, which has caused many manufacturers to remove safety features such as flame arrestors from gas cans entirely.
If you, your child, or another loved one has been injured by a gas can with improper childproofing or other defects, contact the gas can defect lawyer at Klein Frank, P.C. today.
Pursuing the Most Satisfactory Outcome Possible
Our mission is to obtain the most satisfactory outcome possible for our clients. With maximum compensation in mind, we will exhaust each avenue available in order to help you get back on your feet. As skilled trial lawyers, our Boulder defective gas can attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. Your defective gas can matter will be treated as a top priority with the attentiveness it merits and deserves.
Call (303) 622-3876or contact us online to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case. We represent clients throughout Colorado from our offices in Boulder and Basalt.