CenterPoint Energy blamed for natural gas explosion in garage that burned man

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by Jay Pate

Eduqardo Maltos was working in his garage in Houston when a natural gas explosion occurred, causing a fire. As a result of the fire, Maltos suffered extensive burns and is in intensive care in the hospital in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns covering his body. Maltos and his wife have filed a lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy, accusing the company of negligence in failing to enforce appropriate maintenance and safety rules that could have prevented the accident.

The lawsuit claims a gas leak was the cause of the explosion. There are allegations that people in the neighborhood have been complaining about a gas leak for years, but that it was never properly fixed.

The judge has granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday so evidence can be gathered to support Maltos’ claim. CenterPoint is conducting its own investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

Unfortunately, devastating natural gas explosions occur all too often. For example, a Detroit, Michigan man was killed in a natural gas explosion last month. On March 15, Michigan’s Consumers Energy announced that it fired an undisclosed number of employees “failure to follow established procedures and policies” in connection with that explosion. The company’s press release stated:

“Following the tragic explosion in Royal Oak on Feb. 27, we have been conducting a thorough investigation, including employee interviews, system inspection and policy review. Based on our findings to date, we have taken appropriate disciplinary action, including terminations for failure to follow established policies and procedures.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a natural gas explosion, it may well be that the explosion was the result of another’s negligence. In order to determine whether you may have a case, you need to retain experienced, qualified legal counsel at the earliest opportunity.

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have the experience, knowledge and expertise to pursue your claim. In 2007, partner Michael Heygood obtained an $18.9 million jury verdict for the family of a man killed in a TXI plant explosion in Midlothian, Texas.

To speak with a lawyer about your case, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free case evaluation form.