Punitive Damages are Possible in a Building Explosion Case

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The Silver Spring community is still recovering from the devastating apartment building explosion from last week. The cause is still under investigation, but many suspect a gas leak to be a contributing factor. Just weeks before this horrendous explosion, residents reported smelling gas. A personal injury case resulting from an accident like this can yield not only the standard compensatory damages for pain and suffering, but also punitive damages. If it can be proven that the property management for the apartment complex were aware of a gas leak and elected to do nothing in order to save some money, punitive damages, or damages meant to punish the defendant for their inaction, may be appropriate.

Punitive damages are meant to punish a party for their inaction or for not taking the appropriate action. In cases where a party had notice of a dangerous situation where it was foreseeable great harm could result, punitive damages are likely to result. The cause in the Silver Spring apartment explosion has yet to be determined. It will certainly be interesting to see when that determination is made.

If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland building explosion caused by the negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/