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San Diego Pipeline Explosions Attorney


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Though pipeline explosions don’t occur with as much frequency as automobile accidents of product defects, they are serious accidents that cause widespread devastation, especially to workers. Not only do pipeline explosions cause serious injury, they can even cause wrongful death.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a pipeline explosion, you are likely entitled to compensation to account for any damages you’ve sustained, from injury or wrongful death to medical bills, loss of work, loss of mobility, resulting mental health issues, and any other expense related to the pipeline explosion. To learn more about claiming the damages that are rightfully yours under California law, contact an experienced and top rated San Diego personal injury attorney at Mission Legal Center.

Call us for a free consultation and case-specific guidance today at 619-777-5555

The Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA):

  • In 2002, there were 139 liquid pipeline accidents, causing a loss of 97,000 barrels and approximately $31 million in property damage
  • There are 50 serious pipeline incidents every year
  • Serious incidents can include:
  • Death or injury that requires in-patient hospitalization
  • $50k + in costs
  • Release of highly toxic or volatile liquid
  • Fire or explosion
  • At -260 degrees F, natural gas becomes liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • Natural gas itself doesn’t freeze, but if enough water gets into a natural gas pipeline, the pipeline could freeze and become an issue

The Common Causes of Pipeline Explosions and Accidents in San Diego


  • Causes metal fatigue
  • Failure to change out cast iron pipelines

Equipment Failure

  • Defective control valves
  • Defective gas connectors

Excavation Damage

  • Mechanical damage during excavation work

Improper Installation

  • Poor welding
  • Failure to install emergency shut-off valves

Incorrect Operation

  • Inadequate safety practices
  • Failure to follow safety regulations
  • Failure to respond to gas leak reports
  • Failure to maintain/inspect/repair pipeline parts (joints, service lines, gas mains, meter sets)

The Types of Injuries/Damages Resulting from a Pipeline Accident in San Diego

Serious Personal Injuries Resulting from Pipeline Explosions

People subjected to a pipeline explosion/accident can sustain a multitude of very serious injuries including:

  • Disability (short-term and long-term)
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional injury (depression, anxiety, PTSD)
  • Injuries causing long-term medical treatment
  • Loss of limbs/amputation
  • Severe burns on face, necks, chest, limbs and other parts of the body
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

Potential Compensation for Victims of Pipeline Explosions in San Diego

Wrongful Death

  • Compensation for family members
  • Funeral costs
  • Medical bills

Medical Damages/Financial Costs

  • Compensation for lost wages during immediate treatment
  • Compensation for disfigurement
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Decreased earning ability
  • Legal fees
  • Long period(s) of unemployment
  • Ongoing and sometimes permanent medical care (for physical and emotional injuries)
  • Payment of medical care/hospital care

Possible Compensation for Property Damage due to San Diego Pipeline Explosions

  • Clean-up costs
  • Costs not covered by insurance
  • Damage to nature, natural habitats and resources
  • Insurance premiums

The Next Step

If you have been a victim of a pipeline explosion in Southern California, contact Mission Legal Center. We are San Diego Personal Injury, Accident and Wrongful Death Attorneys with a proven record of success in helping those who suffer from a serious injury, to receive the necessary medical attention, care and treatment you need, in addition to compensation for future care you may require. Call for a free consultation and case specific guidance: 619-777-5555. You may also contact us or follow us on Facebook.

As a family owned and operated San Diego Personal Injury and Accident Law Firm, Mission Legal Center is conveniently located in Mission Valley – San Diego, California.


Q: What is being done to promote pipeline safety in San Diego?

A: There are federal and state regulations in place to help with pipeline safety. The regulations are meant to prevent personal injuries including overseeing: where and how pipelines are built, how San Diego pipelines are tested, how pipelines are inspected, and by whom they are inspected.

Q: What’s the Call 8-1-1 System?

A: This is the direct line that anyone, typically construction crews, can use to coordinate a dig (among other things) so that the underground utilities are safely protected from damage, thus preventing injuries to people or property in San Diego.

Q: Are pipeline markers always placed on top of the actual pipeline?

A: Pipeline markers in San Diego are used to show the approximate location of the pipeline and can’t be relied on to show exact location. Read more about pipeline explosions and injuries here.

If you have been a victim of a pipeline explosion in Southern California, contact Mission Legal Center. We are San Diego Personal Injury, Accident and Wrongful Death lawyers serving the greater San Diego community. Call for a free consultation and case specific guidance: 619-777-5555. You may also Contact Us