On Wednesday, July 14 in Iroquois County, Illinois an excavation in an area near a Marathon gas pipeline lead to a gasoline leak. In response to this leak, Marathon immediately shut down their pipelines and began to contain the spill with certain clean-up methods. Currently, Marathon Pipeline is monitoring the areas containing the spill and the areas near the spill to ensure the air quality is up to standards and to make sure the spill does not contaminate any water sources.
Pipeline accidents are not completely uncommon. In fact, over 1600 pipeline leaks have occurred in the United States since 2010. Due to Marathon’s timely response, no one was injured, and the community will return back to everyday activities. Although not all leaks are large or prove to be dangerous for surrounding communities, some are. Gas leaks can be extremely dangerous to those who are exposed to it for extended periods of time due to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas that is poisonous even in small quantities. Just some of the potential dangers or side effects of inhaling carbon monoxide are:
- Blurry vision
- Upset Stomach
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms during or after exposure to gasoline, see a doctor immediately as you may be experiences signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If a gas leak happens, it is important to know the ways to protect yourself and those around you. The most important thing to do in the presence of a gas leak is to cover your nose and mouth and evacuate the area immediately. If a gas leak occurs in your home, ventilate the area, and contact the authorities.
Gas leaks can be very frightening when it happens, as it is intangible. Being able to recognize the signs of injury as a result of a gas leak is vital to ensuring you receive the proper treatment necessary. If you or a loved one has recently endured an injury during a gas leak because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to some compensation. Here at Spiros Law, P.C., we fight to get you the most amount of compensation to recover any physical or emotional damages you may have suffered. Instead of dealing with insurance companies and medical bills, hire an experienced attorney to represent your best needs during every step of the process, and give yourself the proper stress-free time to heal fully. Contact us today at (217) 443-4343 to schedule your free consultation to discuss the details of your case today.
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