Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion takes two lives- VB Attorneys
An explosion shook Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas, on June 26, 2018. Two people were killed and 14 others suffered injuries in the explosion. Filiberto Morales of Round Rock and Michael Bruggman of Rogers are the two men who lost their lives. The rest of the victims are being treated in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Temple hospitals for injuries including severe burns.The hospital is undergoing a massive expansion project, managed by Adolfson and Peterson Construction. This project includes a physical plant to house boilers and chillers for the hospital. This is where the blast originated, according to witnesses. Preliminary reports suggest an electrical generator blew up. Other reports that a natural gas line might have been involved have been disproven by Atmos, the natural gas company that is responsible for the hospital’s gas lines.
Judge issues temporary restraining order to prevent explosion site from being “cleaned up”
Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office, OSHA, and the railroad commission began collecting evidence on June 29, 2018. The hospital’s CEO told reporters at KWTX a portion of the facility had reopened and crews have been “cleaning up the site” as of Monday, July 2. That’s when attorneys representing an electrician injured in the explosion filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order. The restraining order, granted on Tuesday, July 3, prevents any changes being made to the scene of the explosion to ensure that everyone’s investigations can proceed without losing any evidence.A Temporary Restraining Order helps protect the legal rights of the people hurt and killed in the explosion. It is very important that these orders are filed as soon as possible. Every minute a construction company isn’t working, they’re losing money. Every minute the hospital isn’t operation, the hospital is losing money. So they will do everything possible to get back to work, even if it means “cleaning up” the evidence crucial to your case. If there is no evidence, your team of independent experts can’t determine the cause of the explosion. And if your team can’t conduct a thorough investigation, the state fire marshals and OSHA can’t either.You have a constitutional right to be compensated if you are injured due to a company or person’s negligence. And if anything or anyone prevents you from being able to determine who is responsible for your injuries, you may be able to sue for additional compensation, punitive damages in legal terms. These punitive damages are meant to do just that – punish the person or company responsible for preventing you from seeking justice.Even if you aren’t ready to file an injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we recommend you consult with experienced trial lawyers as soon as possible. A free and confidential consultation will help you determine what course of action will be best for your claim. We will answer all of your questions and analyze your case based on our extensive experience winning cases just like this one.The bottom line is this: the longer you wait to consult an attorney, the more time the companies have had to get rid of evidence. Which means it will get harder and harder to prove your case. To get started today, call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form.