Kane Mechanical Denies Liability in Hydraulic Fluid Explosion.

Explosions often result in serious bodily injury or wrongful death cases because the likelihood of injury is very high. Compressed tanks filled with liquid propane, oxygen, acetylene or other fuels create fire and explosion hazards where sparks from a piece of machinery can trigger a blast. The injury can be the fault of a person or a business and the conduct can be intentional or unintentional.

On September 24, 2013, Mark Avant was working on site at Olin Corp. According to his complaint filed in court, a pipe fitting and bushing for an extrusion press was mishandled, causing hydraulic fluid under pressure to erupt and explode, knocking Avant off his feet. Avant claims he suffered a concussion, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. According to a Madison Record article, he also incurred roughly $125,000 in bills for medical treatment and hospital costs and anticipates future similar expenses.

Representing Avant, attorney Craig Schlapprizzi of Donald Schlapprizzi P.C. in St. Louis, named the Illinois-based piping, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, sheet metal and fire protection contractor, Kane Mechanical Inc., as the defendant.

Representing Kane, attorneys Stephen R. Vedova and Benjamin J. Hegvik of Foley & Mansfield in Chicago, denied the allegations, and claimed that Avant’s own negligence contributed to his injuries. They accused Avant of having a duty to exercise reasonable case and caution for his own safety and well-being. Additionally, they accused him of being in an area in which he was not supposed to be at the time of the accident, operating a machine in an improper and unintended manner, and failing to wear proper gear.

Avant seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

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