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The Beattie Law Firm - nationally recognized leading law firm representing victims of propane explosions

Propane gas explosion litigation is an extremely complex and difficult area of law, and thus highly specialized. Should a victim of a propane gas explosion face litigation with the oil and gas industry, a highly qualified lawyer, with this specialty, is required to obtain justice. We at The Beattie Law Firm have represented more than 300 victims of propane gas explosions for more than 30 years in more than 20 states. We are highly skilled and have sued literally every major propane supplier, appliance manufacturer and propane odorant producer.
The high-power propane defendants typically hire only the most skilled and qualified defense lawyers to represent them. We at The Beattie Law Firm have faced many of these talented lawyers and gas companies on many occasions, and are extremely versed in the tactics and defenses raised.
A review of the propane cases on The Beattie Law Firm website affirms the fact that our firm is the wise choice for victims of propane explosions to represent them in this difficult and complex area.
Because of the familiarity of The Beattie Law Firm, victims of propane explosions gain a major tactical advantage because we are not learning gas litigation tactics, but rather leading the way.

Beattie Law Firm: your Anhydrous ammonia experts

Anhydrous ammonia is a gas with a sharp and suffocating odor. If it is not properly handled it can result in serious injury or death. Exposure of anhydrous ammonia immediately causes burning of the eyes, nose and throat. This occurs even when only small amounts have been inhaled.
Anhydrous ammonia is a valuable, low cost form of a fertilizer that is mainly used in agriculture, stored as a liquid in high-pressure tanks on farms and agriculture retailers.
In Iowa, the use of dual tanks has vastly grown on farms. Normally, valves on nurse tanks are designed strictly for a single nurse tank and not the dual system. An occurrence of a sudden break in the anhydrous ammonia hose may occur if the valve has not been properly adjusted or replaced to the dual system. In this situation, the emergency shutoff would be disabled causing anhydrous ammonia to spew from the tank.
The Beattie Law Firm is experienced when it comes to representing clients who were victimized by accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia.
In 2006 the Beattie Law Firm represented a case against the anhydrous manufacturer. Manufacturers failed to warn users that the containers of anhydrous needed to be periodically checked to ensure they could safely hold anhydrous. The men came to a settlement with anhydrous manufacturers before trial but went to trial against the tank manufacturer and propane trainer. After a three-week trial, the jury came to a verdict against the defendants in excess of $10 million.
More recently, we represented the Estate of an Iowa farmer and his son in a case where both were exposed to anhydrous ammonia. The father was killed when a leak occurred when he was spreading anhydrous on the field. The son exposed himself to the anhydrous when he attempted to pull his father out of the cab of the tractor.
Following the incident, The Beattie Law Firm was able to gather notable experts in the industry to help with investigate the claim for the clients. Succeeding the confidential investigation, a settlement agreement was reached between the supplier of the anhydrous ammonia and related equipment.
The Beattie Law Firm works diligently when dealing with anhydrous ammonia cases. Rest assured, our clients will receive the compensation they deserve.

In the News - May 15

Train Derailment
At least seven people were killed and more than 200 people hurt after an Amtrak train derailed and rolled onto its side in Philadelphia Tuesday night. The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.
What may have caused the train to derail? Speed.
It is believed that the train was traveling in excess of 100 mph as it approached a turn rated at 50 mph. The accident is still being investigated.
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles globally due to problem airbags, causing the passenger and front driver side airbag inflators to deploy abnormally. The recall affects 35 models globally, including Corolla, RAV3 and Tundra produced from March 2003 to November 2007.
Overnight Fire
An overnight furnace problem at a senior home in Urbandale forced residents to evacuate. Officials said one of the resident's furnaces malfunctioned was smoking on the second floor - filling the hallways with smoke.
Car Crash
A two-vehicle car crash in Madison County killed one and injured another on Tuesday evening. Iowa State Patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
We encourage clients and their loved ones to be careful and alert, both at home and on the road. Accidents and injury can happen at any time. If you have any concerns or have been injured in an accident, don't hesitate to call us.

What are they saying? Personal Injury Terminology you should know.

The personal injury lawsuit process is complicated and time-consuming. We at The Beattie Law Firm are skilled at personal injury cases; however, those who have little to know background in law may find the process even more difficult to understand.

Reports show an increase in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents

Stay Out of the Dog House

You already know that 2014 was a record year for dog bites, with over 17,000 claims nationwide. This comes out to more than 45 incidents per day! While statistics like these make bites appear quite common, they can cause serious and life-changing injuries. Severe lacerations, scarring, disfigurement and emotional damage are just some of the impairments you might be left dealing with following an attack. The attorneys at Beattie Law Firm are experienced professionals that will fight to ensure than you and your family get the compensation you deserve following an attack.

AAA Foundation Releases Video of Dashcam Footage of Distracted Teen Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teens just moments before a crash. The study found that distractions were a factor in 6 of 10 moderate to severe crashes.


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