Pre-Settlement Funding Can Help Support Victims of ExplosionsJuly 30, 2015
Matt doesn’t remember arriving at the restaurant that night. He only knows he was there because other people tell him so, and because he can see himself walking around in some of the surveillance video footage taken before the explosion.
“Matt” (not a real person) had been on call for work for the local utility company. A report of the smell of gas near the popular downtown eatery had come in near the end of dinnertime. By the time Matt reached the site about 40 minutes later, the smell of gas was overwhelming. Appalled that the establishment was still open and serving customers, Matt told the police at the scene that the restaurant needed to be evacuated immediately. He notified the dispatcher that he needed additional technicians to help pinpoint the location of what was probably a dangerous natural gas leak.
It was too late. About three minutes after calling for backup, something ignited the buildup of gas inside the area. Matt doesn’t remember the explosion. But today, nearly three years later, he still can feel its effects. Matt is completely deaf in one ear and suffered significant hearing loss in the other. He has limited use of his right arm and hand. He suffered second or third degree burns over almost 25 percent of his body and lives with constant pain because of nerve damage.
In the wake of the explosion and fire, an investigation would reveal that another company had inadvertently damaged an underground gas main during a digging operation earlier that day. Improper procedures, incompetent pipeline marking, and various other cut corners had all contributed to the disaster.
On one hand, Matt knows he’s lucky to be alive. Not everyone who was there that night was as fortunate; there were still a handful of people inside the restaurant when the blast occurred. But he has survived to endure a life forever altered. He is unable to pick up his small children or play outdoors with them. He is unable to work. Workers’ compensation and disability payments have not made up for his lost salary, putting his family constantly behind on their bills even after cutting back their expenses.
Matt’s attorney knows how strong his civil case is against the excavating company and the other parties that contributed to the explosion, but he also knows that it could be years before Matt receives a judgement or settlement. He told Matt to call USClaims.
We reviewed Matt’s case with Matt and his legal team. We were able to approve his application for pre-settlement funding and within a week, Matt and his family had the cash they needed to get their creditors off their back. On the night he got hurt, Matt was just doing his job. Now USClaims is making sure that Matt’s attorney has the time he needs to do his. If Matt’s story sounds anything like yours, we can help.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.