Lawsuit Following Greenwood Explosion Injuring 9 Firefighters

Last March, multiple Seattle firefighters were injured after a natural-gas lead that led to a massive explosion.  Jeff Markoff, one of the nine injured firefighters, filed his lawsuit last Friday and reported that he was “about 90 feet from the epicenter of the alleyway explosion that leveled two buildings and damaged dozens more.  He said he has since experienced ‘ongoing cognitive difficulties, severe headaches, hearing loss, disturbances such as recurring images after the explosion, memory loss’ and other health issues.”  Markoff, having nearly 20 years serving others, only missed a few shifts after the explosion, however he claims that headaches are almost a daily occurrence. 

Before the explosion – at 1:04 a.m. – the firefighters were looking for the source of the reported gas leak and at 1:40 a.m., were surprised by the massive explosion.  Thankfully, each of the injured firefighters were treated at a local hospital and released the same day.

Rubble after Seattle Explosion

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Puget Sound Energy “reached a $1.5 million settlement with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) over the March 2016 explosion.  The settlement calls for PSE to complete ‘a comprehensive inspection and remediation program’ of thousands of retired gas lines.”

Markoff hopes that PSE is “held accountable so this doesn’t happen again – so guys that I work with don’t have to face something like this.”  Attorney and Shareholder James Gooding is currently working with clients in a similar explosion case.  Explosions and many other disasters of this nature are often both terrifying and preventable; through GLP Attorneys, these types of cases are classified as a Premises Liability case. 

 If you or anyone you know have been injured, physically or mentally, please reach out for a free evaluation.  Often times, people are injured and misrepresented, but with GLP Attorneys and our core values, we have helped and assisted thousands through all process from injury to recovery.


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