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Explosion in college dorm in Nevada injures eight people

When Reno residents are in their home, they expect to be safe. This is true whether it is a private residence, a hotel or a college dormitory. Accidents, however, can happen without warning and can occur for a variety of reasons. One thing that people are rarely expecting is an explosion. If it happens, the damage can be catastrophic. Even when people suffer what are deemed "minor" injuries, there can still be extended emotional and financial aftereffects.

An explosion at the University of Nevada, Reno, injured eight people. Investigators say that it was a utilities explosion. A part of the dormitory collapsed. Six of the people who were hurt were treated at the site of the incident. Two were taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. The building where the explosion occurred was severely damaged. Another building in the area was also damaged. It is not known precisely why the explosion occurred, but it is believed to have started in the basement with a mechanical problem. The building has seven stories. The investigation is continuing.

With any kind of accident in which people are injured, the injured victims may want to pursue compensation for medical costs, emotional damage and future pain and suffering. Simply because a person does not believe he or she is seriously hurt at the time of the incident does not negate the future impact of the accident. If the accident happened because of another's carelessness or due to the failure on the part of an overseeing entity like a property owner to provide adequate protection to those on their premises, there could be the basis for a legal filing.

Explosions can cause lasting physical and mental damage to those who were in the vicinity. Some injuries take time to manifest. Even if the person believed nothing was wrong in the immediate aftermath, there could have been damages that go undiagnosed or do not present themselves for days or even weeks after the incident. Thus, those injured in explosions will want to explore their legal options, including whether a personal injury claim would be appropriate.

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