CHARLES ROACH AND JOYCE ROACH V. DIXIE GAS COMPANY; BEN THOMAS WILLIAMS, JR., INDIVIDUALLY AND AS OWNER AND MANAGER OF DIXIE GAS COMPANY; SEMSTREAM, L.P.; SANTIE WHOLESALE OIL COMPANY, A DIVISION OF BLUE RHINO RELIABLE PROPANE; AND JOHN DOES 1 THROUGH 10 (Tenn. Ct. App. November 14, 2011)
This lawsuit for damages arises out of an explosion. The plaintiff customers went to the defendant propane gas facility to fill their recreational vehicle with propane. Soon after they arrived, one of the propane hoses began to leak, and propane gas vapor began to envelope the premises. After a short period of time, the propane gas tank exploded, causing devastating property damage and destroying the plaintiffs' recreational vehicle.
The plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against the defendants, alleging that they were near the explosion site when the explosion occurred, and that the explosion caused them numerous physical and psychological injuries. The defendants admitted liability and compensated the plaintiffs for their property damage. The defendants claimed, however, that the plaintiffs were not present at the explosion site when the explosion occurred and did not sustain any personal injuries caused by the explosion. After a jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants, determining that the explosion did not cause any personal injuries to the plaintiffs and awarding zero damages. The plaintiffs now appeal. We affirm.
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