Chemical plant explosion attorneys represent injured workers and their families throughout the USA.
Plants and refineries are essential to our day-to-day needs. However, management oversight in these facilities could lead to devastating injuries, which could also be deadly. These explosions affect not only the employees that work there but also the local communities. What is also noteworthy is that these explosions could be preventable. Various injuries can result from a plant explosion, including burns, smoke inhalation, head injuries, permanent scarring, and wrongful death.
What Causes Chemical Plant Explosions?
Usually, a chemical plant explosion is typically avoidable. It occurs because workers don’t correctly store chemicals, aren’t adequately trained, or do not comply with regulations meant to keep the workplace safe. Welders are sometimes killed because they are not aware that the contents they are welding are flammable. A chemical plant explosion usually involves more than one party, which creates the opportunity for a civil suit.
Some of Texas’ Most Devastating Plant Explosions
Chemical Leak at LyondellBasell Industries Olefins
The chemical leak at Lyondell’s chemical plant in La Porte killed two employees and injured 30 others, marking one of the worst united states petrochemical accidents since 2019.
Baytown Chevron Phillips Chemical Plant Accident
A contract worker at the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Baytown has died.
The worker that Fluor contracted was injured in an accident at the Cedar Bayou construction site, the company said. He went through a series of treatments before he died.
Fire at The Exxon Mobil Baytown Olefins Plant
A fire at an Exxon Mobil plant in Baytown wounded 37 individuals and sent out a plume of smoke over a Houston-area chemical facility for the fourth time.
It was the 2nd fire at an Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown. The company’s operations in Harris County city have a history of environmental violations extending back to 2013.
The root cause of Wednesday’s fire was not immediately known, although the company stated the blaze began with an explosion. Jason Duncan, the plant supervisor of the Olefins unit, said the majority of the injured suffered burns.
Chemical Plant Leak at Lubrizol Corporation in Deer Park
A Houston mother, who was injured during the Lubrizol chemical plant leak, has filed a legal action affirming that the offender’s careless neglect for safety and security led to the unnecessary exposure of harmful chemicals to both her and her two children.
The chemical was reported to be Mercaptan was released into the air out of a rail car in the Lubrizol Corporation plant in Deer Park, Texas.
Cases At Shell’s Deer Park Refinery
There have been several serious accidents at the Deer Park refinery.
- On January 22, 2014, there was a fire at Shell’s Deer Park.
- In November 2010, a fire at Shell’s Deer Park refinery injured many people, including initial responders. The unit had to be shut down.
- In September 1979, some workers were seriously injured in a tanker explosion at Shell’s Deer Park Refinery.
Fire Doused at BASF Freeport, Texas Chemical Plant
Firefighters have extinguished a fire that erupted involving a railcar at BASF Corp.’s Freeport, Tex., petrochemical facility. An explosion took place shortly following reports of a chemical release from the railcar, which contained ammonia, cyclohexanone oxime, and other chemicals.
Common Injuries Sustained From Chemical Plant Explosions
Many injuries in chemical plant explosions can occur, but some are more common than others.
- Hearing Loss
- Head Trauma
- Loss of limbs
- Lung Damage
- Broken Bones
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)
- Eye Injuries
The extent of these injuries will vary based on the explosion; however, many often than not trigger permanent or long-lasting impairment. This is why a chemical plant refinery explosion attorney can be essential to recovering the maximum compensation possible for you and your family.
Steps to Take if You Are Injured in a Chemical Plant Explosion
Any time you suffer an accident, you should first get treated by a medical professional immediately.
If your injuries from the explosion are severe, they can harm your finances since you will not return to work for some time. That is why it is essential to hire a chemical plant refinery explosion attorney immediately. The quicker you receive a settlement for your injuries, the better your financial future will be.
If your loved one has died, you might be qualified to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. There are many types of settlements for victims of chemical plant explosions and their family members. An expert in this field will make sure that you recoup as much as possible for your damages.
Damages You May Recover
Along with injuries that you can receive from the pure force of an explosion, there are various other health risks associated with spewing toxic fumes into the air or releasing harmful chemicals into the ground and water. Direct exposure to some chemicals can cause lung damages, respiratory problems, cancer, or neurological problems.
Whether you’re feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or your ears are ringing from the blast, you may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses, Including future care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Housework and child care services
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Maybe you’re experiencing symptoms and wondering if you have a case. Perhaps you were severely injured and wished to know how much your claim is worth. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are; our specialized legal team can consult with you, review your legal options, answer your inquiries, and develop a strategy that meets your needs.
Joe I. Zaid & Associates could help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if a person you loved was killed in a chemical plant explosion.
Contact Our Chemical Plant Injury Attorney
Our team will investigate the incident, including working with a team of experts who know plant/refineries. Our goal is to investigate the matter and apportion liability accordingly to the negligent parties.
Joe I. Zaid & Associates’ commitment to our clients is to get the medical treatment and care they deserve. Furthermore, we will seek to recover compensation for losses that include medical expenses, loss of earnings (past and future), mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has been involved in the explosion, call our office today at 281-990-5200 for a FREE CONSULT. Joe I. Zaid & Associates is committed to representing the rights of the injured both in Texas and across the country.