The Houston area is well known for its industrial plants. We have many oil and gas plants and chemical plants. They are located around Houston, Texas City, Port Arthur, and other surrounding areas. Unfortunately, as common as these plants are, so are the industrial accidents. The industrial and manufacturing industries are some of the most dangerous operations in the United States. Walker Texas Lawyer has handled many cases involving industrial accidents. Walker offers personal injury representation to victims of these types of accidents. We are proud to represent industrial workers and individuals who live near industrial plants. We even represent emergency service personnel who respond to these types of accidents. If you were injured due to a plant explosion or similar industrial catastrophe, do not hesitate to get in touch with Houston’s Plant Explosion Lawyer.
DO YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY FOR AN EXPLOSION ACCIDENT?
Injured employees often believe that their company will come to their aid after a workplace explosion. However, the reality is that after a major accident or explosion companies focus on what they need to do to stay in business. Victims oftentimes become a secondary matter. Left to deal with insurance companies. When you are left to an insurance company you are just one of the many cases they are handling. Consequently, claims adjusters rarely take the time to evaluate the full extent of your losses. Instead, your injuries are a match to generalized settlement amounts. Rarely do these amounts fully reimburse you for your losses.
Causes of Plant Explosions and Other Industrial Accidents?
There are a variety of factors that contribute to industrial accidents. Unfortunately, most of these accidents could have been avoided with the proper precautions. There are many federal and state agencies that regulate these plants. Agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These agencies not only conduct regular inspections, but also investigate these locations after accidents occur. The causes of plant explosions will vary greatly depending on the type of plant. For instance, the cause of the chemical plant explosion due to improper storage of chemicals, can be traced to rusted pipes, over-exposure to heat, etc.
Many causes of plant explosions boil down to human error. Did a supervisor fail to monitor their employees? Was a pipe repaired improperly? Even the smallest act of carelessness or inattention can result in an accident of catastrophic proportions. Sadly, a majority of the time these accidents kill people. Human error is often the unforgivable sin when it comes to the industrial arena. An investigation post-accident can reveal the true cause of an accident, and thereby pinpoint who is liable. The ramifications of plant explosions are often more far-reaching than even just the workers. Countless individuals suffer exposure to harmful chemicals and even have their homes destroyed by deadly plant explosions.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN I SUE FOR?
If you’ve been injured in a workplace explosion, you are probably wondering how you will pay for your increasing medical costs, your time lost from work, costs of rehabilitation, daily expenses and more. Explosion victims often claim the following compensatory damages listed below.
Walker Texas Lawyer can help you recover maximum compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost Wages
- Earning potential
- Lost enjoyment of life
If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a relative who died you may be able to claim additional damages such as funeral expenses, lost companionship, lost maintenance and lost inheritance.
CHEMICAL PLANT FIRES
Chemical plant fires are common because of the flammable materials industrial plants often handle. These plants can suddenly burst out in flames when their owners fail to maintain a safe working environment. Additionally, the failure to contain volatile materials, or failure to prepare for power outages, or system failures create an unsafe environment.
Causes of chemical plant fires in the Houston area include the following:
- Incorrect storage of materials
- Noncompliance with state and federal laws
- Defective or poorly maintained equipment
- Inadequate personnel training
Maintenance is one of the most important and critical components in preventing a chemical plant explosion and fire. Some plants are continuously running. Employee safety tends to rest on aging, and worn-down machinery. When a company is not willing to completely commit to funding plant maintenance, catastrophic explosions and fires happen resulting in injuries and even death to workers.
Common chemical plant fire injuries include the following:
- Severe burns
- Cuts and lacerations from debris and shrapnel
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Closed or open brain injuries
- Traumatic amputation
- Lung injuries, including “blast lung”
- Vision & Hearing loss
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Another crucial component of preventing chemical plant fires is safety training. Plant owners must take responsibility for training their employees. This includes on how to prevent fires and what to do if one breaks out. If plant owners do not provide this training, they have failed to protect their workers. Thus, they should be held accountable for their negligence.
How Walker Texas Lawyer Help Me?
Were you or a loved one injured due to plant explosion or another industrial accident? The Houston Plant Explosion Attorney, Walker Texas Lawyer, is here for you. With over 35 years’ experience, he is here to investigate your case. Walker is use to handling complex cases against large corporations. We have helped over 25,000 clients with their personal injury claims. If you were a victim of a plant explosion, give Walker Texas Lawyer a call today!