Texas plant explosions
Unfortunately, Texas is one of the states where dangers of volatile chemical plants and oil refineries kill or injure hundreds of workers every year. During the last decade, Texas also had the highest number of workplace fatalities in US (over 400 each year). According to statistics, if we compare Texas to the second-largest state when it comes to the number of high-risk job sites (Illinois that is), Texas is leading by far: 3 times more accidents, 300 times more property damage costs and 4 times more victims.
Plant explosions occur when chemical reactions lead to a significant quantity of gas, which develop into a heat build-up followed by an explosion. Plant explosions take place in certain industries, such as:
- Natural gas plants;
- Manufacturing plants;
- Chemical plants;
- Nuclear power stations;
- Maritime vessels;
- Land or maritime platforms (oil, gas).
- Coal plants;
- Processing plants.
Even if the victims of such industrial accidents survive, their lives will never be the same due to catastrophic injuries or disfigurement.
Plant explosions don’t harm only the employees of the plant, but at the same time, they have an impact upon the nearby neighborhoods, home owners, business owners and institutions. Such accidents can end up affecting (directly or indirectly) thousands of people and entire communities.
Common causes of Houston plant explosions
The most common causes of Texas plant explosions are:
- Operator error;
- Equipment malfunctions or use of outdated equipment;
- Improper storage of chemicals;
- Violations of safety laws and industry regulations;
- Poor facilities maintenance;
- Failure to meet the latest safety requirements;
- Refinery chemical releases (benzene);
- Lighting a match or smoking;
- Improper training of employees and operators;
- Flawed communication.
Injuries caused by plant explosions
Texas plant explosions can cause severe injuries such as:
- Back and neck injuries;
- falls resulting in orthopedic injuries or loss of limbs;
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- Carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Brain damage;
- Lung damage from inhaling dangerous chemicals;
- Loss of eyesight and hearing;
- Nerve damage and organ damage;
- Chemical scarring and disfigurement.
Sometimes, it might take several years for conditions resulting from plant explosions to develop, and victims/workers can suffer from Leukemia, industrial illnesses or cancer due to the chemical exposure to combinations of dangerous substances, chemical inhalation.
Damages caused by plant explosions
Plant explosions are not limited to the perimeters of the plant, so besides causing severe injuries, they can also lead to serious property damage, including:
- Groundwater contamination;
- Dust contamination;
- Roof damage;
- Poor air quality;
- Soil contamination.
In the aftermath of a plant explosion
After a dangerous explosion occurs at a chemical plant, oil refinery facility or oil rig, it is very important to document your damages resulted from this accident. Whether you are affected by dangerous air quality or by a roof damage, here are a few things you need to do after a plan explosion taxes place:
- Identify all damages;
- Make a list of damaged or missing items;
- Take photographs of the area;
- Keep any proof that could help your case;
- If you have to make repairs, keep all receipts;
- Contact a lawyer specialized in plant explosions to help you assess the situation and decide whether you have a strong case or not.
Experienced plant explosion lawyers can build a strong case
Legally speaking, plant explosions can result in several types of claims, including:
- Personal Injury claims;
- Business interruption cases;
- Property damage lawsuits.
If you or a loved one were injured or suffered property damage related to a Texas plant explosion, schedule a free initial consultation with Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers. Once we take over the case, we will:
- Investigate who is at fault for the plant explosion (the plant owner, a sub-contractor or a manufacturer);
- Will collaborate with leading industry experts to reconstruct the accident;
- Will contact knowledgeable doctors who can analyze the medical condition of the victim and predict the evolution of the injuries or illnesses for the years to come.
Besides, Texas has specific laws regarding contractors, employers, and different types of workers, which help determining employees’ rights when they are injured in a plant explosion while doing their the job. If you decide to sue your employer, you have to carefully consider every move, so you need a lawyer with legal expertise related to this topic.
Monetary compensation for victims of plant explosions
Our plant explosions attorneys assist clients from Houston and surrounding areas (Pearland, Brazoria County, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris) in recovering compensation from plant explosion claims. The compensation will cover:
- Pain and suffering;
- Property loss;
- Medical bills;
- Lost income caused by the inability to work;
- Other accident losses;
- Intense emotional distress.
Solid legal help for victims of Houston, Texas plant explosions
Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers are knowledgeable of all the aspects related to chemical and refinery plant environment. Plant explosion lawsuits require extended knowledge to determine the responsible party, the cause of the explosion and how the defendant breached his duty of care.
The legal process involves extensive research and the use of qualified experts. We have the determination and the experience to handle big cases against major petroleum businesses and big chemical companies.
If you were injured in a plant explosion, if a family member has been killed in a chemical explosion, or you were adversely affected by an explosion at a chemical plant, nuclear plant, oil refinery or other industrial facility, contact Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers. By hiring us, you will raise your chances to get the compensation you deserve and focus more on moving on with your life.