Plant Explosion Attorneys
Industrial plants are a common sight in this day and age—and are
a sign of the ever-growing industrial sector. While this constant production
is typically viewed as a good thing, it does not come without a price.
Plant explosions are unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence and have
happened throughout the nation. From the
Kuraray America plant explosion that occurred in 2018 to the El Dorado Chemical CO. fire that occurred in 2009, these explosions
occur all too often and can leave the victims suffering from life-threatening
or even fatal injuries.
Do I have a claim after a plant explosion?
If you or a loved one were working during the time of the plant explosion
or if you lived in the city in which it occurred, you most likely have
a lot of questions. You are probably considering your own injuries and
wondering whether or not you have a valid claim. In some cases, it is
easy to feel that because so many people were injured in the explosion
or otherwise affected that you cannot personally seek a claim. This is
not the case!
There are sometimes over 15,000 people who will have a claim following
an industrial accident.
You have rights that deserve to be protected. Don't let yourself slip
through the cracks! Hire a knowledgeable attorney who can help explain
the process and how you can be protected. At Arnold & Itkin, we are
industrial injury claims and are prepared to help invest the necessary time and energy to
getting you the assistance that you deserve.
History of Plant Explosions in the U.S.
As stated above, this is not the first time that a plant or refinery has
exploded in the United States, and, unfortunately, it will most likely
not be the last. There are countless causes of these types of explosions—many
of which can be attributed to human behavior.
Below, we explain just some of the largest plant explosions and accident
that have happened:
January 2003: On January 29, 2003 the West Pharmaceutical Plant in Kinston, North Carolina
exploded—resulting in the death of 6 people and 36others. Subsequent
investigations determined that most likely the cause of the incident was
a large rubber dust explosion. The plant was highly criticized in following
reports for inadequate safety policies, procedures, and communication.
March 2005: On March 23, 2005, a massive explosion occurred at BP's refinery in
Texas City, TX. The blow-out was believed to have been caused by hydrocarbon
vapors contacting the ignition source, which some believe was a running
work truck. The explosion resulted in more than 15 people losing their
lives and caused injuries to more than 170 other individuals.
November 2012: On November 6, 2012, an AmeriGas plant suffered from a propane explosion
in Montgomery County, just east of Conroe, Texas. Reports stated that
the primary cause of the incident was someone stepping on the line while
propane tanks were being filled, which caused a kink. The incident resulted
in at least two employees suffering severe burn injuries.
February 2013: On February 9, 2013, an Air Liquide cylinder plant exploded in La Porte,
Texas. It is believed that the explosion was triggered during the course
of chemicals being mixed, which was the primary function of the plant.
Around 20 employees were assigned to that facility; however, it was originally
unclear how many were present. Later reports stated one was killed and
one was injured.
March 2013: There were two separate explosions that occurred in March of 2013. On March
4, an Akzo Nobel polymer chemical plant in Deer Park, TX went up in flames
after a spontaneous combustion—resulting in at least one worker
suffering serious injuries. Then, on March 7, the American Steel Foundries
plant in Granite City, Illinois exploded, which was caused by gas catching
on fire near a grinding machine. 10 people were taken to hospitals for
April 2013: On April 17, 2013, tragedy struck West, TX—a small city just north
of Waco, TX with a population of only 2,800. The West Fertilizer Co. plant
exploded, causing injuries to more than 100 people and leaving an undetermined
amount of people dead and missing. The explosion also left a four-block
radius around the plant completely destroyed, with 50-75 houses demolished.
June 2013: On June 13, 2013,
the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, LA exploded and killed 2 while injuring 167 more. Our firm represented dozens of workers
from the Geismar plant explosion, fighting to get them the money they
needed to get medical treatment and provide for their families. Our efforts
eventually secured them
more than $30 million in two dramatic verdicts, followed by confidential settlements. Our team also proved in court that
Williams Olefins' upper management ignored a
known design flaw that put hundreds of workers at risk.
What are common causes of plant explosions?
Whenever we take on a case, the first thing we do is spring into action
to determine the cause of the incident.
"We have gone on numerous on-site inspections," said Attorney Kurt Arnold.
"Where we actually go out with our own eyes and our own ears and see
exactly how it is that the plant equipment works or should work and how
the operating procedures work or should work."
During these inspections, we often hire engineers and experts to come with
us so we have an even greater understanding of what we're looking
at, the documents we're seeing, and what it all means. On-site inspections
such as these are invaluable to helping determine what actually happened,
because the official reports do not always tell the true story.
All too often, we have seen how the causes of plant explosions could have
been entirely avoided. For example, many companies will continue to use
outdated equipment and technology, even though it has clearly aged. This
refusal to update plants or build new ones entirely unjustly puts workers
at risk, because corroding metal, useless technology, and malfunctioning
equipment can all be the cause of severe and even fatal industrial accidents.
Helping the Victims of Plant Explosion Protect Their Rights
At our firm, we recognize that there is likely a lot of confusion regarding
the process that you are facing. We want you to know that we are here
to help you through it. Out
Houston plant explosion lawyers have a history of representing the victims of explosions; we were involved
with cases that involved the 2005 plant explosion at the BP Amoco petrochemical
plant in Texas City, as well as the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon.
This is the type of hands-on experience you can trust.
Some of the different areas that we can help explain:
Talk to a plant explosion attorney from our firm!
If you have been injured in a plant explosion or even if you have had a
loved one who has suffered fatal injuries, it is important to remember
that you are not without hope. By getting the involvement of an experienced
attorney, you will be able to seek the necessary financial compensation
that you and your family deserve.
At Arnold & Itkin, we have been successful in recovering billions of
dollars. We are here to help guide you through this process. You need
to protect yourself, so do not hesitate to give us a call. Companies don't
have your best interests in mind so make sure to get us involved before
investigations start and interviews begin.
If you or a loved one have suffered,
contact a plant explosion lawyer
from our firm by calling 888-493-0401.