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History of Plant & Refinery Explosions

Plant and refinery explosions are extremely dangerous—even deadly. If you've been hurt, an attorney from our firm can help you establish liability to collect compensation for serious injuries sustained in an explosion accident. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to collect money for medical bills, missed wages, and other financial burdens related to your accident and injury. If you've suffered a severe burn or other serious injury, speak with a plant explosion lawyer from Arnold & Itkin today. We want to help you get the money you need and deserve.

Historical Explosion Accidents

Industrial plants are extremely valuable; however, they can be dangerous. Sadly, plant and refinery explosions have been a relatively common occurrence in the U.S. since the industrial revolution. For example, in March of 1905, 58 people were killed when a steam boiler exploded in the Grover Shoe Factory. The explosion and resulting fire was caused by a poorly maintained boiler and destroyed the entire building. Today, equipment safety regulations and guidelines are in place to prevent similar accidents. If the boiler had been properly maintained, it may not have exploded.

On May 2, 1878, a dust explosion occurred at the Washburn "A" Mill in Minneapolis. At the time, the mill was the largest flour mill in the United States. The accident occurred when flour dust inside the building ignited and destroyed the mill and the surrounding area. 18 people were killed in the accident. After the explosion, the demolished building caught on fire and destroyed 5 surrounding mills. The accident reduced the city's milling capacity by 33% and is commonly called the "Great Mill Disaster." Although the tragedy was devastating, its notoriety led to reforms in the milling industry.

Recent Explosion Accidents

On a warm June morning in 2013, the workers of the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana were only a few hours into the day's work when a reboiler tank suddenly exploded. Two people who were standing near the tank were killed, while 167 other workers throughout the plant were injured. The cause of the explosion was eventually determined to be a design flaw in the reboiler valves—a design flaw that Williams had known about for years.

Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a dozen workers from the Geismar explosion, helping them secure $30+ million total in two verdicts. The results of the two trials—scheduled only weeks apart—is helping those workers recover while providing for their families. The results also forced Williams Olefins to finally take their employees' safety seriously.

Although safety procedures, regulations, and enforcement have improved, plant and refinery explosions continue to plague the United States. However, accident victims today have the opportunity to pursue financial compensation for injuries sustained in explosions and other accidents. This opportunity was not offered to workers in the past. For example, Enterprise Products suffered a serious of explosions and a subsequent fire that could be seen from seven miles away. The accident occurred in Mont Belvieu, Texas—a town that was already notorious for explosions and gas leaks since the 1980s. In 2011, Enterprise was one of the largest shippers and processors of natural gas in the United States.

Compensation for Plant Explosion Damages

At Arnold & Itkin, we believe that plant explosion victims have the right to collect financial compensation for injuries suffered in devastating chemical plant explosion accidents. These types of occurrences are far too common. If you or a loved one has been injured, take the first steps toward the money you deserve and contact a plant explosion attorney today

If your business has suffered because of an explosion accident that wasn't your fault, you may be able to file a business interruption claim. Our attorneys are well-versed in all practice areas related to injuries or industrial accidents. We have recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. A lawyer from Arnold & Itkin can help you establish liability and understand your legal rights. The sooner we hear from you, the faster we can help. Call today!

Client's portion of total recovery may be subject to Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement claims, Medicare/Medicaid liens or other third-party claims or liens. These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Arnold & Itkin, LLP. These listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

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