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Plant Explosion Health Risks

Texas Plant Explosion Attorneys

Have you suffered an injury in a plant explosion? Have you lost a loved one because a careless owner or employee failed to follow safety guidelines? You may be entitled to compensation. At Arnold & Itkin, we are whole-heartedly dedicated to giving our clients the best legal representation we can offer. We can help you pursue the financial compensation you need and deserve. Call our office and schedule a case evaluation to learn more about our firm and see what our plant explosion attorneys can do for your case. From handling the BP Texas City plant explosion to incidents throughout Texas and even nationwide, the lawyers at our firm have the experience, passion, and resources to fight for you.

Watch the video below to learn more about plant explosion cases:

Plant Explosions: Our Firm Can Help

Plant explosions are extremely dangerous. Often, they are deadly. Sadly, chemical explosions may leave victims with invisible damage-injuries and consequences that will not manifest themselves until years later. Many times, industrial workers walk away from chemical accidents and feel lucky. In reality, they could have suffered serious internal damage or been exposed to cancer-causing agents released into the air during the accident. Exposure to toxic chemicals can leave accident victims dealing with serious, enduring health complications. That's why the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are passionate about fighting for the rights of their clients. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an explosion accident or been exposed to dangerous chemicals, a plant explosion lawyer from our firm wants to hear from you.

History of the BP Texas City Explosion

On March 23, 2005, Texas City was rocked when the BP refinery exploded, killing 15 of the BP workers and injuring more than 170 other individuals. At the time of the incident, the refinery was the second largest oil refinery in the Lone Star State and the third largest in the entire nation. The explosion became the center of a national controversy due to the numerous failings which came to the national stage during subsequent investigations.

These failures included the following:

  • Cost-cutting that led to safety hazards;
  • Failure to properly invest in safe infrastructure;
  • Poor corporate oversight;
  • Lack of focus on safety;
  • Improper training of employees and operators;
  • Flawed communication; and
  • Use of outdated equipment.

Since the explosion, BP has been faced with criminal charges, as well as several civil lawsuits brought forward by the families of those who were killed in the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) even slapped BP with a record-breaking fine, and later hit them with an even larger one because, despite the devastating events of March 23, BP had still failed to implement better policies & procedures.

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we worked with several of the workers who were injured at that refinery and sought to help them recover just financial compensation. By working on that case, we saw first-hand what happened when corporations place an emphasis on profit instead of employee safety: disaster. We consider it our duty to help the victims of such accidents.

According to Attorney Jason Itkin:
"Working in industrial plants & refineries is important work. It's hard work, but it's not always safe work. Unfortunately, for the men and women who work in the plants, their safety is often times put at risk; whether that's aging equipment, operator errors, or the safety policies and procedures being written down on a piece of paper but not actually be followed in the plants."

About the Deepwater Horizon Explosion

In what is known as the single biggest maritime disaster in the nation's history, the Deepwater Horizon explosion was one of the most publicized and talked about incidents in 2010. When the crew & family members needed a firm to represent them, nearly a third of them chose to work with the injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. During these incredibly trying times, the families need the guidance, care, and help of a firm who actually can help.

Watch the video below by actual crew members about their experience with Arnold & Itkin after that deadly explosion:

Serious Medical Complications

Sometimes, you may not realize the extent of the physical damage you suffered until after the explosion. Chemical plant explosions can result in in internal damage and chemical burns. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), you are exposed to chemicals every day-not all chemical exposure is harmful. However, overexposure to certain types of chemicals can lead to internal burns, cancer, and disfigurement.

Chemical exposure can damage your respiratory system, renal system, respiratory system, and reproductive system. Depending on the amount of exposure, your nervous system and immune system may suffer as well. After an explosion, it is imperative that you make sure that you have not suffered any damage from chemical exposure.

Understanding the Danger of Ammonia & Toxic Exposure

In recent years, one source of complications for plant explosion victims is exposure to ammonia, a nitrogen and hydrogen compound. There are many uses for ammonia; however, in 2004, it was found that more than 80% of it was used in the manufacturing of fertilizer. Other uses include the following:

  • Oxidizing agent for explosive devices;
  • Solution in general purpose cleaner;
  • In the fermentation industry;
  • Antimicrobial agent for animal feed; and
  • Even as a refrigerant.

When a plant explosion occurs, it can release ammonia into the air, which can have immediate and long-term effects for those who are exposed. The OSHA has set a strict 15-minute exposure limit on ammonia; however, this cannot be adhered to when it is released in mass quantities into the air. Studies have shown that ammonia poisoning can have serious side effects, regardless of whether it was breathed in from the air or drank after it dissolved in water.

Some symptoms of ammonia poisoning include the following:

  • Coughing, chest pain and chest tightness;
  • Burning eyes and temporary blindness;
  • Pain in the threat or mouth;
  • Rapid / weak pulse; and
  • Lips and fingernails turning blue.

In the aftermath of a plant explosion, there is more danger than meets the eye. While damage from flying shrapnel and debris may be the first thing that comes to mind, the exposure to released gases and toxins can be just as devastating.

Seeking Financial Compensation

At Arnold & Itkin, we have vast experience working with accident victims. We are dedicated to helping victims of industrial explosions and other accidents get the money they need for medical bills, missed wages, and other costs. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients in verdicts and insurance settlements. Contact us 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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