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- Use of outdated equipment.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
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!