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Property Damage from Plant Explosions

Plant explosions can manifest in a lot of ways; however, one of the most damaging ways in which they can be felt is in the actual property damage that they can cause. It is important to keep in mind that the actual explosion will not just be limited to the perimeters of the plant; in a lot of cases, the force will push outwards and pieces of the building itself can be flung in many directions. This can result in direct damage to adjacent properties—no matter whether this is vehicles, homes, or businesses. Should a business be damaged during a plant explosion, it will have the added complications of having to suspend the activities while repairs are made. In these cases, it might be necessary to pursue what is known as a business interruption claim to help cover the financial loss of suspended business.

In other cases, the damage done to property after a plant explosion might not be as readily apparent. For example, contamination from the explosion can take a long time before they are fully realized; however, this does not mean that it is not any less important. Groundwater, soil, and dust can all be contaminated from the toxins released in the explosion which can all cause long-term health risks to the local community. This can manifest in lung problems, the possibility of cancer, and many other diseases that result from the long-term and unknowing exposure to possible carcinogens.

What Property Owners Should Do After an Explosion

Following an explosion, it is important to keep calm. Your immediate actions may have a direct impact on the future unfolding of events, and it is distinctly important that you do everything possible to help yourself in the long run. There are several steps that can help you should it be necessary to pursue a property damage claim.

Some steps that you should be mindful of and should immediately complete following the incident include:

  • Carefully identify and take note of all damage.
  • Make a list of all damaged or missing items.
  • Take pictures! Having photographic evidence is invaluable.
  • Preserve any evidence that might be important in the claim.
  • Make temporary repairs but keep track of all receipts.
  • Call a local lawyer to help you assess the situation.

How a Plant Explosion Attorney Can Help

By getting the involvement of a plant explosion lawyer, it won't matter whether or not you have experienced immediate property damage or years after the explosion, you began to notice adverse effects from contamination. At Arnold & Itkin, we are well-versed in all matters relating to the statute of limitations (SOL) and can help you understand the timeframe you have following an explosion. In most cases, you have about two years following the incident to make a claim, but this can change depending on certain circumstances; for example, in cases where the damage is noted years down the line.

If you are unsure whether or not you still have time to file a claim, do not hesitate to contact an industrial accident attorney from our firm. Whether you are suffering from poor air quality or the results of roof damage, we are here to help. We have been able to recover billions of dollars on behalf of our clients and have been successful in handling complex litigation of all kinds. We were even involved in cases involving the 2013 Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, the 2005 explosion at the BP plant in Texas City, TX, and the offshore explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. Give us a call to learn more!

To get all of your questions answered, please contact Arnold & Itkin today!

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