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Attorneys Serving Workers Injured at Chemical Plants in Houston, Texas, and Throughout the Nation

Oil and gas is big business in Houston and other areas of Texas. With multiple companies employing tens of thousands of workers in the industry, many people in the state make their living through work at refineries and other facilities.

Working in the oil and gas industry is dangerous. However, when companies follow the proper procedures, the risk of serious injuries and death should decrease. Unfortunately, corporations often put profits ahead of their employees’ safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a refinery or other chemical plant, or you lost a loved one at one of these facilities, contact Patrick Daniel Law at (713) 999-6666 today for a free case review. Our team serves clients in the greater Houston area, all of Texas, and nationwide.

Causes of Refinery Accidents

Working with hazardous chemicals comes with a number of dangers. Fires, explosions, and exposure to toxic materials are just a few of the accidents that can endanger workers’ health and safety.

However, these are not the only dangers workers face. Other causes of accidents in these workplaces include:

  • Falling objects
  • Being caught in or between equipment
  • Falls from heights
  • Electrocution

Accidents in oil and gas facilities may be the result of:

  • Defective equipment, including boilers, pipes, pumps, tanks, and more
  • Poor maintenance of equipment
  • Failure to detect corrosion of metal parts
  • Using natural gas to clean pipes
  • Buildup of pressurized and flammable gases
  • Buildup of combustible dust and particulates

Another leading factor in plant and refinery accidents is negligent supervision of workers. Oil and gas companies have a responsibility to ensure that employees are in compliance with federal safety regulations governing their operations. When supervisors and managers fail to do their jobs, serious and even deadly accidents may occur.

Inadequate training of employees may also be a factor in refinery and plant accidents. Ultimately, the company is responsible for ensuring that its employees abide by workplace safety standards and know how to handle heavy equipment and dangerous materials safely. Disaster often occurs when companies cut corners on employee training.

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Injuries in Plant & Refinery Accidents

Given the hazardous chemicals involved, accidents at plants and refineries carry a high risk of serious, life-altering injuries. These include:

Tragically, in some cases workers perish from their injuries in refinery and chemical plant accidents, with catastrophic events like explosions and fires often resulting in multiple fatalities. These disasters also present long-term risks, as those exposed may later develop severe respiratory illness, cancer, and other serious illnesses due to the release of toxic chemicals.

Explosions and fires at refineries and petrochemical plants can be devastating not only for workers who are on site, but for nearby communities as well. Homes have been damaged and entire neighborhoods in the vicinity of a plant or refinery have been evacuated in the wake of explosions and fires.

Liability for Refinery and Plant Accidents

You might think workers’ compensation is your only recourse after suffering an injury on the job at a refinery or plant. However, this may not be the only avenue you have for recovery.

If the accident was the result of extreme negligence on the company’s part, you may be able to sue for the losses you and your family have sustained. Other parties may be liable as well, including:

  • The manufacturer of defective equipment at the plant
  • A company that fails to label dangerous equipment or hazardous materials
  • Companies that own and operate tanker trucks coming into or going out of the refinery
  • Contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of the plant

Major oil and gas companies will always try to pass the buck when an accident happens. When you contact an experienced attorney, you improve the likelihood of recovering the compensation you deserve from the party or parties responsible.

Compensation for Plant and Refinery Accidents

Considering the number of people typically affected and the extent and severity of injuries, the damages sought in cases involving explosions, fires, and other accidents at plants and refineries are often very high. And for good reason: The worst oil and gas disasters have resulted in hundreds of serious injuries and multiple deaths.

The amount of compensation recoverable in your claim will depend on your individual losses. Generally, you may be able to recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity, if you are unable to work going forward
  • Out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury (i.e., medications; a cane, crutches, or wheelchair; travel to and from doctor appointments; modifications to your home and/or vehicle; etc.)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of consortium

At Patrick Daniel Law, we are strategic in our approach to each case. We meticulously build your claim based on the evidence and the injuries you have suffered. Then, we mercilessly pursue the compensation you deserve from all of the parties at fault.

Fire and Explosion at an Oil Refinery

Wrongful Death Claims in Plant and Refinery Accidents

Fatalities are a common, tragic occurrence in oil and gas facility disasters. If you lose a loved one in a fire, explosion, or other accident at a plant or a refinery, our lawyers can pursue a wrongful death claim on your family’s behalf.

The damages recoverable in a wrongful death claim will depend on the losses you and your family have suffered. Generally, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Lost income
  • Loss of benefits and inheritance
  • Cost of funeral services and burial or cremation
  • Loss of care and household services
  • Medical expenses prior to your loved one’s death
  • Loss of consortium, care, and companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance (if the deceased had children)

The loss of a loved one is emotionally devastating. It can also put your family in difficult financial circumstances. If your loved one worked in oil and gas and his or her death is the result of negligence on the part of the company or another party, you deserve to be compensated.

How Patrick Daniel Law Can Help with Your Refinery Accident Case

After the fires are extinguished in the wake of a refinery or plant accident, an extensive investigation will generally follow. Agencies such as the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will determine what caused the explosion or fire. Other accidents may be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state or local authorities. The company will likely perform its own investigation as well.

Although the findings of CSB, OSHA, and other agencies are crucial for getting to the bottom of oil and gas industry accidents, it is important to have your own qualified legal team who can investigate the accident on your behalf and protect your rights and interests.

The attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law have extensive experience in complex litigation claims. We gather crucial evidence and work with experts in the oil and gas industry and other fields to determine what caused the accident. Then, we strategically and meticulously build your claim, and mercilessly pursue the full compensation you deserve.

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Considering the important role the petroleum industry plays in the Texas economy, oil and gas companies may seem untouchable. This is not the case, and the lawyers at Patrick Daniel Law make it their mission to hold negligent companies accountable for serious accidents at oil refineries and chemical plants.

Contact Our Explosion & Refinery Accident Lawyers Today

Workers in the oil and gas industry know the risks when they go to work. However, what they don’t expect is the company to take shortcuts that compromise their safety. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a fire, explosion, or other accident at a plant or refinery, Patrick Daniel Law has the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to help you and your family.

Please call (713) 999-6666 or contact us online today for a free consultation. Our lawyers serve oil and gas workers throughout the Houston area and all of Texas, as well as nationwide.

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