People injured in catastrophic chemical plant, oil refinery, or other industrial factory accident can seek compensation through a personal injury claim. The situation will be immediately problematic, though, by the fact that refineries will have a sizeable insurance company defending them. Even when you knowingly deserve some sort of workers’ compensation coverage, you cannot expect your employer and their acting insurance company to prioritize your health and wellbeing. They are businesses that thrive when profits are maximized and losses are minimized.
If you need compensation after a plant or refinery accident, protect your best interests and enhance your chances of success by working with The Daspit Law Firm. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys are experienced in complex injury claims, including those that occur in industrial settings.
Texas is the center of the nation’s energy and refinery industries. In the greater Houston region alone, there are more than 700 properties dedicated to chemical and oil collecting, drilling, refining, and processing. Due to the enormous presence of these industries, tens of thousands of people are employed by such companies and corporations. With so many industrial sites and workers across the state, refinery accidents often happen when safety is not the number-one priority.
Refinery accidents are almost always catastrophic in nature. Explosions and raging fires are perhaps the most damaging and dangerous types of refinery accidents. Depending on where a blaze or explosion originates, dozens of workers can be injured, or possibly killed, in a single incident.
Other types of refinery accidents are caused by equipment and structural failures. For example, workers can be crushed under falling objects, or in between or inside industrial machinery. Even if an employee at an industrial plant is never involved in a catastrophic accident, they may discover years later that they have contracted a dangerous disease or cancer due to repeated exposure to toxic chemicals.
Although it can be argued that chemical plants and refineries are inherently dangerous workplaces, the majority of industrial accidents can be traced back to negligence. Supervisors, site managers, and parent companies have unshakable responsibilities to ensure safety protocols are understood, implemented, and maintained. When the duty to act safely is neglected by just one person, it unfairly puts everyone at the refinery in jeopardy.
In many other situations, it is not one act of egregious neglect that triggers an accident, but the repeated failures of maintenance crewmembers and inspectors. Refineries have so many moving parts and particular equipment that must be constantly maintained. Failing to spot a defect or problem early on can lead to a violent accident later, such as an explosion caused by a broken pressure regulator.
When you or a loved one are seriously injured in a plant and refinery accident, contact our law firm as soon as you can. We provide clients all the representation and services they require, from initial investigations to litigation.
All too often, accident victims are steamrolled by insurance companies determined to minimize or deny their claims. Don't let this happen to you. Hire us to fight for the compensation you deserve.