If you have been injured in a serious accident in a chemical plant, an oil refinery or similar industrial setting, you may be entitled to file a claim for financial compensation. The same is true if your family has lost a loved one in an industrial accident of this type. It is important to consult with a Houston plant accident lawyer as early as possible after such an accident, in order to learn whether you have grounds for legal action and to ensure that your rights are protected in the situation.
You cannot count on your employer and the insurance company, unfortunately, to look out for your best interests. After all, their primary concern is to minimize their own losses by avoiding liability to pay you for your claim.
Before taking any further action on the case, come to The Daspit Law Firm so that we can review the situation and advise you of the legal options that may be available to you.
According to information published by the Greater Houston Partnership, there are more than 700 establishments in Houston and the surrounding areas engaged in manufacturing chemical and plastic products. In addition to these, there are numerous oil refineries, including two of the four largest refineries in the United States.
Tens of thousands of Houstonians work in the manufacturing and refining industries, and these businesses play an enormous role in the health and vitality of the local economy. Manufacturing plants and chemical refineries, however, are notoriously dangerous workplaces, and many men and women who find employment in these industries face the threat of injury or death every day they go to work.
The most dramatic type of refinery accident is an explosion, in which dozens or hundreds of workers may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. Even accidents that do not make news headlines, however, have the potential to injure, maim and kill the workers who have the misfortune to be involved.
Heavy machinery can mangle and even sever limbs. Falling objects can crush workers. Scalding hot liquids or vapors can cause burn injuries, and toxic chemical exposure can result in severe and debilitating injuries or potentially life-threatening illness.
Workplace accidents in plants, factories and oil refineries may be caused by carelessness or recklessness on the part of co-workers, by lack of supervision from management, or other types of negligence on the part of the employer.
In some cases, an investigation will discover that the accident was caused by corroded or damaged equipment, and that routine inspections and maintenance should have prevented the tragedy. In other cases, fault for the accident may be based on the employer's failure to implement safety regulations and to provide adequate training of crews.
If you believe that your accident was preventable, contact our firm for a free case evaluation so that we can investigate the situation and begin developing a strategy for pursuing the financial compensation that you deserve.
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