Chemical plant and refinery accidents are unfortunately all too common. Every year, hundreds of plant and refinery workers suffer serious injuries, face long-term health problems, or even die because of the plant operator's negligence or oversight. For the injured worker and their family, accidents can wreak physical, financial, emotional havoc.
Understanding the factors that caused the accident at a chemical plant or refinery is essential to receiving just compensation for any injuries you've suffered. Knowledgeable professionals must conduct a comprehensive investigation to piece together exactly what went wrong.
As personal injury lawyers, we investigate chemical plant and refinery accidents by taking several actions.
First, we hire experts who have extensive experience in chemical plant or refinery accidents and who have investigated similar accidents. An expert will analyze the evidence found at the accident site and in any related documents, like Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and other data. Based on these findings, they can then offer an opinion as to how and why the accident occurred. The expert opinion is often crucial in establishing the liability of a defendant in a personal injury claim.
We also review the investigations performed by government officials. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, for example, usually performs its own exhaustive inquiry when there's been an accident or a fire at a chemical plant, producing reports of a 100 pages or more. We painstakingly review any relevant government report and assess it in light of the information we’ve received from the experts.
Finally, we interview the owners and operators of the plants and any witnesses to the accident. Their insights will provide critical information about potential safety violations and the actions of key players on the day of the accident.
Once we have all of this information, we'll determine which parties, if any, are liable for the chemical plant accident claim. If it makes sense to move the claim against an owner, operator, or third-party, we will work hard to build a compelling case with the most persuasive evidence possible.
Chemical plants and refineries are can be very dangerous environments. The inevitable presence of heavy machinery and equipment, and flammable, explosive, or otherwise hazardous substances hold the potential for disaster and massive injuries. For this reason, the Occupational and Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has established numerous rules that plant and refinery operators must follow to ensure safety. Unfortunately, when operators fail to uphold their responsibilities, accidents happen, and employees get injured.
Accidents may arise from a number of factors, including:
When many people think of chemical plant and refinery accidents, they picture the massive ones: explosions, fires or being crushed by heavy equipment. But many devastating injuries arise from more understated incidents as well, including slip and falls, getting struck by a falling object, or exposure to hazardous chemicals or materials.
The injuries arising from these incidents can include:
It can take weeks, months, or even years to recover from these injuries. Some workers will never fully recover.
If you’ve been in a chemical plant or refinery accident, take the following steps immediately to preserve your health and potential compensation claim.
Our plant and refinery accident attorneys fight on injured workers or their families’ behalf and to hold those responsible for the accident accountable. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries following a chemical plant or refinery accident, contact us today. We are ready to assess your claim and help you seek compensation.