Industrial Accidents and Explosions

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Explosions, fires and industrial accidents that cause the loss of life or severe injury to people and their homes can frequently be traced to process safety management failures, maintenance issues, regulatory violations, or design, manufacturing or premises defects.  Mithoff Law has experience representing clients involved in plant and refinery explosions and fires (including steam, petrochemical, and gas), pipeline incidents, chemical spills and exposure incidents, industrial accidents, and home explosions or fires.  Together with our experts, we thoroughly investigate the product or situation and perform root cause, system cause or systemic cause analyses.  These investigations often involve in-depth analysis of process safety management and regulatory elements or violations (including CSB, OSHA and NTSB).  We strive to hold companies and their management to account for safety in the workplace.

Recent examples of Mithoff Law cases include:

Mithoff Law represents the wrongful death beneficiaries of an electrical lineman who was electrocuted and killed while working from a helicopter that lowered the worker onto an electrical tower, when the worker came into contact with an energized wire.  Plaintiffs have asserted negligence and gross negligence claims against the operator of the helicopter, Source Helicopters, and negligence claims against the owner and/or operator of the electrical transmission tower and lines, Entergy. The suit is presently pending in federal district court in the Eastern District of Texas.  Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan, Joseph R. Alexander, Jr. and Warner Hocker represent the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented a man who suffered permanent and disabling injuries when he was doused with hot water while engaged in pipeline cleaning at an industrial terminal in Deer Park, Texas. Plaintiffs alleged that the terminal owner negligently failed to provide the man with a safe place to work, and negligently failed to enforce policies and procedures at the terminal.  The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Janie Jordan and Warner Hocker represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented the wrongful death beneficiary of an individual who was killed by an object that fell from a forklift being operated by the defendant’s employee at an industrial site. The Plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in several respects, including in failing to follow proper safety procedures, and in failing to properly train its employees in the proper use and operation of forklifts. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Janie Jordan represented the Plaintiff.

Mithoff Law represented individuals who were severely burned as a result of a fire that occurred at Brennan’s Restaurant in Houston. Plaintiffs alleged that the owners of the restaurant were negligent and grossly negligent in several respects, including failing to ensure the building was in compliance with relevant fire and building codes, and failing to provide adequate fire detection, suppression and warning devices in the building. Plaintiffs also asserted professional negligence claims against an engineering firm that had been involved in a remodeling of the restaurant prior to the fire. The lawsuit was settled during trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff and Sherie Beckman represented the Plaintiffs.

Mithoff Law represented the wrongful death beneficiaries and estate of a man who was killed when his home exploded. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants, including the gas company, failed to properly locate and repair a previously reported gas leak, and also alleged that defendants failed to properly follow up, inspect, and repair the leak, and failed to properly warn the deceased homeowner of the dangers posed by the leak. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander and Janie Jordan represented the Plaintiffs.  

 

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