Mithoff Law has successfully represented clients affected by an industrial accident or chemical plant explosion in Texas for decades. No two cases are exactly alike, but Mithoff and his team have established a reputation for our comprehensive investigative approach to developing these cases.
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In a 2019 statement, Toby Baker, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) called the increased number of Texas chemical plant explosions an “unacceptable trend of significant incidents impacting the Gulf Coast region.”
Since 2005, more than a dozen major plant explosions have occurred in Texas. Unfortunately, Houstonians are all too familiar with the after-effects of such explosions, be they a telltale plume of smoke, a drop in air quality, or damage to nearby homes. After the smoke clears, the emergency responders go home, and the news coverage subsides, what remains in the aftermath of a Houston chemical plant explosion is more than just an accident scene.
The lives of injured or killed plant workers and their families are permanently changed. During those times, it can be hard for injured workers or mourning families to know where to turn. Considering whether or how to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim often adds additional stress during an already stressful time.
Fortunately, Mithoff Law has helped multiple clients and their families win or resolve high-profile matters related to chemical plant explosions, including:
Plant explosion in Texas City, Texas
During the 2004 Texas City plant explosion cases, Mithoff Law represented several families who lost loved ones as a result of the explosion. The firm quickly put its resources to work, gathering information about the incident and analyzing it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Those efforts yielded results, and Mithoff Law negotiated confidential settlements on behalf of its clients within months of the explosion.
Sugar mill explosion in Sugar Land, Texas
Mithoff Law represented a sugar mill worker who was severely burned and injured by an explosion at a mill in Sugar Land, Texas. Working with a team of experts, the firm discovered that the mill’s explosion suppression system had failed at a critical point in time. The worker received second- and third-degree burns over 40% of his body. Mithoff Law negotiated a $5.5 million settlement with the company responsible for installing the explosion suppression system.
What typically happens after you retain Mithoff Law for a Houston chemical plant explosion case?
Once retained by a client, Mithoff Law acts quickly. We aim to ensure that critical evidence is preserved and reviewed in coordination with teams of subject-matter experts.
Mithoff Law often sends out preservation letters to persons or companies who have either custody of evidence or control over the scene of an accident.
Evidence may include:
- Fragments of debris
- Video footage or photographs
- Witness statements
- Company incident reports
- OSHA or other governmental agency reports
- Other forms of physical or testimonial evidence
When this evidence is gathered, the subject-matter experts can then work to establish the root causes of an incident and identify any responsible parties.
The importance of subject-matter experts
The importance of subject-matter experts and their ability to assist in the development of industrial accident and plant explosion cases cannot be underestimated. Experts work in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to:
- Process safety
- Human factors
With our decades of experience in industrial accident and explosion cases, Mithoff Law is able to leverage an extensive network of subject-matter experts. We have developed professional relationships with highly-respected experts working in dozens of fields and specialties.
Hurt in a Houston chemical plant explosion? Call Mithoff Law.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a Texas chemical plant explosion, it’s in your best interest to seek skilled, trustworthy representation. Over the years, Mithoff Law’s rigorous, evidence-based approach to developing industrial accident and Houston chemical plant explosion cases has greatly benefited our clients.
To speak with a Mithoff Law chemical plant explosion attorney with decades of experience, call us at 713-654-1122.
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