Chemical Plant Accidents
Houston Chemical Plant Explosion Lawyer
When a Houston chemical plant explosion happens, injuries, loss of life, and damages to property can be staggering. Thankfully, there are safety measures in place to reduce the risk of an accident and experienced personal injury lawyers who can help you explore your options.
The team at Mithoff Law has handled multiple workplace explosion cases ranging from Deepwater Horizon to a sugar plant explosion. We work diligently to hold all parties accountable for any negligence.
If you or a loved one was injured by a Houston chemical plant explosion, call 713-654-1122 to get the help you need.
“Mithoff has been one of Houston’s most respected attorneys for decades, handling such high-profile cases as the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Enron-related litigation on behalf of J.P, Morgan Chase and highly publicized bus and plant explosions.”
– Houston Chronicle, June 26, 2019
What causes chemical plant explosions?
There were more plant and refinery explosions in Texas and Louisiana between 2017 and 2018 than in the previous 5 years combined. Many fires, explosions, and other industrial accidents can often be traced back to:
- Maintenance issues
- Regulatory violations
- Lack of process safety management
- Plant design or construction defects
There are generally a variety of factors that can directly cause or contribute to industrial accidents. Our team leads investigations that include an in-depth analysis of the accident scene, witness interviews, and inspection records to uncover the root and systemic cause of the accident and determine which parties may be responsible.
What makes chemical plants dangerous?
Chemical plants often contain volatile hydrocarbons, liquids, and gases that ignite when exposed to heat or other ignition sources.
Because of the extreme risk involved with working around harmful and combustible chemicals, there are typically many safeguards in place. These safeguard, when followed, are intended to reduce the risk of chemical plant explosions, fires, and other industrial accidents.
Process hazard analysis, job safety analysis, lockout procedures, and the use of safe equipment are a few ways companies can protect their employees.
Governing bodies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have regulations in place for chemical plants to promote safety, and typically conduct their own investigations when a Houston chemical plant explosion occurs.
Common chemical plant explosion injuries
The Department of Labor reports that nearly 3 million people are injured in workplace accidents each year. While Houston chemical plant explosions make up a fraction of the annual injuries, such accidents often result in serious injuries or death.
Plant and refinery fires and explosions can cause:
Medical bills, funeral costs, and lost wages may cost more than the amount of compensation insurance companies or responsible parties offer. If you or a loved one were seriously injured as a result of a chemical plant accident from Deer Park to Crosby, Texas, hire an experienced chemical plant explosion lawyer from Mithoff Law to explore your options.
Other types of workplace accidents
Working at a chemical plant can be a dangerous occupation, but that doesn’t mean responsible persons can get away with causing injuries or death. Today’s workforce shouldn’t have to worry about not coming home at the end of their shift due to another’s fault.
Our team has handled accidents ranging from:
Regardless of where you work and what occurred, our workplace personal injury attorneys are ready to review your case and give you the best legal advice possible.
Why trust a chemical plant accident lawyer from Mithoff Law?
Richard Mithoff and the team at Mithoff Law are not strangers to high-profile plant and rig accidents; their clients have won millions from large corporations involved in Houston chemical plant explosions.
From the Wyman-Gordon explosion case where 50 acts of negligence caused the death of 7 workers to beating Firestone and Sears in a landmark product liability case, Richard Mithoff has delivered substantial results for his clients.
The Mithoff team also counseled for five of the 15 families suffering a loss of life in the BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion, resulting in tens of millions recovered by injured workers and their families.
While every case is unique, our goals are universal. We strive to get the compensation our clients and their families deserve in the shortest amount of time possible so you can focus on healing while those accountable are forced to focus on their actions.
To put your case in good hands, call 713-654-1122.