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By Jim Adler September 15, 2016

The Texas Gulf Coast has a high concentration of oil and gas refineries, petrochemical plants and related industrial facilities. For decades many of these have been the site of catastrophic refinery explosions.

Families of victims should know what to do after a tragic refinery explosion causing injury or death. That includes exercising their legal right to claim economic compensation for their losses with a refinery explosion lawsuit.

Indeed, legal protection is needed for victims who reside in Houston, Pasadena, Channelview, Texas City, Beaumont, Baytown, Galveston, Port Comfort, Palacios, Orange, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen, Port Arthur, La Porte, Conroe, Bay City, Freeport and other parts of Southeast Texas or the Texas Gulf Coast.

Such legal protection can come after an explosion at an oil refinery or chemical plant owned by such companies as BP, Arco, Montsanto, ExxonMobil or Amoco. Jim Adler & Associates can provide these legal services at no up-front cost to victims.

Refinery Explosion Injuries

Refinery or petrochemical plant explosions with injuries can involve a number of hazardous, flammable and combustible elements, including:

  • Gasoline
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas
  • Ammonia
  • Steam
  • Acid

With unsafe handling of such chemicals and elements, explosions can erupt at petrochemical, gas and oil plants and refineries. In fact, such refinery explosions can be enormous and can produce heat exceeding 1,000 degrees.

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Refinery explosion lawsuits then may be needed when workers or nearby residents suffer such awful consequences as:

  • Burns, including third-degree burns
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Fractures bones
  • Crushing injuries from falling debris
  • Death

Refinery Explosion Causes

As for refinery explosion causes, numerous refinery and chemical plant facilities are old and in poor working condition. Many large corporations which own such facilities are slow to pay for upgrades and safety improvements when it comes to equipment, machinery and the plants as a whole.

Owners and operators also may fail to train workers adequately, and third-party contractors also may be negligent when it comes to safety. Owners also may fail to follow OSHA regulations and safety codes and may fail to provide warning signs while improperly using such flammable elements as benzene or natural gas.

Such negligence on the part of contractors or refinery or chemical plant owners, when it causes tragic injuries or deaths to workers or nearby residents, can be the basis of a refinery explosion injury lawsuit.

What Should Victims’ Families Do?

As for what victims’ families should do after a tragic refinery explosion injury or death, they should quickly contact an injury attorney with Jim Adler & Associates for help in protecting their legal rights. While workers compensation insurance may be considered, victims should not accept a quick settlement or payoff from an oil company or an insurer which vastly underpays what their injury is worth.

For legal remedies, families should be ready to act with copies of work history records, insurance policies, medical bills, funeral expenses, power of attorney, wills, testaments, photos and other pertinent means of establishing a victim’s identity, connection to the explosion and legal rights.

A refinery explosion lawyer with Jim Adler & Associates then can determine the best course of action. That may mean filing a refinery explosion lawsuit to claim payments for lost present and future wages, hospital and medical costs, and pain and suffering resulting from a refinery explosion accident.

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