Corpus Christi Plant Explosion Lawyers
Helping the Survivors of Catastrophic Plant & Refinery Accidents
Plant explosions are catastrophic by definition. They change lives forever, either by inflicting life-altering injuries on workers or creating a lifetime of grief for loved ones after a fatal incident. The fallout of a plant accident, either environmentally or emotionally, can leave lifelong scars. Companies should do everything they can to prevent refinery explosions; instead, they create unnecessary risks in the name of keeping costs low.
As Corpus Christi plant injury lawyers, we've investigated numerous industrial disasters—some of the worst ones in U.S. history. Every time, we are grieved to learn that the injuries and loss of life created by these accidents are preventable. One case we investigated could have been fixed in a few minutes for a few dollars. The only reason it wasn't implemented? Because the easy solution would have slowed down production. That's unacceptable in the industrial world, but in the real world, it's loss of life that's unacceptable.
Corpus Christi plant workers suffer severe industrial injuries of all kinds, including:
- Blunt force trauma
- Toxic exposure
- Head injuries
- Loss of vision
Arnold & Itkin stands with the survivors of plant explosions and refinery accidents. Our Corpus Christ plant explosion lawyers refuse to let the survivors of life-altering accidents scrape by on their own—not when the company could do the right thing and pay for the mistakes they made. We've seen loyal employees expect their company to be loyal to them in return...only to see them be abandoned and blamed for their injuries. Companies that were praising your performance one week will suddenly be investigating the accident for signs that it was your fault. Meanwhile, you're left wondering how you're going to provide for your family.
Fight for your family's best chance at stability. Fight to make things right with your employer. Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to tell us what happened.
The Largest Plants & Refineries in Corpus Christi, TX
- Corpus Christi Complex (Flint Hills Resources)
- Corpus Christi Refinery (Citgo)
- Corpus Christi East & West Refinery (Valero)
Corpus Christi Oil Refinery Accidents & Explosions
Corpus Christi oil refineries play an essential role in American industry. They are responsible for processing crude oil, transforming and refining it into products like gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, petroleum gas, and more. However, because they deal with volatile substances, they are sometimes the sites of catastrophic explosions.
An oil refinery explosion can level an entire facility, destroying everyone and anything in its path. Workers who aren't injured in the initial blast may be harmed or even killed while trying to escape the refinery. Evacuation injuries are common, as workers frantically try to get out of harm's way. Severe burns, crush and impact injuries, and psychological trauma are other serious consequences of oil refinery explosions. In these cases, workers need the best Corpus Christi oil refinery accident attorneys they can get. At Arnold & Itkin, we strive day in and day out to help injured refinery workers and their families rebuild after these tragic (and often preventable) accidents.
Why Do Plant & Refinery Accidents Happen?
Our Corpus Christi plant explosion attorneys have investigated the cases for hundreds of plant workers; often, when they get hurt, it's because someone decided cheap production was more important than people's lives. It's why decades-old plants have neglected equipment, untrained workers, and poor emergency preparation.
Our Corpus Christi plant injury lawyers ensure our workers get what they need to moveforward:
- $97 Million – Our Corpus Christi plant burn attorneys won a massive settlement for refinery accident survivors who were burned in a fire. The settlement helped them pay for the wages they lost while recovering and for the extensive medical care they needed.
- $39.7 Million – Our plant explosion lawyers obtained a massive verdict for an explosion survivor working at a plywood plant. The client's skin was falling apart due to the incident, which required numerous surgeries and would require more in the future. The verdict helped him pay for those surgeries and provide for his basic needs during recovery.
- $15.45 Million – We won a massive verdict for four workers who were injured in the 2013 plant explosion in Geismar. Williams Olefins attempted to limit their workers' claims by passing the blame, but the jury saw through their act. The company was assigned 98% of the blame for the explosion.
- $18.5 Million – In the second Geismar plant explosion trial, we held both Williams Olefins and SABIC accountable for their negligence. SABIC is a worldwide petrochemical company with a 16% stake in the Louisiana plant. This verdict is what forced the company to take its workers' claims seriously.
The Long-Term Effect of Explosion Injuries
Explosions are violent, fiery, and traumatic, resulting in physical and psychological injuries. Physically, the shockwave of an explosion can cause serious blunt force injuries. The heat and fire cause severe burn injuries, potentially requiring skin grafts or amputation. We have also represented workers with orthopedic damage, including injuries to the neck and back, who were hurt while running away from an explosion.
The long-term effects of these injuries are numerous:
- Inability to make a living
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Chronic or constant pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental anguish
All of these injuries, even the emotional ones, have a financial impact. People with traumatic stress may not be able to return to their job or have to find a different career. The loss of a job compounds the medical costs that come with an injury, putting families at serious risk of losing everything they've worked hard to save.
Wrongful Death Caused by Plant & Refinery Accidents
The death of a loved one is an indescribable loss. When plant workers die in accidents, their loved ones bear the cost of it—emotionally, financially, and psychologically. Our firm fights to ensure the impact of wrongful death is mitigated by the company that allowed it to happen. With many plant workers serving as the sole providers for their families, our work helps ensure our clients can put food on the table and keep their homes.
Wrongful death suits fight for economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Funeral and medical costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental care
- Loss of income and benefits
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Helping After Catastrophic Pipeline Explosions in Corpus Christi
When it comes to America's energy infrastructure, there are few methods of transportation as efficient, cost-effective, and fast as pipelines. There are millions of miles of pipeline throughout the U.S. taking natural gas, oil, and other resources where they're needed. Since 1960, the mileage of gas pipelines has nearly tripled, and the mileage of oil pipelines has nearly doubled since 2001. However, there's a problem with that.
Companies that own or lease these pipelines are responsible for ensuring they're safe. However, in many cases, companies will spend as little time, labor, and equipment to meet the bare minimum of safety requirements. That means stretches of aging, leaking pipes aren't getting the attention they need, which inevitably leads to pipeline failure. When these pipeline failures injure workers, companies need to be held accountable.
The Consequences of Pipeline Failure
Most of the oil pipelines in the world run through Texas, as we're the state with the bulk of the nation's oilfields. Data suggests that pipeline failures will inevitably become more common if we don't invest massive resources into updating and maintaining the millions of miles of pipeline we've built. History seems to confirm the data. The most common pipeline accidents occur in Texas and Louisiana, harming numerous workers every year.
Countless workers in Texas and Louisiana will suffer life-changing injuries in the future if we don't hold companies accountable for the harm they're causing today. Our Corpus Christi pipeline explosion lawyers believe it's our duty to stand up for injured workers and ensure they have the money they need. Our law firm has won billions of dollars for people injured in some of the worst industrial and maritime disasters in the nation's history. If you've been injured, speak with our Corpus Christi pipeline explosion lawyers today.
The Orion Group Pipeline Explosion in Corpus Christi
In August 2020, a dredging operation in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel hit a propane pipeline, which ignited a fire that destroyed the dredge vessel and spread to a grain elevator nearby. The vessel, the Waymon L Boyd, was owned by Orion Marine Group and was working on a private project for a client.
Eight workers were injured at the scene, and four more were initially reported missing before their bodies were recovered days later. Six injured workers were taken to local hospitals and burn units, including Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area and Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline. CEO of Orion Marine Group, Mark Stauffer, said the workers were "part of the Orion team for many years." Meanwhile, it's still unclear why Orion's vessel struck the pipeline in the first place. Determining the cause of an accident like this one is vital to ensuring the long-term recovery of the victims' families. By understanding what caused the accident, we can hold the right people accountable and ensure this never happens again. Just as importantly, we can make sure those left behind or those recovering from their injuries get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives.
Plant, Refinery & Pipeline Explosion FAQs
How can plant & refinery explosions be prevented?
In our experience investigating industrial explosions, we often uncover negligence in every case. The fact is, explosions don't just 'happen.' Explosions are the result of numerous choices to disregard safety, cut corners, and value quarterly profits over workers' lives. It will take some time to uncover the specific causes in your case, but there's no question that negligence is the root cause of your injuries.
How much does it cost to hire a Corpus Christi plant explosion attorney?
In terms of your budget? Nothing. We operate on a contingency fee arrangement, which means we cover 100% of the cost of your case. Our firm pays for the court fees, the cost of investigation and deposition, the hiring of expert witnesses, and anything else your case needs to win. If you don't win, you owe us nothing.
What should I look for in a Corpus Christi plant explosion attorney?
The first thing you should look for is case history. Does your Corpus Christi plant explosion lawyer have a record of winning explosion cases? If they do, are they prepared to take your case to trial? Most attorneys don't have much trial experience these days, which means they're less equipped to demand fair settlements from large defendants. For our firm, trial experience is the reason we've been able to win billions for our clients.
What Plant Accident Survivors Say About Arnold & Itkin
Our firm has one goal for every case: make sure our clients get enough money to provide for their basic needs, stabilize their life, and get back to normal. That includes money to replace their wages, pay off their medical debt, and pay for future earnings and treatment. Every verdict or settlement we secure for our clients represents a life that's been made whole. Because we're working on behalf of your family and the rest of your life, we make every effort to hold your wrongdoers accountable. Here's how one client put it:
“It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked. Our trial lasted
around 10 days. Every night, they were working ‘til way after midnight.
There were a couple nights they never even slept.”
- Terry, Client of Arnold & Itkin
Here's what a few other survivors have said about working with our plant explosion attorneys!
"They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle
themselves when a giant comes. Almost like the David and Goliath. It’s
amazing thing to see. I would recommend them to anybody, I mean anybody.”
- Shawn Thomas
"They let me know when I met them that everything was going be all
right. Ever since the day I met them until today that I'm sitting here,
they have always had my back.”
- Veronica Sowell
"They didn't back down. That's why I like my lawyers. Even when I
had to do my testimony in court, they didn't let those lawyers run over
me. They fought hard. You have some lions with Arnold & Itkin."
- Maurice Dilworth
Contact Our Corpus Christi Plant Personal Injury Lawyers
We've been there to protect workers after explosions, and we'll be there to help after yours. Call us at (888) 493-1629 for help from a team that is never intimidated, never backs down, and never settles for less than what is fair.
Arnold & Itkin in the News
- Workers Injured in Chemical Plant Explosion Obtain $30 Million Verdicts In Two Louisiana State Court Trials Against Plant Owners/Operators
- CSB: 'Process safety management program deficiencies' lead to deadly 2013 explosion
- New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion
- ComDust victim awarded $39.7 million
- Houston jury awards $39.7 million verdict to man injured in Corrigan plant explosion
- Williams Cos. Hit With $13.6M Verdict In La. Plant Explosion