Corpus Christi Plant Explosion Lawyers
Helping the Survivors of Catastrophic Plant & Refinery Accidents Rebuild Their Lives
Plant explosions are catastrophic by definition. They change lives forever, either by inflicting life-altering injuries on workers or by 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 workers suffer severe industrial injuries of all kinds, including:
Arnold & Itkin stands with the survivors of plant explosions and refinery accidents. Our Corpus Christ plant accident 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 so many loyal employees expect their company to be loyal to them in return...only to see them be abandoned and blamed for their own injuries. Companies that were praising your performance one week will suddenly be investigating the accident for signs that it was your fault, all so one can say it was theirs. Meanwhile, you're left wondering how you're going to pay for medical treatment and 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 Kuraray America Plant Explosion – Pasadena Texas, 2018
One of the most devastating plant explosions in recent memory is the incident at the Kuraray America facility in Pasadena, just outside of Houston. On May 19, workers were servicing a tank when malfunctioning valve over-pressurized the piping, creating a massive explosion and fire. Twenty workers suffered injuries and topical burns, including one worker who suffered burns all over her body and another who was left dangling over the fire after being knocked from the scaffolding. One malfunctioning part caused all this pain.
Stay updated on this story—read our latest blogs on the case.
The Most Devastating Plant Explosions in Texas
Texas, sadly, has a history of deadly plant explosions. Our state is home to some of the largest production facilities in the nation, and in many ways, the world's economy is powered by the plants in our own backyard. Unfortunately, companies don't view their employees as valuable partners or resources—if they did, they would spend more on training, inspection, and maintenance. Each of the deaths, injuries, and losses below could have been prevented. Knowing that makes us fight all the harder for injured workers.
Our Corpus Christi plant accident lawyers have compiled a list of the worst disasters in our state's history.
The Phillips Plant Explosion | October 23, 1989
Imagine being at ground zero of an explosion that registered on the Richter scale. In October of 1989, the connections for opening and closing a valve were reversed during routine maintenance, releasing 85,000 pounds of flammable gas within seconds. Within minutes, the gas came into contact with an ignition source and caused a chain reaction of explosions through the plant. It also caused a fire that burned uncontrolled for 10 hours. All told, the fire and the explosions killed 23 workers and injured 300+ other employees.
The Texas City Refinery Explosion | March 23, 2005
In January 2005, BP hired a consulting firm to inspect their Texas City facility. The report was not kind. It said, "We have never seen a site where the notion 'I could die today' was so real." It followed up with a list of deadly risks: thinning pipes, malfunctioning alarms, loose and crumbling concrete, and other serious safety issues. Within several weeks, the lack of working alarms and a wrongly-closed valve allowed volatile liquids to flood a tower meant to release gas into the air. Instead, it released the liquid from the tower, creating a vapor cloud of flammable hydrocarbons looking for an ignition source. Because a worker had left a truck idling about 25 feet from the tower, the vapor cloud ignited within minutes.
It created an explosion of such magnitude that it immediately killed 15 nearby workers and broke windows nearly a mile away. Nearly 200 workers were injured, and the damage was so severe that the plant was left inoperable for 2 years.
The West Fertilizer Company Plant Explosion | April 17, 2013
In West, Texas, an enormous fertilizer facility had been left alone for nearly 20 years. It's last OSHA inspection was in 1985, and while other regulatory agencies had cited it for improper storage, improper reporting, and poor risk management planning, it was still largely considered a low-risk facility. After the explosion, it was discovered that the plant didn't fully disclose how much ammonia was stored on site.
On April 17, a fire started in the facility. Firefighters were attempting to keep the fire from reaching flammable materials, but they were not successful. Minutes after the fire started, the facility exploded with the force of 10 tons of TNT. For days there were conflicting reports of who was injured or dead, with many missing in the aftermath. Eventually, authorities determined that 15 people were killed and up to 200 were injured in the plant explosion. Those killed included emergency responders and volunteer firefighters.
The Largest Plants & Refineries in the Corpus Christi, TX Area
- Corpus Christi Complex (Flint Hills Resources), Corpus Christi
- Corpus Christi Refinery (Citgo), Corpus Christi
- Corpus Christi East & West Refinery (Valero), Corpus Christi
Why Do Industrial Accidents Happen?
Put simply, they happen because higher-ups aren't paying attention. Our Corpus Christi plant explosion attorneys have investigated the industrial accident cases of hundreds of plant workers, and every time they get hurt, it's because someone decided that cheap production was more important than people's lives. It's why decades-old plants still have neglected equipment, untrained workers, and poor emergency preparation. People who have spent decades in the industry have seen people with minimal experience be granted more and more authority, despite having a fraction of the experience of the people before them. It's created a ticking time bomb.
Our Corpus Christi plant injury lawyers ensure our workers get what they need to move forward:
- $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 who was 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.
- $18.5 Million – In the second of our Geismar plant explosion trials, we held both Williams Olefins and SABIC accountable for their negligence. SABIC is a massive, worldwide petrochemical company who had a 16% stake in the Louisiana plant that exploded in 2013. This verdict is what forced the company to take its workers claims seriously.
- $15.45 Million – The plant explosion lawyers at Arnold & Itkin 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.
The Geismar Explosion Story: $30+ Million Won for Victims of Massive Explosion
In 2013, the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana exploded the morning of June 13. The explosion killed 2 workers instantly and harmed 167 other people. The plant owners denied any responsibility for the explosion, but our firm knew otherwise; we immediately filed claims on behalf of nearly a dozen workers who asked for our help.
Williams Olefines, both the company that owned the plant and its parent company, refused to settle because they believed that their scheme to pass the buck would work. It did not—the jury assigned nearly all of the blame to both companies. Shortly after that, the Chemical Safety Board released the results of their investigation, proving that the explosion was the result of the company's mismanagement and cost-cutting.
Burn Injuries from Corpus Christi Industrial Accidents
Factories, refineries, and manufacturing plants have no shortage of dangerous and volatile substances located throughout the premises. When properly managed and properly trained, workers have nothing to fear from chemicals or machinery. However, when they aren't properly managed or trained, explosions and other accidents occur—resulting in severe burns.
Burns are the costliest catastrophic injury anyone can suffer—severe burns can come with hospitalization bills of up to $200,000 or higher.
Survivors of severe plant burn injuries deserve to be provided for—to have their care and treatment covered by the company that allowed the accident to happen. Our Corpus Christi burn injury lawyers fight to ensure the long-term well-being of refinery explosion victims, from paying for reconstructive surgery to paying for the groceries while they recover.
Wrongful Death Caused by Refinery Accidents in Corpus Christi
The death of a loved one is an indescribable loss.
When plant workers and factory employees die in terrible accidents, their families and loved ones bear the cost of it—emotionally, financially, and psychologically. Our firm fights to ensure that the impact of a 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 against responsible parties
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
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,” said Terry. “Our trial lasted around 10 days. Every night, they were working ‘til way after midnight. There were a couple nights they never even slept.”
Here's what 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.”
"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.”
"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."
Contact Our Corpus Christi Plant Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation: (888) 493-1629
We believe that every plant explosion is preventable, which means anyone hurt by a plant accident has been wronged. Unfortunately, your company has the money and the power to starve you out of pursuing justice—they just have to wait until your savings run out. It's underhanded, irresponsible, and wrong. Arnold & Itkin won't let you face them alone, and we won't let you be bullied into accepting a life of financial uncertainty. If you want to know your legal options, all you need to do is reach out to us for a free consultation. Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to set up a time where we can hear your story and review your options.