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Galveston Industrial Accident Attorneys

Fighting for the Victims of Industrial Injury in Galveston, TX

For over 100 years, the industrial workers that have made the American economy what it is today have fought relentlessly for their own safety. Numerous tragedies have pushed work safety into the modern era. Under the law, employees arrive at work each day with the right to be provided a safe environment in which to do their job. However, many employers do not faithfully follow the safety standards that every worker in the nation is legally entitled to. As a result, corporate negligence puts workers' lives at risk every day.

Common locations for industrial accidents include:

Galveston: The Hub of Texas Industry

As one of the largest ports in the United States, Galveston is a hub of industry in the Gulf region. Due to its proximity to the oil fields of Texas, the port serves as an important step in the state’s energy production process. However, Galveston and Texas City do not just serve as a point of transportation for energy, but they produce it as well. In fact, the Galveston Bay Refinery employs over 1,000 people, cementing the area as a central location for the nation’s energy production.

Disaster Across the Bay

Galveston was just miles away from the worst industrial accident in American history. On April 16, 1947 the residents of Galveston felt an explosion rock Texas City. Across the bay, residents could see plumes of smoke, fire, and the ruins of what used to be buildings. Texas City looked like a warzone.

That morning, a ship called the Grandcamp was being loaded with fertilizer comprised of ammonium nitrate. Used throughout World War II as an explosive, ammonium nitrate found a post-war use as a potent fertilizer. That morning, the Grandcamp was also loaded with a stockpile of government owned ammunition. When a fire broke out in the hull of the ship, the situation became dire. However, most of the fire crew and workers did not know the true danger hiding in the burning ship. To make things worse, the captain of the ship prevented crews from using their hoses to put flames out to keep the cargo dry.

When the ammonium nitrate reached dangerous levels of heat, it violently exploded. The ammunition in the ship’s belly combined with the wood of the ship to create what was essentially a giant grenade, sending pieces flying in every direction. The explosion leveled city blocks, crumpled cars, and could be felt miles away. Nearly 600 people were killed and over 5,000 were injured. Just across the water, Galveston was a witness to one of the most unfortunate series of events in the history of industrial work.

The most tragic aspect of this incident was the fact that it was preventable. The fire was believed to been started by a worker’s cigarette. Though smoking was officially banned, the rules were not enforced. Adding to the tragedy was the ship’s captain who ignorantly prevented firefighters from doing their jobs. Had procedures been in place and laws followed, this accident would not have happened. The scale of this disaster is an example of why negligence must be held accountable—especially for the sake of those have suffered from it.

We Understand Your Struggle. We Fight for What You Need.

The Galveston industrial accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin understand the pain of being injured on the job. We know that those who suffer from negligence suffer a loss of income, high medical bills, and physical and mental anguish. We seek maximum recovery for every client, helping them to rebuild their life and provide for themselves and their families. When negligence happens, our lawyers know how to build a case, defend it in court, and deliver results to our clients.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial accident, call us today at (888) 493-1629. Consultation is free, and you do not pay unless we win.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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