Galveston Work Accident Attorneys
Fighting for the Victims of Industrial & Other Work Injuries in Galveston, TX
For over 100 years, the 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, some 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 workplace accidents include:
- Drilling rigs
- Construction sites
- Chemical plants
- Office buildings
- Retail stores
- Construction sites
If you were injured in any type of workplace accident, talk to the Galveston work injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. Your consultation is free, so call (888) 493-1629 to get started!
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.
Work Accident FAQ
What should I do after a Workplace accident?
If you were injured in any type of work accident, the first thing you should do is take care of yourself. If there is an active fire or chemical leak, get out as quickly and as safely as you can. Once you’re safe, make sure emergency personnel are called in. If you were injured in a different type of accident, or once the scene is under control, seek medical attention. You should see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you feel you are not seriously injured at first. Some industrial injuries are not immediately apparent, like back injuries, whiplash, or head trauma, and waiting to get treatment will only make things worse.
You’ll also need to make sure your supervisor or manager knows that you were injured. Reporting an industrial injury is a crucial step to take, so be sure to do it in writing and to keep a copy for your records.
Last but not least, talk to an attorney! You are going to be facing medical bills and any number of challenges trying to make ends meet if you can’t work for a time because of your injury. A Galveston work accident lawyer can work to help you recover the full and complete compensation you need for your medical treatment, any ongoing therapy or care, lost earnings, and possibly much more. You can rebuild after an industrial injury, if you take the right steps and involve an attorney.
Do I need a Galveston Work injury lawyer?
For very minor on-the-job injuries, you may not need a lawyer. You may just need to see a doctor once, which would be covered by workers’ compensation, and then return to work like normal. For serious work injuries, however, the process is not so simple. You could be dealing with the type of physical and emotional trauma that will lead to expensive medical bills, the need for ongoing treatment, and an inability to work for a time—if ever again. If you were seriously injured in an industrial accident or are running into any problems getting the treatment and support you need, it’s time to involve a Galveston work injury law firm. You have rights, but they must be actively asserted to ensure you get what’s rightfully yours.
At Arnold & Itkin, we’re here to help survivors and victims of factory accidents and all industrial and other work injuries in Galveston and throughout the U.S.
Are incidents at factories considered industrial accidents?
Yes, a factory accident is a type of industrial accident. Employees at Galveston factories are considered industrial workers, whether they’re employed at a factory that deals with petroleum, clothing, electronics, chemicals, or plastics. Factory workers may perform repetitive and highly physical labor, typically around heavy machinery and potentially hazardous substances. These make factories dangerous places to work, particularly when employees are not properly trained, safety standards are overlooked, or equipment is improperly maintained. Our Galveston factory accident lawyers are committed to helping workers of all levels who perform any job duties at factories, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and other industrial jobsites.
We Understand Your Struggle. We Fight for What You Need.
The Galveston work 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 a work accident in the Galveston area, call us today at (888) 493-1629. Your consultation is free, and you do not pay unless we win.
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