Lake Charles Plant Explosion Lawyers
Helping Plant Explosion Survivors Rebuild Their Lives
Lake Charles has a long and proud history, tracing its roots all the way back to the 1760s. However, it wasn't until after World War II that the region saw an economic boom thanks to the petrochemical industry. Since the 1940s, Lake Charles' location has been a strategic point for oil and fuel refining operations in the region. Citgo's Lake Charles facility is the sixth-largest refinery in the United States.
As Lake Charles plant accident attorneys, that's what concerns us most.
Arnold & Itkin fights for plant workers who have been through the kinds of disasters that only come about through negligence: explosions, fires, chemical exposure, etc. We've seen it happen over and over: workers will have their careers and livelihoods cut short from a life-changing injury, but the company will do nothing to help them recover. Why? Because the company would rather cover up its own part in the accident than help employees live better lives.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Lake Charles refinery accident, call us—we want to help get what you need to pay for medical care, provide for your family, and get back to normal.
Plant Accidents in Lake Charles & Throughout Louisiana
The Williams Olefins Geismar Plant Explosion (June 2013)
The company was warned that their reboiler system had a fatal flaw. They ignored it for years until the plant exploded, killing 2 and injuring 167.
The Citgo Refinery Explosion (March 1991)
The Citgo plant exploded in 1991, killing 3 workers and injuring 12 more. Those killed included a man who had been working at the plant for 22 years.
The Citgo Refinery Explosion (2001)
Barely 10 years after the first Citgo plant explosion, another explosion left the refinery severely damaged. Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident.
$30+ Million Verdicts Won for Geismar Plant Explosion Survivors
On the morning of June 13, 2013, the Williams Olefins oil refinery in Geismar exploded and killed 2 workers, injuring 167 more. It was discovered that a worker who was switching use of one reboiler to the other had turned on the intake valve...but not the safety release valve, which remained closed and allowed pressure to build to lethal levels.
Workers at the Geismar facility called our Lake Charles plant explosion lawyers because they needed help, and Williams Olefins wasn't taking responsibility. Our investigation (combined with the Chemical Safety Board's findings) discovered that Williams Olefins knew their reboilers had a fatal flaw over a decade prior to the explosion.
It would have taken only a few minutes and a few dollars to make the valve system safe and foolproof...but changing the design of the system would have slowed down production. That's why they chose to expose workers to a lethal risk for ten years.
In the end, we made sure Williams Olefins paid millions to our clients to help them recover and start their lives over again.
The Oil Refining Companies Operating in Lake Charles
- Calcasieu Refining Company
- Pelican Refining Company
- Chestnut Petroleum Inc.
- Hilcorp Energy Co.
- Citgo Petroleum Corp.
The Reason Plant Explosions Keep Happening
In the industrial boom of the last several decades, oil refineries, chemical manufacturing facilities, and other enormous operations were built to accommodate America's thirst for fuel. The boom created tens of thousands of good jobs for people all over the United States and even helped create whole towns. However, those plants are getting older. Companies need to do everything they can to invest in the refurbishing, rebuilding, and maintenance of these facilities—but instead, they're trying to lobby Congress to get away with even less oversight and less maintenance.
The result? Increased accidents. Larger explosions. More burns and plant worker fatalities. All of this is preventable if companies were willing to invest in their safety protocols and equipment. Far too few of them do.
Lake Charles Burn Injury Lawyers
With ample fuel and volatile chemicals nearby, there are few things more terrifying than an explosion at a chemical plant, refinery, or factory. With so much fuel at hand, plant explosions often turn into plant fires—burning for hours or even days without stopping. As a result, it's not the force of an explosion that does the most damage: it's the burning.
Our Lake Charles burn injury attorneys know what happens to people after an explosion. We know that hospitalization for a burn makes it the most expensive injury anyone can get, with bills reaching as high as $200,000. We know that petrochemical companies refuse to offer any help, even if the accident was their fault. Our burn lawyers even know what your insurance will likely do to take advantage of you while you're stressed and desperate for help. Our firm gives our clients a way to pay for treatment (present and future), put food on the table, and get their lives back to normal. Just as importantly, we give our clients a way to force their companies to reckon with what happened to them—to make them face the damage they caused.
Every case result represents a worker or family that got a second chance:
- $117 million won for a group of plant explosion survivors in a high-profile accident.
- $87 million won for a refinery worker who was badly burned in a plant fire.
- $39.7 million for a man who was severely burned in an explosion at a plywood plant.
- $30 million won for workers who survived the 2013 Geismar plant explosion.
Wrongful Deaths Due to Refinery Accidents in Lake Charles
More than 2 million people will die from their jobs this year—many of them within the walls of an oil refinery, chemical plant, or factory. The vast majority of those deaths are preventable, and many of them are the direct result of upper management prioritizing productivity over people's lives. Our Lake Charles wrongful death lawyers give families the tools they need to hold wrongdoers accountable and get justice for their loved one's memory. More importantly, we help families get the money they need to move forward in their loved one's absence—honoring every workers' memory by helping provide for their family's needs.
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
Listen to What Other Plant Accident Survivors Had to Say
The point of our work is simple: we want to make sure you have everything you need to rebuild your life. Workers are often left out to dry after a plant explosion, forced to spend their life savings getting medical care while wondering how they're going to provide for their families—many survivors aren't able to work, leaving them in an even deeper hole. When people receive back what they lost after an accident, the law calls it "making you whole." That's why people call us–they want to be made whole, and we help them do that.
Hear the stories of our past clients in the videos below:
“Definitely go with Arnold & Itkin because they do what they
say they are going to do. They don’t give you the run around. You're
looking for a firm that’s going to have your back and willing to
go to trial and stick up for you. Go with Arnold & Itkin if you want
results. They take their job seriously.”
“I needed to talk, express my feelings about what I was really going
through. I could always get in contact with them. This whole process,
it was rough, it was hard, but Arnold & Itkin made it easy with communication,
understanding, and trust. I got my life back.”
Call (225) 412-6348 Today for a Free Consultation
Every client who needed answers, who needed a way to provide for themselves and their family, started right here: with a free consultation. If there was a chance that you might be able to start again, if there was a chance that your company knew that you were at risk and didn't tell you, wouldn't you want to know for sure? One phone call or simple form allows you to review your options with an attorney, get answers, and build a plan for getting you on your feet.
Here's how it works: you use the below form or a phone call to tell us what happened to you. We set up an appointment for you to review your options (for free) with a Lake Charles plant explosion lawyer, and if we can help you, we will. Our firm takes on all the expenses of the case from beginning to end, so you will never see a bill or invoice from us. Ever. All your expenses, including court expenses, investigation costs, and our fee, are advanced against your case result. We take on any risk, so if you don't win anything, we absorb the costs.
This is your time. Tell us what happened—we handle the rest.