Louisiana Industrial Injury Accidents
Defending Your Rights to Workplace Safety
Industrial settings are home to some of most frequent workplace injuries. Due to the nature of industrial work—high temperatures, volatile processes, and toxic chemicals—workers are more likely to suffer serious harm while on the job.
You may be especially likely to experience a serious injury if your work takes place in any of the following areas:
- Oil drilling sites
- Large warehouses
- Construction sites
Although these settings do pose inherent dangers, it is still up to the employers, managers, and trainers of these sites to protect their workers by taking thorough safety measures. In many instances, those in leadership positions fail to provide or maintain a safe working environment, and potentially catastrophic accidents occur as a direct result. Some of the most destructive accidents include:
- Explosions and fires
- Electric shocks
- Mass exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Crushing by heavy machinery
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Injuries from airborne objects or debris
Industrial injuries also include health problems caused by exposure to harmful chemicals, gases, or materials like asbestos. Arnold & Itkin LLP works to defend workers and families who have wrongfully lost a loved one to the neglect and oversight of plant managers, employers, and corporate leadership. Our goal is to bring our clients restitution for the pain and suffering they have experienced.
Plant & Refinery Fires
Because of their inherent involvement with hazardous chemicals and heavy machinery, plants and refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work in the country. When accidents occur at one of these facilities, it is usually a catastrophically destructive one.
Some of these injuries and consequences can include:
- Severe burns
- Broken and fractured bones
- Loss of limbs
- Damage to personal property
- Wrongful death
Many of these injuries and accidents themselves can be avoided. It is likely that your injuries or those of your loved one are the result of negligence from another party. Contact our team to start your legal action against those responsible for your injuries.
What Causes Plant & Refinery Fires
Refinery fires are so severe because of the substances plants and refineries work with. These substances are highly flammable and are usually produced in high volumes, which means a larger and stronger fire. In oil refineries, a necessary process occurs called fractioning, which requires heating the crude oil to 400 degrees Celsius. Once the crude oil is heated, it can be separated and section off into different parts.
If a pipe, tank, or chamber suddenly cracks, the heated oil inside could combine with surrounded gases and combust instantaneously. This would be a nearly impossible fire to control. A similar event could occur in chemical plant. Many of the chemicals being dealt with are highly combustible. If the machinery fails, the chemicals can be exposed to gases or other materials that may ignite a large fire.
The reason equipment leaks are such a major concern has to do with the age of equipment in plants and refineries. These have not been renovated or improved for decades, meaning that pipes and tanks are becoming frailer. When equipment fails to contain these dangerous substances, catastrophic accidents occur and potentially injure hundreds of workers and surrounding communities.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Plant & Refinery Fires
Most accidents at plants and refineries can be traced back to human error. There are systems in place by federal and state organizations, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), that are designed to regulate these potentially dangerous facilities and protect those who work in them. In many cases, these accidents occur as a result of poor supervision or irresponsible decision-making.
If hundreds of workers’ lives are put in danger because of faulty machinery, such as a devastating leak of crude oil or harmful chemicals, the owners of the plant or factory may be held liable for failing to perform regular inspections and maintenance.
In any case, a thorough investigation is always conducted to find the root cause of the accident. The experienced legal team at Arnold Itkin LLP will work closely with those investigating authorities to determine who was at fault for your or your loved one’s injuries in a Louisiana plant or refinery fire. Our team has the skill, determination, and the resources to find the party at fault build a strong case in favor of your compensation.
Standing Up to the Biggest of Oppositions
Many workers or families of workers who have been wrongfully killed are apprehensive about beginning a claim against their employers. This is largely due to the intimidation caused by the thought of going up against big corporations and insurance providers. The opposition will fight hard not to pay compensation or be held liable for deaths and injuries, and this is why your choice in representation is so important.
Arnold & Itkin has faced giants in the corporate and insurance worlds and succeeded in winning significant compensation for our clients. We are not intimidated by any defendant who owes our clients restitution for their loss, and we will do everything in our power to be sure they provide it.
Protection for Victims in Industrial Accidents
Our team understands just how many areas of your life are affected by such an incident.
Not only are you forced to undergo medical treatment for your physical injuries, but you are losing wages as medical expenses stack higher and higher. In addition to all of this, you or your loved one may be suffering extreme emotional and psychological hardship from the accident. While we are working to build your case and push for a settlement or verdict, our contingency fees can help provide the medical care you need while you wait for your compensation. Working with our Louisiana industrial accident attorneys also means that by holding employers liable for damages, we may be preventing similar workplace accidents from hurting others the way they hurt you or your loved one.
Avoiding Industrial Accident Injuries
The year 1970 saw the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which created strict codes, standards, and training programs designed to make work environments safer and prevent accidents and deaths. While OSHA is responsible for many significant improvements in the work force, many employers ignore or fail to meet these standards, and as a result, workers are wrongfully injured. The best chance we have at preventing these tragic accidents is by spreading awareness and seeking damages. By alerting an employer of any potential workplace danger you see and by punishing employers for injuries caused by negligence, we may be able to work together to make industrial settings safer places.
Representation in Your Louisiana Industrial Accident Case
Because your case may involve battling powerful corporate forces, you need to make sure you have hired a confident and skilled team to face them. We have experience with high-pressure negotiation and in federal courtrooms. Our team has the dedication and the talent you need to seek restitution from the corporations, plant managers, or co-workers who left you injured and unable to work.
Call our offices today at (225) 412-6348 to schedule your free case evaluation.