Louisiana Plant Explosion Attorneys
Demanding Justice for Victims of Accidents at Oil Refineries & Chemical Plants
Throughout Louisiana, hard-working men and women show up to work every day at plants, factories, and refineries—and, far too often, their safety is put on the line. Their lives are put at risk. All so that the company can make a few more dollars. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have seen it happen time and time again. The industrial workers who perform this important but hard work are endangered by aging equipment, operator errors, and safety policies and procedures that are written down by the company but never actually followed.
We refuse to stand by and let that happen.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a plant or refinery accident, such as an explosion, we are here to help you. We have represented clients in hundreds of cases such as this one, recovering billions over the years. This has resulted in record-setting victories (including a $117 million verdict that set the record for the largest single-event injury verdict in Louisiana history) and hundreds of cases that are worth $1 million or more.
At our law firm, we are more than talk. We are experienced trial veterans. Our lawyers have tried more cases in the last 10 years than most lawyers do during their entire careers. From the 2005 BP Texas City Explosion to the 2013 Williams Geismar explosion, we have been involved in some of the nation’s most tragic plant and refinery accidents—helping demand justice for its victims and restoring hope for its survivors.
Call (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free consultation with our Louisiana plant and refinery explosion lawyers. We get answers for our clients and work tirelessly to see them fairly compensated. Let us help you.
Our Involvement in the Williams Olefins Plant Explosion (Geismar, LA)
On June 13, 2013, an explosion rocked the small town of Geismar, an unincorporated community just 20 miles from Baton Rouge. The Williams Olefins plant suffered what was later described as a “catastrophic” failure of a heat exchanger, triggering an explosion that could be felt for miles around the plant. In the aftermath, two individuals were killed and more than 100 of the employees onsite that day were injured.
Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley immediately stepped up to help represent the rights of those injured that day. We launched our own investigation into the incident and worked tirelessly to demand our clients be rightfully compensated for the injuries and trauma they endured.
During two separate trials, we helped prove negligence on behalf of the defendants, describing how the plant had been undergoing a $400 million expansion project—a project that the CEO and board of directors chose to do while keeping the plant in live operation. Even though everyone agreed it was safer to close the plant during the construction, they chose otherwise—choosing profits over the safety of their own team.
Despite the defenses and arguments raised by the other side, our firm used our vast resources, experience with these cases, and countless hours of work to develop the case. Ultimately, we were successful in both of the Louisiana plant explosion trials. In the first, we won a $15.45 million verdict. In the second, we won an $18.5 million verdict.
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
Common Causes of Catastrophic Plant & Refinery Accidents
While each plant and refinery accident is different, the cause is almost always similar to one another. In almost every situation, these cataclysmic events can be traced to negligence, recklessness, or choices that prioritize profit over safety. Often, this can be seen in the use of outdated plant equipment. Although there are refineries and plants across the country and throughout Louisiana, most of them are 50 to 60 years old. It creates a recipe for disaster—mixing old, outdated equipment with dangerous chemicals and enormous pressure.
“They make so much money from these plants, and they invest so little
back. I’m always shocked at how they foresaw the problem, they knew
it was a problem, and they just didn’t fix it. It shocks me.”
Plant Accident Attorney Kurt Arnold
Other causes of plant accidents include the following:
- Malfunctioning Equipment
- Poor Training of Industrial Workers
- Unseen Corrosion
- Dirty, Impure Chemicals
- Poor Facility Maintenance
- Unsafe Working Conditions
Hear from Other Injured Industrial Workers We’ve Helped
Since we were founded in 2004, our law firm has been passionate about helping industrial workers. We have seen time and time again how major corporations have failed to protect them—failed to stop these ultimately preventable accidents from happening and then failed to help them recover once they do. We have proven that we are not scared to take on these large companies and their team of lawyers. We are not scared when they make up excuses, try to pass off responsibility, or stonewall. We’re not scared because we have taken on the largest corporations in the world, and we’ve won. From Exxon to BP, we’ve stood toe-to-toe with industrial giants and forced them to do what’s right for our clients.
To learn more about our firm and what it’s like working with us, all you need to do is listen to their stories.
“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 felt like family because they were there to listen and hear—not
just brush you off because ‘you're just a client.’ 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're very professional. 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. They not going to back down.”
Plants & Refineries in Louisiana
The following are some of the plants and refineries throughout the state of Louisiana:
- Alliance Refinery (Phillips 66), Belle Chasse
- Baton Rouge Refinery (ExxonMobil), Baton Rouge
- Chalmette Refinery (PBF Energy), Chalmette
- Convent Refinery (Shell Oil Company), Convent
- Cotton Valley Refinery (Calumet Lubricants), Cotton Valley
- Garyville Refinery (Marathon Petroleum Company), Garyville
- Krotz Springs Refinery (Delek), Krotz Springs
- Lake Charles Refinery (Calcasieu Refining), Lake Charles
- Lake Charles Refinery (Citgo), Lake Charles
- Lake Charles Refinery,(Pelican Refining), Lake Charles
- Lake Charles Refinery (Phillips 66), Westlake
- Meraux Refinery (Valero), Meraux
- Norco Refinery (Shell Oil Company), Norco
- Port Allen Refinery (Placid Refining), Port Allen
- Princeton Refinery (Calumet Lubricants), Princeton
- Shreveport Refinery (Calumet Lubricants), Shreveport
- St. Charles Refinery (Valero), Norco
- St. Rose Refinery (Shell Oil Company), St. Rose
The following are companies that operate in Louisiana:
- Alon Refining Krotz Springs Inc
- Calcasieu Refining
- Calumet Lubricants Co LP
- Calumet Shreveport LLC
- Chalmette Refining LLC
- Citgo Petroleum Corp
- ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co
- Marathon Petroleum Co LLC
- Motiva Enterprises LLC
- Phillips 66
- Placid Refining Co
- Valero Refining Co
Louisiana Plant Explosion FAQ
What happens when a plant explodes?
Plant explosions are catastrophic events involving chemical spills and reactions that release heat, fire, and toxins through an initial, forceful blast. They can injure dozens of workers and may claim many lives. Depending on the type of plant and what substances are released into the air and water after an explosion, nearby residents, businesses, and communities may also be affected. The environmental impact of a Louisiana plant explosion may be long and widespread.
What should I do after a plant explosion?
If you were working at a Louisiana plant during an explosion, you need to act fast and seek medical attention. With plant explosions, you could be at risk of suffering serious harm from whatever chemicals and toxins were released into the air, that came into contact with your skin or clothing, or that have affected the water and soil in the area. You should also talk to an attorney about your rights. You may be able to recover money for your medical care and lost wages from a workers’ compensation claim, plus additional damages from a personal injury lawsuit.
Recovering fair and full benefits will make all the difference as you work to put the pieces back together after a plant explosion.
How can your firm help me after a Louisiana plant explosion?
Because plant explosions cause so much harm, they are a top priority for our firm. Our team believes in exposing the acts of negligence, safety violations, and wrongdoing that cause explosions at chemical plants and refineries. We’ve successfully represented hundreds of hard-working men and women who have seen their lives forever changed as a result of plant explosions and other catastrophes. We’ve fought tirelessly for families who have lost loved ones in these entirely preventable accidents. Our Louisiana plant explosion attorneys are known for getting results, and we’re ready to see how we can help you.
Receive a Free Case Review from Our Louisiana Plant Explosion Lawyers
Regardless of whether you were catastrophically injured or if you lost someone to wrongful death, our plant accident law firm is here to take care of you. We are aggressive attorneys who genuinely care about helping make this situation right for you. From the beginning until the end, we will work tirelessly to ensure your best interests are looked after and your rights are protected. You can trust in our team of Louisiana attorneys to do what is right for you and your family—giving you a voice in a time when you may feel like you have none.
Take the first step today. Call (888) 493-1629 to receive a free case review. You only pay if we win!
"You can tell they care, you know, the way they handle you, the way they talk to you, things they are concerned about: your family, your needs. It was awesome. I was able to actually witness them in court. They went in there like straight bulldogs and they won. They’re unstoppable! They definitely have the experience you need. 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."- Shawn Thomas