Last night, Arnold & Itkin filed suit against LyondellBasell, Equistar Chemicals, and other defendants on behalf of a worker injured in the chemical leak at the La Porte plant. A faulty pressurized cap released 100,000 pounds of acetic acid and other chemicals into the air, causing our client to suffer severe injuries due to toxic exposure and the evacuation effort.
Local media is already reporting on our recent filing:
- First lawsuit in deadly La Porte chemical leak accuses company of ‘gross negligence’
- LyondellBasell hit with first lawsuit following deadly chemical leak at La Porte facility
- Two lawsuits in deadly La Porte chemical leak accuse LyondellBasell of 'gross negligence'
- Nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against LyondellBasell following deadly acid leak
- 2 workers killed in La Porte chemical leak were 'true family men'
- Attorney: Workers injured in LyondellBasell chemical leak are still vomiting, having nose bleeds
What Happened After the LyondellBasell Chemical Leak in La Porte?
On Tuesday night, the acetic acid leak at the La Porte LyondellBasell plant led to the deaths of 2 workers, the hospitalization of at least 30 other workers, and injuries to numerous others. Of those hospitalized, many are dealing with the side effects of acetic acid exposure: burn injuries, skin damage, and respiratory complications.
Our chemical leak attorneys noted that this catastrophic chemical release is the third incident at LyondellBasell facilities this month. Two weeks ago in Sulphur, LA, a power outage led to heavy flaring and burning of excess chemicals. Shortly after that, the Houston refinery owned by LyondellBasell was found responsible for a chemical leak that caused headaches and nausea to residents of Galena Park.
Our firm is currently conducting an investigation into what led to this most recent deadly incident. Kurt Arnold said, “I look forward to holding those at fault accountable. Plants have got to start putting the safety of their employees and contractors first. We have seen far too many of these incidents in Texas and Louisiana lately at the cost of workers and their families.”