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Blue Dolphin Refinery Accident Attorneys

Accident Survivors Can Turn to Our Blue Dolphin Refinery Injury Lawyers

Texas is the state with the most operable refineries nationwide, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. Blue Dolphin Energy is one of the numerous facilities in Texas that engages in refining crude oil into finished and refined products. Unfortunately, as is true with Blue Dolphin and similar refineries, serious accidents can occur—such as explosions, fires, and other catastrophic incidents. Industrial workers face potential dangers every day because of the highly flammable substances in these refineries. When an accident does occur, investigation reveals that they could have been prevented with the proper equipment and safety procedures.

If you or a loved one were injured in a plant or refinery accident, the injuries that resulted are life-changing. Our attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have stood beside hundreds of plant and refinery accident victims—so we know the challenges you and your family must be facing. Often, injured employees believe that the company will compensate them for their losses, yet that almost never happens. Some companies immediately look for methods that will help protect their own interest and reduce liability. It is vital to contact a refinery accident attorney to help you stand against companies that neglect their duty to their workers.

Learn more about how our Blue Dolphin lawsuit attorneys can help you see if you have a case. Contact us today for a free consultation: (888) 493-1629.

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Recent Plant & Refinery Accidents in Texas

  • Phillips Petroleum Company Plant (October 1980)
    In 1989, an ethylene leak at a Phillips Petroleum Company plant in Pasadena, TX triggered a chain of large explosions. An unsecured valve released 85,000 pounds of highly flammable ethylene-isobutane gas into the plant. Workers had no detectors or warning system, so the gas gathered until it ignited with the power of two-and-a-half tons of dynamite. As a result, 23 people were killed.
  • BP Texas City Refinery (March 2005)
    BP had recently bought the Texas City refinery when a third-party report on the plant revealed that the aging parts were creating a serious explosion hazard. However, the report was disregarded and production continued as usual. Within weeks, a hydrocarbon cloud formed due to a faulty valve, triggering a massive explosion. As a result, 170 workers were severely injured and 15 were killed. Our refinery accident lawyers represented several of those injured in the blast.
  • West Fertilizer Company Explosion (April 2013)
    An explosion occurred at a storage and distribution center in West, TX. The incident injured more than 250 people and killed 15 others. It was later discovered that the explosion occurred deliberately.
  • Valero Refinery Explosion (April 2018)
    In April 2018, employees were working near the Valero facility’s 12,000-barrel alkylation unit inside the refinery when a pipe failed and led to an explosion. As a result, 28 workers were injured—leaving many with PTSD, orthopedic injuries, and hearing loss. It is believed that the accident was caused due to negligence from Valero and a subcontractor.

Common Types of Refinery Accidents

Refineries are some of the most dangerous places to work because of all the hazardous materials contained within the plant. Workers can be exposed to different toxic chemicals, depending on the type of refinery.

Below are some of the most common types of accidents that occur in refineries:

  • Plant & Refinery Fires: Along with explosions, fires can also occur in a refinery accident. Since refineries contain highly flammable materials, fires can erupt if the equipment is not maintained.
  • Oil Refinery Plant Accidents: Oil refineries use complex equipment and technology to refine oil into other products. Accidents typically occur from the refining process overheating or by defective equipment can result while refining crude oil.
  • Plant & Refinery Explosions: Refineries are dangerous because of the highly flammable materials at the plant. If proper safety procedures are not followed, this can cause a major explosion.

Our Blue Dolphin Lawsuit Lawyers Have Recovered Billions of Dollars

Arnold & Itkin refinery accident attorneys have helped injured workers achieve the best possible results for their cases—helping them take care of themselves and their families.

Some of our victories include:

  • $97 Million Secured for Refinery Workers: Our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Arnold & Itkin's attorneys fought for justice against some of the largest corporations in the world. This settlement helped our clients receive the medical attention need and financial security for their future.
  • $12 Million Received for Burn Injuries: Our refinery accident attorneys recovered $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery where he was working. We helped him receive the compensation he needed to move on from this tragic incident.

Check out more of our firm’s victories here.

Contact Our Blue Dolphin Refinery Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629

Our firm understands how difficult the time after a tragic accident can be, that is why we do everything possible to protect the best interest of injured workers and their families. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Blue Dolphin refinery accident, contact us today for a free consultation. A Blue Dolphin claim lawyer can listen to your story and help you through the process every step of the way.

Our clients never pay upfront expenses and only pay if we win their case. Call (888) 493-1629 today!

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
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