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Calcasieu Refining Accident Attorneys

Helping Workers Injured in Calcasieu Refining Accidents & Explosions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana had the third highest number of fatal injuries between 2007 and 2011 in the oil and gas industry, as well as the second largest number of operating refineries nationwide. Cases have been reported about catastrophic injuries occurring at a multitude of refineries, such as Calcasieu Refining.

Calcasieu Refining is a Louisiana oil processing facility that has an operating capacity of 75,000 barrels. They state that they are always looking for new ways to develop additional capacity, while lowering operational costs—however, this isn’t always a good initiative. Time and time again, Arnold & Itkin has worked on cases where refineries cut corners to lower cost, which result in putting their employees in dangerous situations. Ignoring aging equipment such as broken alarms, thinning pipes, or excessive fumes can create a dangerous work environment.

Although cutting costs is important, it should not be more important than employee safety. We have seen how frequently plant and refinery explosions could have been avoided, as well as how often companies fail to help their employees. Some oil and gas companies seem primarily invested in protecting their own assets, instead of their workers' well-being. We have helped hundreds of injured workers receive the compensation they deserve to secure their future—and we will continue to do so for all our clients.

Learn if you have a case: contact our Calcasieu Refining accident attorneys to review your options. Call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online today for a free consultation.

2006 Calcasieu Parish Oil Spill in Lake Charles, LA

In 2006, a severe Calcasieu Parish storm caused the Citgo Petroleum Refinery's storage system to overflow, resulting in a major oil spill. Experts described the spill as being “catastrophic”. The storm caused 21 million gallons of waste to escape, including 17 million gallons of contaminated wastewater and 4.2 million gallons of slop oil. Louisiana is very familiar with these severe storms and it is the refinery’s job to be prepared and try to prevent these tragic incidents. Instead, Calcasieu tasks employees to clean-up after these disastrous events. However, clean-up efforts can be extremely dangerous. The clean-up efforts for this case resulted in workers injured.

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Examples of Plant & Refinery Accidents in Texas

Refineries like Blue Dolphin have been involved in catastrophic incidents that have harmed many workers and their families, leaving them to face seemingly insurmountable challenges and altogether uncertain futures.

  • Phillips Petroleum Company Plant (October 1980)
    In 1989, a chain of explosions was sparked by an ethylene leak at a Phillips Petroleum Company plant in Pasadena, TX. An improperly-secured valve released 85,000 pounds of highly flammable ethylene-isobutane gas into the plant. There were no warning alarms, so within 2 minutes the gas 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)
    The Texas City refinery had been recently inspected and BP knew it contained multiple serious explosion hazards. Regardless, BP went ahead with production, which led to the formation of huge hydrocarbon cloud due to a faulty valve. The cloud was ignited by a running engine and caused a massive explosion. The owners and managers failed to keep the work environment safe and as a result, 170 workers were severely injured and 15 were killed. Our Calcasieu refinery accident lawyers represented several of those injured in the blast.
  • West Fertilizer Company Explosion (April 2013)
    An explosion occurred at a fertilizer storage and distribution center located in West, Texas. The incident injured more than 250 people and killed 15 others. It was later discovered that the explosion was due to a fire that was set deliberately.

Calcasieu Refining Accident Attorneys Have Won Billions for Clients

At Arnold & Itkin, we have helped injured accident victims win billions of dollars to help them take care of themselves and their families. We have won hundreds of cases worth $1 million or more, and we have set records on local, state, and national levels. We focus on helping our clients through every step of the way because we understand how overwhelming the time is after an accident. We do everything possible to protect your interests.

Below are two of our clients' many victories:

  • $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 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.
  • $39.7 Million Received for Industrial Accident: Our refinery accident attorneys recovered a record-setting verdict of $39.7 million on behalf of a worker who was severely burned in a dust fire and explosion at a Georgia-Pacific plywood plant in Carrigan, TX. Arnold & Itkin LLP was able to prove that the client was innocent and helped him get compensated for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, mental anguish, and more.

Contact Our Calcasieu Refining Accident Attorneys

If you were injured in a Calcasieu accident, it is advisable that you speak with a Calcasieu Refining accident attorney as soon as possible. The fact is that an alarming amount of accidents are caused by human negligence or error. The company’s negligence may not be clear, but an experienced attorney will be able to investigate what caused the accident and your injuries or loss.

Contact our Calcasieu Refining accident attorneys at (888) 493-1629. We’re here to help.

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.
  • $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 of $171 million.
  • $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.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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They don’t give you the runaround. 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 very seriously.

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