Pittsburgh Plant Explosion Attorneys
Representing People Injured in Pennsylvania Gas Explosions
When people are catastrophically injured by plant explosions, gas explosions, or refinery blasts, they turn to the Pittsburgh plant explosion lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP. Our firm knows how explosions can devastate a community, leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured in many instances. We’ve stood with the survivors of numerous plant explosions nationwide, helping them get their lives back to normal while holding at-fault parties responsible. Our results have helped clients get medical care, replace their income, and provide for their families.
If there’s one thing you should know about your plant explosion, it’s this: the explosion could have been prevented. Our firm has investigated dozens of massive explosions, and every time our investigation reveals the same pattern. Aging equipment, lax safety protocols, and poor training have all played a part in the plant explosions we’ve investigated on behalf of our clients. By finding the company’s role in causing gas explosions, our firm has been able to win record-setting compensation for people all over the country. In total, our firm has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, giving our clients the chance to recover in peace.
We refuse to let companies put their workers in danger. Call our Pittsburgh plant explosion attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. Learn your legal options and get answers today.
4 Hurt in Washington County Gas Explosion in December 2018
In the evening hours of December 13, a tank exploded at a natural gas processing plant in Washington County. Four workers were left with severe burns and were flown to Pittsburgh hospitals for treatment. Current reports say the blast involved a tank holding 14,000 gallons of ethylene glycol, which is used in natural gas processing. The resulting fire was put out. One of the four injured workers was left in critical condition.
The gas plant is owned by Mark West, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Co.
A spokesman from Marathon stated that the tanks that exploded were onsite for routine maintenance. He assured reporters that the processing plant was temporarily shut down “as a precaution” while both internal and federal investigations geared up.
The Common Causes & Effects of Gas Plant Explosions
In most explosion cases, the common thread is simply that companies don’t like spending money on their own equipment. Oil and gas companies alike will do everything they can to limit investment in the plant’s infrastructure. The result is aging pipes, broken valves, uninspected tanks, and poorly-maintained facilities, all of which make explosions more likely every year.
“Working in a plant is so dangerous because the equipment is so old...Then you have immense pressure and dangerous chemicals all around you. It’s a recipe for disaster—and that’s why so many people are hurt. 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 Explosion Lawyer Kurt Arnold
Explosions, sadly, always cause serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries like burn injuries, severe fractures, brain damage, respiratory damage, loss of limbs, or post-traumatic stress are all common consequences of serious plant explosions. It’s not enough for the company to promise to do better next time. They need to be held accountable to the people they hurt, otherwise they’ll just keep doing the same thing.
That’s exactly what Arnold & Itkin does.
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
The Nation’s Leader in Catastrophic Plant Explosion Litigation
Arnold & Itkin LLP has represented injured workers in some of the largest plant explosions in recent history. We’ve represented workers from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the BP Texas City refinery explosion, and the Williams Olefin plant explosion in Geismar. In each case, our firm faced the largest energy companies in the world. In each case, we won record-setting results for our clients.
Our plant explosion results include:
- $97 million settlement for a group of refinery workers who were injured in a massive fire at their worksite.
- $39.7 million verdict for a man who was permanently injured in a dust fire and explosion at a plywood plant.
- $18.5 million verdict for four workers who were injured in a plant explosion that killed 2.
- $15.45 million verdict for another group of four workers injured in a massive plant explosion.
Read about our other victories here.
If you’re wondering what to do next, if you’re not sure if the company is going to help your family recover, then call us. Our consultation is free, and it might provide the answers that you’re looking for. Plant explosions have a way of changing the lives of an entire family. If your loved one was severely hurt in an accident that should never have happened, call our Pittsburgh gas plant explosion lawyers as soon as you can.
Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation or contact us using our short online form.