When companies put pressure on their employees to produce at a higher capacity or forgo maintenance, accidents are inevitable. Our firm exists to take those companies to task on behalf of injured workers. We’ve taken on BP, William Olefins, Exxon-Mobil, and the biggest names in every industry. The tougher the case, the better. We not only go toe-to-toe with the largest plant-owning companies worldwide, we beat them on a regular basis. Arnold & Itkin is 100% committed to winning your fight. No matter what.
Fighting for Those Harmed by Explosions & Fires in Texas, Louisiana & Nationwide
When plant managers and owners won’t provide for their injured workers, Arnold & Itkin holds them accountable. Our top-rated plant accident attorneys have secured more than $10 billion, including record results for victims of the nation’s biggest plant explosions. We’ve helped plant employees all over the country achieve justice and lifelong security, regardless of how severe their injuries were.
We’ve represented victims of plant accidents involving:
- Chemical plants
- Oil and gas refineries
- Turnaround accidents
- Plant explosions
- Unsafe policies
- Defective machinery
You may not even know what caused your accident. All you know is you or a loved one are facing life-altering injuries and insurmountable medical bills. That’s where we can help. Our firm can fight for you to get high-quality medical care, replace your lost income, and secure the finances you need. Call us so you can focus on getting better. We’ll fight to get you what you need, no matter what.
“They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.” Shawn Thomas Workplace Explosion Victim
Plant workers who have survived catastrophic accidents are often left with severe burns, limited mobility, or lifelong impairment. For them, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This case is your life, so we make it ours too. That’s why we put everything we have toward making sure you get the medical care and provisions you need. No matter what.
Whenever we go to court, we face off against dozens of highly paid corporate lawyers who spend their entire careers defending corporate negligence from regular people like you. It doesn’t matter how many they send at us. We’ve been able to come out on top because when we fight for our clients, we’re fighting for our families and our communities. Big companies might threaten you, blacklist you, or overwhelm you with an army of litigators. It doesn’t matter. We’ll be fighting on our behalf through it all. No matter what.
- $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History
- $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers
- $39.7 Million Record Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial Accident Read This Story
- $18.5 Million Second Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar Explosion Read This Story
- $15.5 Million Massive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion Victims Read This Story
- $13.7 Million Massive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury
- $12 Million Injured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries
- $11.7 Million Settlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround
- $11.6 Million Verdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job
- $4.97 Million Settlement Reached for Orthopaedic Injury Victim
- $4.8 Million Verdict Won for Bereaved Daughter
- $4 Million Victim of Plant Explosion Received Millions in Settlement
We’ve consistently received the legal industry’s highest honors. We’re proud of these accolades and deeply grateful to the clients who put their trust in us.
"Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard." Kurt Arnold Founding Partner Meet Kurt
“People call me when something terrible has happened and they need help. It is personal to my clients, so it is personal to me. We have to win—no matter what.” Jason Itkin Founding Partner Meet Jason
When we take a case, we fight to win.
For us, there’s no such thing as going halfway for a refinery accident victim. When we take on an industrial giant, we go all the way. We’ll spend countless hours preparing briefs, taking depositions, working with investigators, and taking the people responsible to task for their role in the plant accident. No obstacle will stop us. No matter what.
There’s a reason we’ve litigated the most infamous plant and refinery accidents in recent history. When people have gone through a life-changing accident—the kind that gets headlines—they know to call us. We’ve won record-breaking verdicts and settlements in cases like the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion, the 2013 William Olefins Geismar plant explosion, the 2017 Georgia Pacific plywood factory explosion, and countless others. If you’re caught in the middle of a huge plant accident, you need a law firm that stands firm under the pressure of national attention. No matter what.
What’s a Plant & Refinery Accident Attorney? Should I Hire One?Plant and refinery accident lawyers investigate disasters that take place in industrial workplaces, typically in the energy industry. They’re well-versed in procedures that often result in accidents, like turnarounds, but they’re also familiar with the decisions made by upper management that lead to those accidents. If you’ve been injured at a plant or refinery, it’s more likely you’ll uncover what caused your accident when you speak to someone who’s investigated these cases before.
What Causes Most Plant & Refinery Accidents?Typically, the root cause of plant and refinery accidents is cost-cutting. Skeleton crews, longer shifts, and lack of maintenance are the ingredients that most often lead to an injury or even a catastrophic explosion. One major factor is aging and defective equipment in plants and refineries today. Due to aging plant machinery, the odds of a disaster increase every year that plant owners don’t invest in new equipment.
Who Is Liable After a Plant or Refinery Accident?Once the responsible parties have been uncovered and identified, a plant and refinery accident lawyer will file a lawsuit against every party at fault. In a plant accident, that could include the plant owners, but it also might include a third-party contractor hired to do work on the plant. In some cases, it may also include the manufacturer behind defective equipment, if that’s relevant to your injury. Ultimately, it will depend on the facts of your case, which is why it’s vital to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Can I Get Fired for Reporting Safety Violations at Work?Federal law protects “whistleblowing,” which means a plant or refinery employer is barred from firing you, giving you worse hours, or cutting pay/benefits for reporting violations. If you report your factory’s poor safety to OSHA or any other agency, your employer cannot retaliate against you. If you report those same violations to an attorney, you’re also protected by attorney-client confidentiality. If you’re not sure if your employer is violating the law, you can tell a law firm and they can investigate on your behalf.
Is Aging, Defective Equipment a Real Danger?Aging or defective equipment is one of the chief causes of any given plant accident. In order to increase profitability, plant owners often delay maintenance as long as possible to keep plants in operation. When plants undergo maintenance, workers are pressured to get it done quickly to get back into production. This results in missed repairs or aging parts not getting replaced in time. Some of the nation’s worst plant and refinery disasters were caused by small, broken parts that should have been replaced but weren’t.
Who Is Liable for a Plant Accident?In many cases, it may be the plant owner. As the owner and employer, companies set safety policy, dictate maintenance schedules, and control the funding for maintenance, safety equipment, and other disaster-prevention measures. If there’s an accident, it’s almost always because a higher-up at the company made a decision to cut corners or limit maintenance costs. The other possibility is that an equipment manufacturer supplied a defective part or machine. Defective parts are often due to neglect by the plant owner, but there are many cases where the manufacturer is also to blame. In either case, our firm has held both manufacturers and owners accountable for plant accidents.