Plant & Refinery Accident Lawyers

Helping Those Harmed by Explosions & Fires in Texas, Louisiana & Nationwide
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When plant managers and owners won’t provide for their injured workers, Arnold & Itkin holds them accountable. Our top-rated plant accident attorneys have won more than $20 billion for our clients, including record results for victims of the nation’s biggest plant explosions. We’ve helped plant workers all over the country achieve justice and lifelong security, regardless of how severe their injuries were. From Dallas to Baytown, from Baton Rouge to El Paso, we've been there for our clients.

We’ve represented victims of plant accidents involving:

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 try to threaten you or overwhelm you with an army of litigators. It doesn’t matter. We’ll be fighting on your behalf through it all. 

When We Take a Case, We Fight to Win

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  • Record-Setting $357 Million

    Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas History

  • $141 Million

    Verdict Won for 9 Survivors of Explosion

  • $97 Million

    Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers

  • Record-Setting $92.7 Million

    Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim

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No Matter How Tough the Fight

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, Williams Olefins, Exxon-Mobil, and the biggest names in every industry. The tougher the case, the better. 

We go toe-to-toe with the largest plant-owning companies worldwide, and we beat them on a regular basis. We are 100% committed to winning your fight. 

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 can fight to get you what you need, no matter what.

Hear Our Clients' Stories

  • “I told him, “Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.” Because that’s how I feel toward him. He’s there to protect me, and I feel so safe. They are driven. They are aggressive. They will not quit for you. They will not give up for you. That’s what makes them special.”
    Mildred Solar Cortes El Faro Widow
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  • “They’re unstoppable! They definitely have the experience you need. They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like the David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
    Shawn Thomas Workplace Explosion Victim
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  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked. Our trial lasted around 10 days. Every night, they were working ‘til way after midnight. There were a couple nights they never even slept. It was just amazing to me and my family.”
    Terry Yount Father of Drug Injury Victim
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We've consistently received the legal industry's highest honors, won the nation's largest results, and been repeatedly featured in both local and national news publications. We're proud of these honors and deeply grateful to the clients who continually put their trust in our team.

Awards & Honors
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms 2023
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms 2022
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms 2020
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms 2019
  • Best Lawyers 2021
  • SuperLawyers
  • LawDragon - 500 Leading Lawyers 2020
  • Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Lawyer - Top Verdicts & Settlements 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
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Common Questions

  • Do I Need a Plant & Refinery Accident Attorney?

    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 plant 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. That's our plant and oil refinery injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. We help injured workers nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Can I File a Wrongful Death Case After a Refinery Accident?

    If you lost someone you love in a plant or refinery accident, you could have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a case filed in civil court against a person or company that acted with carelessness, negligence, or wrongdoing and therefore caused your loved one's death. Our oil refinery lawyers file wrongful death cases to help families find answers, get the financial support they need to rebuild, and see justice served.
  • 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.

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