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Chemical Spills & Leaks

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Chemical Spill & Plant Leak Attorneys

Over $10 Billion Won by Our Team of Houston Chemical Leak Lawyers

Oil and gas companies all over the country are responsible for millions upon millions of pounds of dangerous chemicals. Without proper storage or equipment maintenance, these chemicals could cause serious and fatal injuries to workers and communities nationwide. Unfortunately, every year companies end up causing chemical spills or chemical releases that cause untold and permanent damage to innocent people.

For chemical plant workers, your employer is 100% responsible for maintaining a safe working environment. It’s their responsibility to prevent chemical releases and equip their workers to deal with chemical spills to avoid toxic exposure—and when workers end up getting hurt or killed by chemical spills, they have a responsibility to provide for that worker or their family. At minimum, that means providing for medical costs and lost income.

The chemical plant leak attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have investigated dozens of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, including British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, and others. We’ve won more than $10 billion in results for our clients, helping them rebuild their lives after life-changing accidents, including plant and refinery accidents. If you or a loved one were exposed to toxins due to a chemical spill, speak with our plant leak lawyers.

Our chemical leak attorneys represent clients throughout Texas and nationwide, including cities such as La Porte, Baytown, Pasadena, Houston, Pearland, League City, and beyond. Call (888) 493-1629 today for a free consultation!

Numerous Chemical Spills at LyondellBasell Plants in July 2021

In July 2021, multiple LyondellBasell facilities had issues with uncontrolled chemical releases or chemical spills. On July 13, a facility in Sulphur, LA had a power outage that led to heavy flaring and thick black smoke that covered the area. Only a few days later, the Houston LyondellBasell refinery (one of the largest in the country) had a chemical leak that triggered headaches and nausea in the nearby community of Galena Park. Then, on July 27, a massive chemical leak at the LyondellBasell plant in La Porte killed 2 workers and hospitalized 30 others.

The chemical leak included acetic acid, the vapor of which is extremely dangerous. Our acid leak lawyers are currently investigating the LyondellBasell acid spill as of this writing.

What to Do After a Chemical Release at a Plant or Refinery

Following a chemical spill, workers must immediately alert coworkers and supervisors. If clothing was contaminated, it must be removed, and the skin must be flushed for at least 15 minutes. This will help prevent chemical burns. When the flammable material is spilled, there is also an increased risk of a chemical fire.

In this case, it may be necessary to contact the fire department and a hazardous material team so they can contain the spill. Chemical spills can cause serious injury as well as property damage in nearby communities. These spills may also cause explosions and fires at plants and refineries.

Chemical Spill FAQ

Why do chemical spills happen?

Spills at chemical plants are often caused by cutting corners on safety regulations, equipment maintenance, or proper training. Workers must be thoroughly trained and provided with the right safety equipment for their protection and to prevent spills from occurring in the first place. If chemical plant owners allow inexperienced employees to handle dangerous chemicals or operate complex machinery, if they push their workers to meet unrealistic production deadlines, or if they fail to inspect and maintain aging equipment, everyone at the plant and in nearby communities will pay the price.

Our firm is committed to helping people whose lives have been adversely impacted by chemical spills—including plant workers and people who live or work near chemical plants or refineries where spills have occurred.

How do chemical spills affect nearby communities?

Depending on the type of chemical, where the spill occurred, and how far it spread until it was contained, chemical spills can affect the environment in many ways. It can affect groundwater or other water sources. It can release dangerous toxins into the air. It can cause fires that are nearly impossible to put out. People in the community may need to be evacuated and may experience various damages. Individuals and businesses in the area affected by a chemical spill may experience property damage, respiratory problems, and financial losses.

What are my rights after a chemical spill accident?

If you were working at a chemical plant, live nearby, or own a business in the area, and you were injured or otherwise affected by a spill, you have the right to pursue compensation that will help set things right. The damages awarded in a chemical spill lawsuit are meant to help you rebuild your life by paying for medical care, property damage, lost income, and all other expenses or losses you have experienced. If you are a plant worker who was injured in a chemical spill, we can talk to you about your case to determine how to take legal action that can help you recoup your losses, heal, and move on with your life.

Get Help from a Chemical Leak Attorney. Call (888) 493-1629 Today.

If you have been injured by a chemical spill, you should speak with a chemical plant accident lawyer from our law firm as soon as you can. Chemical spills and plant leaks are incredibly serious, so don’t let your employer try to dissuade you from seeking legal help. At Arnold & Itkin, we have helped hundreds of people who have been injured by chemical plant accidents recover what they needed to rebuild their lives. We’ve beaten the largest companies in the world because we refuse to back down—no matter what.

If you want help from skilled attorneys with proven results representing victims of chemical spills and plant leaks, contact us today. Your consultation is free and private.

Case Results

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  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
  • $51 Million Settlement for Plant Workers Injured in Explosion Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $51,000,000 settlement for contract workers injured in a plant explosion after taking more than 40 depositions.
  • $44.6 Million Record-Setting Settlement Secured for 3 Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin secured an eight-figure settlement for a group of Gulf Coast refinery workers who were severely or fatally injured. Rather than do right by our clients and their families, the refinery put its money toward a legal team to get them off ...
  • $39.7 Million Record Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial Accident Attorneys Kyle Findley and Adam Lewis obtained a record $39.744 million verdict on behalf of a client who was burned in a severe dust fire and explosion at a plywood plant in Corrigan, TX.
  • $18.5 Million Second Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar Explosion In our second trial on behalf of victims of the 2013 plant explosion in Geismar, LA, Arnold & Itkin won a massive verdict for 4 workers and their families. The verdict will go toward providing the extensive care they have required in the years since ...
  • $15.5 Million Massive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion Victims Arnold & Itkin won a landmark verdict against Williams Companies, Inc. and child company Williams Olefins LLC for their part in the 2013 explosion that killed 2 workers and injured over 100 more. Williams Companies tried to blame the incident on ...
  • $13.7 Million Massive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury Arnold & Itkin represented a plant worker who was seriously injured in an accident on the job. Plant injuries are often complex, taking years to fully investigate and litigate. Fortunately, our firm’s work was able to secure a multi-million dollar ...
  • $12 Million Injured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries Our industrial injury lawyers have recently recovered $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery where he was employed. His settlement will go toward providing him with extensive and ...
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