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Factory Accident Attorneys

Serving Injured Workers in Texas, Louisiana & Nationwide

Over 100 years ago, manufacturing is what transformed America into a world power. Our ability to mobilize our citizens into a skilled workforce allowed us to build state-of-the-art factories, manufacture thousands upon thousands of consumer and commercial products, and supply the nation's ravenous hunger for clothes, medicine, construction materials, fuel, and weaponry.

Unfortunately, the speed at which we moved had a cost: factory workers were losing limbs (and lives) to "feed the machine." So, our great-grandparents fought for safety rules that prioritized human lives over productivity. If factories had to move a little slower, that was okay—we could (and did) innovate around it. There was one thing upon which the first worker advocates would not budge: personal safety would not be an acceptable price for faster factories. Today, Arnold & Itkin carries on the work started by our forebears. When factories explode, when injuries are catastrophic and life-changing, when families lose their loved ones, our Houston factory accident attorneys are there to hold employers accountable. More importantly, we're there to make sure our clients get everything they need to put their lives back together.

Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to learn how we can help you rebuild your life after a factory accident. One phone call could change your life forever.

The Deadliest Factory Accidents in U.S. History

  • The Falk Corporation Explosion (December 2006): An explosion triggered by a gas leak at a gear factory killed 3 workers and injured 47 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The explosion leveled multiple buildings.
  • The PEPCON Disaster (May 1988): A chemical factory in Henderson, Nevada caught fire and triggered multiple explosions that killed 2 and injured more than 300 people.
  • The Benton Fireworks Disaster (May 1983): An illegal fireworks-making operating exploded in Benton, Tennessee, killing 11 and injuring 1. It caused damage for several miles around the makeshift factory.
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (March 1911): A garment factory caught fire while the doors were locked, leading to the deaths of 145 workers—most of them young girls. This factory accident inspired public action on behalf of workers throughout the United States.

Factory Accidents We've Investigated

The 2013 Williams Olefins Explosion

In the early 2000s, Williams Olefins was warned that their reboiler system had a fatal flaw that would make it easy for the reboiler tanks to become pressurized bombs accidentally. The company ignored the warnings and didn't spend the few dollars it would have taken to fix it. In June 2013, the warnings came true–the reboiler exploded, killing 2 and injuring 167. We represented several of the workers who were injured, securing $15.45 million in an initial trial and $18.5 million in a second trial only weeks later.

The 2005 BP Refinery Explosion

Eight weeks before the second-largest oil refinery in the United States exploded, BP received a report about their facility. The report, which was privately commissioned, outlined the grievous safety issues workers at the plant were facing. Rather than stop production to fix these problems, however, BP elected to continue. The exact problems brought up in the report caused an explosion that killed 15 and injured hundreds. Our firm helped ensure that the victims of this explosion received enough money to recover from their serious injuries.

The 2014 Georgia Pacific Plywood Plant Explosion

Three different companies were responsible for a massive explosion that rocked a factory near Corrigan, TX. The plant owners, the suppression system company, and the air filtration manufacturer were all found legally at-fault for the severe burns our client suffered after the blast. The explosion also killed two other workers and left our client in need of multiple surgeries. The jury awarded him $39 million for his damages.

$171 Million Awarded in Confidential Settlements After a Massive Factory Fire

In one of our most heartwrenching cases, Arnold & Itkin represented a group of refinery workers who were severely burned when their workplace caught fire. Burns are the costliest injuries anyone can suffer, but their employer wasn't helping with the recovery at all. The employer refused to settle for years, dragging out the litigation process. Our attorneys continued relentlessly gathering information.

Finally, our attorneys developed a case that proved the fire was the employer's fault. They finally took their workers' claims seriously, settling with all of them for a total of $171 million. Thanks to our guidance and resources, we compelled one of the largest companies in the world to take worker safety seriously and do the right thing by our clients.

See for yourself what plant and refinery workers think about their experience with us!

“I was able to actually witness them in court. They went in there like straight bulldogs, and they won. 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 amazing thing to see. I would recommend them to anybody, I mean anybody. When they say Super Lawyers, that's what they mean.”
Shawn Thomas

“I felt like family because they were there to listen and hear—not just brush you off because ‘you're just a client.’ They let me know when I met them that everything was going be all right. Ever since the day I met them until today that I'm sitting here, they have always had my back.”
Veronica Sowell

“They're very professional. They didn't back down. That's why I like my lawyers. Even when I had to do my testimony in court, they didn't let those lawyers run over me. They fought hard. You have some lions with Arnold & Itkin. They not going to back down.”
Maurice Dilworth

Factory Accident FAQ

Is factory work dangerous?

Factory workers are responsible for constructing and manufacturing virtually every type of product on the market, from children’s toys to motor vehicles. They have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries and deaths in the U.S. They work around and with heavy machinery and may also be exposed to hazardous substances, extreme temperatures, and other potential dangers. When factory owners observe safety standards, maintain equipment, and properly train employees, however, the risk of injury is far lower. The truth is that the field may have inherent dangers, but nearly every factory accident could have been prevented if the right precautions had been taken.

Factory work becomes dangerous when companies care more about profits and production than their hard-working employees. At Arnold & Itkin, we stand up for injured factory workers and their families, exposing these injustices.

What are some types of factory accidents?

Factory accidents may range from slip and fall accidents that cause minor injuries to explosions that claim multiple workers’ lives. The workers who are harmed in these accidents have the right to receive medical care and financial support for their work-related injuries, through workers’ compensation or personal injury lawsuits. Families can file wrongful death lawsuits against at-fault parties.

Arnold & Itkin handles factory accident cases involving:

  • Fires and explosions
  • Assembly line accidents
  • Heavy machinery malfunction
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Chemical spills
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Injuries caused by falling objects

What should I do if I lost a loved one in a factory accident?

If you lost a parent, spouse, child, or another family member in a factory accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if workers’ comp does not apply or a third party (someone other than your loved one’s employer or co-worker) was involved. Workers’ compensation is provided on a no-fault basis and may cover funeral costs and also a portion of your loved one’s lost wages.

Because workers’ comp provides limited benefits, it is important to determine whether a wrongful death case would apply. Bringing responsible parties to justice in this way brings peace of mind and helps a family recover additional compensation to ensure they’re taken care of for life.

Call (888) 493-1629 to Discuss Your Factory Accident

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a work accident, call the Houston factory accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. Our firm has the resources, experience, and tenacity to level the playing field between you and your employer. More importantly, we know how to fight for the amount that you need to survive—enough to pay for past and future medical care, provide for your family, and rebuild your life.

It all starts with a phone call. Here's how it works: you'll request a time to speak with a lawyer in a free review of your case—you can either call us or send us a message through our simple form. Together, you and your attorney will go over your options and the best way forward. If we can help you, we'll cover the cost of your case from beginning to end; our clients never receive an invoice or a bill.

If you're ready to begin, we're ready to hear your story. Call (888) 493-1629 or use the short form below to have a lawyer go over your options with you.

Arnold & Itkin LLP
6009 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 7007
(888) 493-1629

Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $171Million 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.
  • $97Million 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.
  • $39.7Million 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.
  • $18.5Million 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 the explosion as well as the care they will need for the rest of their lives. This was the second of 2 massive verdicts Arnold & Itkin won against Williams Companies, Inc.
  • $15.5Million 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 their limited liability shell company, but the jury saw through the defense. They awarded 95% of the blame to Williams Companies, Inc. and gave our clients the money they needed for medical care.
  • $13.7Million 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 settlement mere months after the injury took place. Now our client’s medical expenses and other needs are taken care of for the rest of his life.
  • $12Million 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 long-term medical care. His employer chose to settle his case two weeks before trial was set to begin.
  • $11.7Million Settlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin successfully recovered $11.75 million on behalf of a man who was injured while working a turnaround at an industrial plant. He was injured because he and his team were not informed of the plant’s dangers, and his family turned to Arnold & Itkin shortly afterward. Our team was able to get him money for his present and future medical expenses less than a year after he was injured.
  • $11.6Million Verdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job Our client was only offered $300,000 by the defendant for his near-total loss of sight in one eye, but the jury only deliberated for less than 2 days before they found the defendant guilty of defective equipment design. They gave our client an award of $11.6 million.
  • $4.97Million Settlement Reached for Orthopaedic Injury Victim Our team worked to represent a client who was severely injured while working at a chemical plant. He was performing construction and maintenance work at the time of the incident. In the end, our firm was successful in settling the case for $4.97 million.
  • $4.8Million Verdict Won for Bereaved Daughter Kurt Arnold recovered $4.8 million for a client whose father was killed after suffering a severe head injury in Port Arthur, Texas. Winning justice for grieving clients is a primary reason we became lawyers, and it's our honor to help clients like this one receive help.
  • $4Million Victim of Plant Explosion Received Millions in Settlement Arnold & Itkin attorneys represented a Mississippi man who was severely injured in a Texas refinery plant explosion. Cases like these require a high level of experience and investigative resources due to the myriad factors involved in a plant explosion. Our attorneys are proud to have helped our client receive a settlement of $4,000,000.
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