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Plant explosions damages aren't limited to the perimeters of the plant; in a lot of cases, the force will push outwards and pieces of the building itself can travel in many directions. As a result, an explosion can damage properties nearby—including vehicles, homes, or businesses. If a business is damaged during an explosion, it is vital to pursue a business interruption claim to cover the financial loss of a suspended business.

In other cases, the damage done to property after an explosion might not be as readily apparent. For example, contamination from the explosion can take a long time before they are realized; however, this does not mean that it is not any less important. Groundwater, soil, and dust can all be contaminated from the toxins released in the explosion, which can cause long-term health risks to the local community. This can manifest in lung problems, the possibility of cancer, and many other diseases that result from the long-term and unknowing exposure to possible carcinogens.

What Property Owners Should Do After an Explosion

Following an explosion, it is important to keep calm.

Your immediate actions may have a direct impact on the future unfolding of events, and it is distinctly important that you do everything possible to help yourself in the long run. There are several steps that can help you should it be necessary to pursue a property damage claim.

Steps you should immediately complete following the incident include:

  • Carefully identify and take note of all damage.
  • Make a list of all damaged or missing items.
  • Take pictures! Having photographic evidence is invaluable.
  • Preserve any evidence that might be important in the claim.
  • Make temporary repairs but keep track of all receipts.
  • Call a local lawyer to help you assess the situation.

The Result of Plant Explosions

In the aftermath of a plant explosion, the noticeable effects might not accurately reflect the true damage caused by the disaster. While it can be easy to identify roof destruction and the injuries that result from an explosion, it can be much more difficult to spot other effects that could be significantly more damaging than those that were immediately revealed. Take, for example, property contamination; the toxins and hazardous chemicals that are released into the air upon explosion or fire can travel beyond the perimeters of the plant on which the explosion occurred. In effect, the businesses and landowners nearby the plant can be adversely affected by contamination to their water and crops.

Poor air quality is another great example of the seemingly invisible damages that can result from a plant explosion or refinery fire in your area. Although the immediate response to a disaster of this nature will, of course, be to attend to the injuries of victims and remedy the physical property damage that resulted, other resources need to be utilized to fully treat the effects of an explosion. In addition, divisions of the federal government, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will need to be involved.

The harmful toxins released during an explosion pose a significant risk to workers of the refinery, as well as business operators and landowners nearby.

Poor Air Quality Can Affect Your Health

Professors of air quality, as well as environmental specialists, have declared that caustic substances such as ammonia and hazardous materials that are stored in plant refineries can be extremely toxic to the environment, as well as the people directly in their vicinity. Even an immediate response from environmental agencies might not be enough to stop the toxic damage from a plant explosion. In fact, it is quite likely that the actions taken in response to a disaster such as this will be geared more toward future prevention. Therefore, surrounding residents and business owners in the area need to secure legal representation that can help them protect against the harmful environmental effects of an explosion.

The following health conditions could develop as a result of prolonged exposure to poor air quality:

  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Heart Disease

Property Contamination Caused by Explosions

here are many chemicals and gases that are exposed to heat, fire, and other forms of extreme temperatures. When this is the case, the environment is classified as unstable. This is particularly true of oil refinery plants that frequently use intense amounts of heat to complete the refining processes inherent of their work. Exposed to high degrees of heat, certain substances are at great risk of exploding, thereby releasing toxic chemicals into an environment that is already suffering from high temperatures and the shock waves of the explosion.

Common types of explosions that present the most risk to workers and other nearby persons include:

  • Industrial Explosions
  • Refinery Explosions
  • Residential Gas Explosions
  • Fuel Tank Explosions
  • Boil Explosions
  • Natural Gas Explosions
  • Propane Explosions
  • Petroleum Explosions

Anyone who is working on site at a plant that explodes can be significantly injured. The inhalation of toxic chemicals is one of the biggest risks to refinery workers. In fact, property contamination remains a leading problem among several of the companies within the refinery industry.

Land & Water Contamination on Your Property

Regardless of whether you were exposed at your workplace or if you reside near a refinery that has released harmful chemicals into the environment, you could be eligible for compensation. In fact, landowners are some of the hardest hit when a plant explosion occurs. Oil and gas companies are responsible for the environmental damages that are experienced by many landowners whose property lies nearby a plant refinery. Unfortunately, property contamination is a serious problem that many leading industry officials in the refinery business have yet to rectify.

Roof Damage Caused by Plant Explosions

Although the flames of an explosion are usually confined to the plant itself, the debris of the explosion often carries over to nearby workplaces or residential properties. In fact, the landowners of surrounding properties are sometimes just as adversely affected by a plant explosion as the refinery is itself. A natural consequence of flying debris is often roof damage to nearby properties. As blown-out building parts are scattered, the closest thing upon which they might land is the rooftop of an adjacent building. Business and residential homes alike can be significantly impacted by the force with which their roof is hit—particularly if the damages to the building are impacted by an already unstable rooftop.

How to Recover Financial Compensation for Your Physical Damages

Property damage, especially roof damage, can be extremely pricey to repair.

Businesses whose roofs are damaged might need to suspend work while repairs take place. Homeowners whose rooftops are wrecked might need to move out of their homes while repairs are underway. In both circumstances, money and time will be unavoidably lost.

As a business owner whose company required a suspension for repairs, you are entitled to file a business interruption claim. When completed effectively, these claims can be used to help cover the financial expenses that were incurred as a result of suspending the production of your business. As a homeowner who was forced to vacate their home to accommodate roof repairs, legal action can be taken to reclaim the money that was spent on repairing your roof, as well as money spent to accommodate temporary living conditions. Under almost any circumstance, if it can be proven that roof damage was caused to your property unnecessarily, then legal action can be taken to recover compensation.

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At Arnold & Itkin, we are well-versed in all matters relating to the statute of limitations (SOL) and can help you understand the time frame you have following an explosion. In most cases, you have about two years following the incident to make a claim, but this can change depending on certain circumstances; for example, in cases where the damage is noted years down the line. If you are unsure whether or not you still have time to file a claim, do not hesitate to contact an attorney from our firm. Whether you are suffering from poor air quality or the results of roof damage, we are here to help. We have been able to recover billions of dollars on behalf of our clients and have been successful in handling complex litigation of all kinds. We were even involved in cases involving the 2013 Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, the 2005 explosion at the BP plant in Texas City, TX, and the offshore explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. Give us a call to learn more!

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  • $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.
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  • $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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