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Helping the Victims of Plant & Refinery Accidents

Millions Won After Some of the Nation's Most Catastrophic Accidents

Plant explosions are tragic, environmentally harmful, and dangerous. Worst of all, they are nearly always preventable. Plant managers and owners can take steps to stop these tragedies before they happen. But they don't. Industry is the backbone of this country, and it's what has made us a leader for over a century. That's why it bewilders us when companies do not take care of their facilities or their workers—these are things they depend on in order to continue. Companies need workers.

Unfortunately, we've found that plant owners and managers are dangerously short-sighted.

They forego routine maintenance in the name of uninterrupted production, despite the fact that it is more cost-effective to invest into the longevity of the equipment. They treat OSHA regulations regarding equipment updates like afterthoughts rather than the safety tools they were designed to be. They hire workers and put them to work unprepared and ill-trained, endangering everyone's lives.

These are not empty accusations either. These are based on our experience litigating plant explosions nationwide, including the 2013 Olefins Geismar explosion. The root cause of the explosion was Olefins’ failure to follow correct procedure. For the cost of a $5 repair, Williams Olefins LLC could have spared over 160 workers injury, trauma, and death. But they didn’t—and good men paid the price.

That’s why many of these workers have turned to Arnold & Itkin to present their cases. We have already won over $30 million in verdicts for victims of the Geismar explosion, and we aren’t finished yet. We will continue to fight for injured workers until refinery companies prioritize safety above short-term profits.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin tried a case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about a drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual ...
  • $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.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $171 Million 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.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
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