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“Working in industrial plants & refineries is important work. It's hard work, but it's not always safe work. Unfortunately, for the men and women who work in the plants, their safety is often put at risk; whether that's aging equipment, operator errors, or the safety policies and procedures being written down on a piece of paper but not actually be followed in the plants.”

- Jason Itkin
Millions Won for Victims of

Plant & Refinery Explosions

Plant explosions have been mentioned on the news more frequently in the last few years. The Texas City explosion, Geismar explosion—these events are tragic, environmentally harmful, and dangerous for the community. Worst of all, these events are preventable. Plant managers and owners can take steps to stop these tragedies before they ever happen. But they don't. Industry is the backbone of this country, and it's what has made us a leader on the world stage 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 healthy workers.

Unfortunately, we have 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 that killed 2 workers and injured dozens more. 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 plant workers until refinery companies prioritize safety above short-term profits.

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  • “They genuinely care. Their goal is to get what is just due to their clients, to provide that better quality of life that is due to them.”
  • “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.”
  • “What sets Arnold & Itkin apart is the way they treat you. It is just the respect they show you—the care.”
  • “My thoughts are that I have the best. I knew I was going to win because I had them on my side. Because I had the best lawyers, that was it. That’s what I felt in my heart.”
  • “My future looks very bright through Arnold & Itkin. I can honestly tell you that my family is well taken care of, our worrying is over. Everything is just fine now.”
  • “They just have a lot of integrity. They did what they said they were going to do—things didn’t work one way, they would find a way to make things work.”
  • “They took care of me. They took care of everything that I needed to be handled; financially, mentally, and physically—they were there for me.”

Industrial Accident

Case Results
  • $171 Million

    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.

  • $44 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned him down. Our firm got him the largest award ever given in a case involving loss of limb, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.

  • $18.5 Million

    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.

  • $13.75 Million

    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.

  • $12 Million

    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.

  • $11.75 Million

    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.

  • $11.6 Million

    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.

  • $4.97 Million

    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.

  • $4.8 Million

    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.

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