Waukegan Plant Explosion Lawyers
Billions Won by Plant Explosion Attorneys Near Chicago, IL
There are few workplaces where mistakes and negligence can lead to a massive explosion; working in a chemical plant is one of them. Plant explosions cause workers to suffer life-altering and often fatal injuries. When a plant explosion happens, the company responsible for it should pay for it. Sadly, the reality of any workplace accident is this: employees who are not at fault typically pay the steepest price for workplace negligence. Unsafe practices, negligent management, and other hazards make industrial work some of the most high-risk work in the nation.
The Waukegan plant accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have seen the same pattern too many times. Despite having safety plans and policies, plant owners allow safety practices to degrade over time—whether to save money or through simple negligence—and workers pay the heaviest price for it. After an explosion, plant owners continue operating while workers and their families struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives. Our firm has held the largest industrial companies in the world accountable for the harm they cause workers, winning our clients record-setting results in the process. With billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, we have the experience and track record to fight for your family’s needs.
Call our Chicago plant explosion attorneys today at (888) 493-1629 if you were in a plant accident. A member of our team is ready to discuss your legal and financial options at no cost.
Waukegan Plant Explosion Injuries
Injuries from explosions are life-changing, and not just physically; recovering from explosion injuries requires time and money that most people don’t have. Explosions typically cause catastrophic injuries, a legal term for a permanent injury that impedes a person’s mobility or cognitive function. These injuries often cost families $1 million or more in medical bills, lost work hours, diminished earning capacity, and future care.
Catastrophic injuries include:
- Acoustic trauma
- Blunt force trauma
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Neck & back injuries
- Scarring & disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
At Arnold & Itkin, our Waukegan plant explosion attorneys fight for workers and their families after serious accidents. We know that most families can’t afford to take care of themselves after a plant explosion. When the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for it; it’s that simple. Our experience equips us to fight for what your family will need for the rest of your lives.
The Waukegan Plant Explosion at AB Specialty Silicones Kills 3 Workers
On May 3, 2019, an explosion rocked the city of Waukegan, just 40 miles north of Chicago. As of May 6, 3 workers from the plant are confirmed dead, 1 worker is missing, and 3 more are receiving treatment for injuries in local hospitals. The blast was strong enough to be felt from 20 miles away, and five nearby building suffered significant damage. As rescuers began to clear rubble to search for the missing, investigators started their investigation into the cause of the accident.
Two (potentially three) workers died at the scene, and one of the injured workers died from burn injuries at the hospital the morning after the explosion. The loss of a loved one is one of the most profoundly devastating effects an explosion can have. Plant explosions that cause fatal injury create what the law calls “wrongful death suits,” or a lawsuit filed by the family of someone who died as a result of negligence.
Wrongful death suits are unique in that they’re the only way to punish a company for its negligence. Because companies don’t go to jail and rarely face criminal charges like, courts allow wrongful death suits to claim “punitive damages,” or damages purely for the sake of punishing at-fault companies. Filing wrongful death suits often compels companies to change their policies and operate more safely.
A History of Results for Plant Workers
Though authorities have yet to determine the cause of the accident, we’ve found that these incidents often have originate from the poor safety practices of plant owners. In one case, our attorneys secured two massive verdicts for victims of the William Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana.
The accident was caused by a lack of maintenance. After years of negligence, a faulty valve caused a reboiler to explode, killing 2 and injuring 167 more. We proved that William Olefins failed to maintain their plant and showed that this negligence caused the explosion. No matter how much the company pushed back, our attorneys persisted and eventually secured tens of millions for 8 workers and their families.
We have a track record for getting significant results after plant explosions and industrial fires:
- $97 million won for clients severely injured in a refinery fire.
- $87 million won for a man who sustained life-threatening burns while working at a refinery.
- $39.7 million won for a client who was burned in a dust explosion at a Texas plywood plant.
- $33.9 million total won for clients who were involved in the 2013 Geismar, LA plant explosion.
Call Our Waukegan Plant Explosion Lawyers Today at (888) 493-1629
The cases mentioned above are just a few examples of how Arnold & Itkin fights for the compensation that clients deserve. We’ve won billions of dollars for clients who needed help during some of the most difficult moments of their lives. Our firm exemplifies service and will provide the care you need during this difficult time. We know that our clients have financial concerns, so we do whatever we can to make sure you’re taken care of through the legal process. As for us, our clients pay nothing upfront. If we take your case, we’ll only collect a fee if we win.
Call Arnold & Itkin’s Chicago plant explosion attorneys as soon as possible. Consultation with a member of our team is free; call (888) 493-1629 to learn your legal options today.
Arnold & Itkin in the News
- Workers Injured in Chemical Plant Explosion Obtain $30 Million Verdicts In Two Louisiana State Court Trials Against Plant Owners/Operators
- CSB: 'Process safety management program deficiencies' lead to deadly 2013 explosion
- New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion
- ComDust victim awarded $39.7 million
- Houston jury awards $39.7 million verdict to man injured in Corrigan plant explosion
- Williams Cos. Hit With $13.6M Verdict In La. Plant Explosion