Common Injuries Resulting from Plant Explosions
Explosions can occur in refineries, plants, and anywhere natural gas or hydrocarbons are stored, processed, transported, or used. Every year, explosions kill and injure thousands of men and women, both in and out of the workplace. Explosions, fires, and chemical release accidents are preventable. The injuries or deaths from these accidents are usually due to negligent acts and omissions of the premises owner and contractors, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations. Many times, the guilty party has a history of OSHA violations or a reputation for being in a dangerous place to work.
Some of these most common plant explosion injuries include:
- Burns Injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress/anguish
Often plant explosion injuries lead to many challenges for workers before they can ever even think of getting back to work. These roadblocks can include future medical expenses, disability (permanent or temporary), disfigurement, and rehabilitation.
The highly skilled Houston plant explosion attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm have the experience and resources to hold companies that cause explosions fully accountable.
Proving Liability in Plant Explosion Cases
Determining who is at fault in a claim of negligence against someone who has caused an explosion is a complicated issue, typically requiring years of experience by lawyers with the resources to deconstruct the steps leading to an accident. Our plant explosion lawyers start this process by first establishing a duty of care—in other words, determining which person or entity is ultimately responsible for making sure no one is harmed while work is being done.
Once a plaintiff has established the existence of a duty of care, they must show the defendant did not fulfill that duty. Generally, a duty is considered breached if the defendant failed to act or acted in a way that caused the accident. Then, the workplace accident attorney must show causation. This means the plaintiff must not only prove the existence of a duty and breach of that duty but also that the breach of duty caused the injuries complained of. This means establishing a “link” between the defendant’s actions and the resulting injury.
Finally, if duty and causation have been proven, the plaintiff must also prove that he or she suffered damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Damages can include lost wages and medical costs, but also pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Without damages, there can be no claim.
Our Recent Plant Explosion Verdicts
“We recently secured a record-setting verdict for the family of a client killed in Hood County, Texas,” says Rob Ammons of The Ammons Law Firm. “An operator was working at a natural gas plant. The plant had what is called a hot oil heater. The hot oil heater had been improperly installed and had not been properly engineered. While the operator was using this heater, actually trying to light it, there was an explosion, resulting in his death.”
Rob Ammons and his team of plant explosion lawyers are committed to holding rule breakers responsible when they hurt or kill members of the community, as well as setting safety standards to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a plant explosion, call our Houston plant explosion lawyers today at (281) 801-5617. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.