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Industrial and Petrochemical Accident

Petrochemical Disasters – Life Changing Episodes

Fires – explosions – poison gas leaks. These petrochemical or industrial accidents are life changing, if not life ending.
The Texas City British Petroleum (“BP”) explosion in 2005 that killed 15 and injured 170 was a tragic example of corporate negligence. The company’s lack of proper safety protocols for the maintenance and use of dangerous equipment or hazardous materials produced dire and extremely expensive results. British Petroleum is the third largest refinery in the nation with profits of $19 billion in 2005. Innocent people put their trust in this corporate giant to ensure their safety, but BP failed to protect the health and safety of its workers. This explosion was the worst workplace accident since 1989.

This is just one example of the many accidents that occur almost daily in workplaces across the United States. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) standards have changed a great deal over the last few years because of the prevalence of accidents and deaths at industrial worksites. The almost criminal safety and maintenance practices or willful violation of safety rules by some companies in the United States have forced federal and state review of the corporate safety atmospheres of these companies.

OSHA is not holding offending companies fully responsible for serious or multiple on-site offenses through reprimands, fines or closures, so these companies must be held responsible through litigation with the injured or their loved ones. The money damages resulting from workplace accidents not only establish a more stable financial future for the injured but work to ensure that the company will establish and comply with better safety practices and patterns.

If you or a loved one has suffered a petrochemical or industrial accident injury, you must find competent legal counsel to guard your long-term financial and medical interests.

The Law

The cause of action for industrial and petrochemical accidents is based in negligence. The statute of limitations for these types of lawsuits is two years from the date of incident or injury.

Money Damages

Financial recovery can include past, present and future medical bills. Other potential areas of compensation, depending on the facts of the situation, are mental pain and suffering damages, lost past and future wages, permanent impairment/disfigurement, punitive damages, wrongful death damages and loss of enjoyment of life.

“The best of wages will not compensate for excessively long working hours which undermine heath.”
Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Brandeis: The Personal History of an American Ideal

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