Despite the fact that refinery fires and explosions are rare events, the resulting consequences, should an accident like this occur, are devastating. When the implementation of stringent federal safety procedures and regulations, refinery fires and explosion accidents can be avoided. Unfortunately, negligent safety practices can significantly increase the risk of accidents of this type occurring, which can result in accidental injury or death. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries, or if you have lost a loved one in an oil or gas refinery fire or explosion, contact the Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today. Immediate and thorough investigation by our experienced attorneys into the cause and circumstances of a refinery fire or explosion can help determine liability and may entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Oil Refinery Accidents
If you have been injured in a refinery accident caused by the negligence of another party or due to inadequate safety procedures, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit for financial compensation. Some of the most common causes of refinery fires and explosions include:
- Faulty equipment
- Negligent subcontractors
- Poor safety procedures
You may have been told that your only available form of recovery for a refinery accident is workers’ compensation. This may not be true. If you have suffered injuries due to third party negligence, you may have a basis for compensation through a civil lawsuit.
Oil Refinery Fire and Explosion Injuries
Possible injuries resulting from involvement in a refinery fire or explosion may include:
- Burn injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Fractures or broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain damage
In March 2005, a fire and explosion occurred at BP’s Texas City refinery in Texas, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 170 other people. As a result of this refinery accident, BP was fined for hundreds of safety violations and charged with criminal violations of federal environmental laws. The company was additionally fined for failing to implement safety improvements following the disaster.
Oil Refinery Fire and Explosion Liability
Injury Attorneys in Corpus Christi, TX
The Corpus Christi personal injury lawyers at Bandas Law Firm have experience in litigating refinery fire and explosion accidents and have a thorough understanding of the laws, regulations and common safety failures surrounding refinery fires and explosion accidents in Texas. If you have been injured in a refinery fire or explosion, the allegedly negligent company and its insurance agents are most likely taking every possible opportunity to limit your legal opportunities to seek compensation.