Oilfield Explosion Attorneys in Corpus Christi
Representing Injured Victims & Their Families throughout Nueces County
On January 20th, an explosion occurred at the Southcross Energy natural
gas plant in Gregory. Fire and clouds of smoke could be seen from miles
away. Pipelines were shut off after the explosion erupted, but it still
took two hours for the fire to die out as the smell of natural gas spread
throughout the area. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths in the
accident. Authorities have begun an investigation to determine what caused
the explosion, though some believe it was caused by a defective valve.
With the large amount of energy production and chemical processing in the
state, gas and fire explosions are a frequent risk to workers and communities.
If you have been injured by an explosion, you should contact an attorney
to see if you can get compensation for your damages. Oil production and
processing facilities can be extremely dangerous, so they are tightly
regulated and have high safety standards. If a facility was violating
standard safety procedures when the explosion occurred, you will likely
be entitled to compensation.
Contact the Corpus Christi oilfield explosion attorneys at Bandas Law Firm, P.C.
for a free consultation regarding your case. Call (361) 238-2789 or submit
an online inquiry form to get started.
If you are injured at work, whether you are a gas and oil employee or not,
you are entitled to workers’ compensation. If this happens to you,
you should immediately inform your employer as well as begin the application
for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation will provide
for your medical expenses, as well as a portion of your wages but generally
restricts your ability to sue your employer for additional damages. There
are a few exceptions to this, so you should always contact a workers’
compensation lawyer after being injured in a gas or fire explosion.
Temporary Worker Injuries
In the past, temporary workers have had less protection in cases of workplace
injuries and often were not given the same type of safety training as
full-time workers. This has recently changed, and the Occupational Health
and Safety Administration (OSHA) is being stricter with companies that
fail to protect their temporary workers from gas and fire explosions.
Last month, OSHA issued 13 citations to a Mississippi company after a compressed
gas explosion killed one temporary worker and injured another. The two
workers had received no safety training and were completely unaware that
a tank next to their working area contained dangerous and explosive gases.
OSHA requires that companies always train and educate workers about the
risks if they are working close to compressed gases. The gases involved
in the Mississippi accident, hydrogen sulfide and methane, are both explosive
and dangerous, but these deaths may have been prevented if better training
If you are a temporary worker who has been injured on the job in gas and
fire explosions, you should contact one of our Corpus Christi oilfield
explosion and fire attorneys immediately. We will help you investigate
what happened and see if workers’ compensation or a personal injury
suit is available to you.
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 oilfield and oil refinery fires and explosions include:
- Faulty equipment
- Negligent subcontractors
- Poor safety procedures
- Defective products
- Poor maintenance of pipes, valves, and joints
- Metal fatigue
- Improper repair welds
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 & Explosion Injuries
Possible injuries resulting from involvement in an oilfield or refinery
fire or explosion may include:
- Burn injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Head or neck injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Fractures or broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain damage
Past Fire & Explosion Accidents in the Oil Industry
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.
In September 2010, a gas pipeline run by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
exploded in California, resulting in devastating loss of life and property.
According to authorities, eight people were killed in the pipeline explosion,
dozens more were injured, 38 homes were destroyed, and 17 homes were deemed
uninhabitable. Gas and oil pipeline explosions are relatively rare, but
when they do occur, the consequences are typically catastrophic.
Liability in Oil Fire & Explosion Cases
When oil companies fail to follow federal safety regulations or take shortcuts
to save or make more money, they put the lives of their employees at unnecessary
risk. If you have suffered injuries resulting from a pipeline explosion
on the job, contact the Corpus Christi oilfield accident attorneys at
Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today. In addition to workers’ compensation
benefits, you may be entitled to financial compensation, which you can
recover by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can protect
your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.
Call our office at (361) 238-2789 or fill out and submit an online contact
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