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Texas is a state whose economy is largely dependent on the success of its oil and gas companies and other industrial companies. While these companies enjoy a vibrant existence throughout the state, they also come with various risks to workers and nearby property owners. Plant owners often care more about turning a profit than spending money to bring their plant into compliance. The existence of various chemical plants near residential neighborhoods means that neighbors may have to contend with periodic evacuations in case of any chemical spills or other scenarios. If you or a loved one have been injured in an industrial accidents involving burns or explosions, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texas is subject to strict scrutiny on both a state and federal level involving its chemical companies. The plants are often subject to periodic inspections which note whether safety standards are being followed by the company, and any failure to comply often results in fines against the company. However, these inspections may not catch everything, and some companies may skirt by with the bare minimum compliance standards met. This opens up the possibility of tragic accidents that have the potential to not only impact workers at the plant, but neighboring communities as well.
The smallest mistake in a plant can have devastating consequences to the community and the subsequent release of dangerous chemicals. Tragic accidents, such as the plant explosion in West, Texas, could impact hundreds of residents who live in the nearby plant facility. These companies should be held accountable for their actions leading to dangerous explosions.
Burns suffered during a chemical explosion or related event are different and more difficult to treat than burns suffered during a traditional fire, and are often widespread. Chemical burns have long-lasting results and cannot be easily treated in the minutes after the explosion. Victims may have to be life-flighted to hospitals several hundred miles away, which only increases the expense of medical care. Not every insurance company will cover the amount of these emergency treatments. The company should be held responsible for any injuries which are the result of an explosion, even if the accident was a specific employee’s fault. Companies must ensure that their employees are trained to handle all equipment and prevent dangerous accidents from occurring, thereby placing workers and neighbors at risk.
As the victim of an explosion or related accident, you may be entitled to receive the following in damages:
An experienced personal injury attorney will assist you in determining the full extent of your damages and will further assist in calculating the total you should include in your claim. As the victim, you should not be forced to go through the rest of your life with devastating injuries that are financially difficult to treat, as well as physically difficult to fully heal from.
If you or a loved one were injured in an explosion resulting in burns to your body, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler and Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in assisting your clients with claims resulting from burns they sustained after an explosion. Texas may be one of the leading states in terms of chemical and oil and gas companies, but this does not mean that these companies should not take the appropriate steps to guarantee the safety of their workers and neighboring communities. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.