Throughout Texas, plant and refinery workers transform oil or petroleum into gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel. There's no doubt they provide a valuable service to our country, but these jobs can be quite dangerous.
If you've been injured in a plant or refinery accident, you're entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced plant and refinery accident attorneys at SJ Injury Attorneys are committed to providing you with the support you need to protect your right to a fair settlement for the harm you've suffered.
Common Types of Plant and Refinery Accidents and Injuries
The oil and petroleum industry is unique in that workers are exposed to multiple safety hazards on a daily basis. Some of the common types of accidents that occur include:
- Heavy equipment malfunctions
- Toxic chemical spills
- Slip and falls
- Falls from high platforms
- Injuries from scaffolding that hasn't been set up correctly
- Loading and unloading equipment accidents
These accidents can lead to severe injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring cuts
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Limb amputation
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
After an Accident, Workers' Compensation Isn't Your Only Option
As in other states, Texas workers can file a workers' compensation claim after a work-related injury. However, Texas workers also have the right to file a personal injury claim if they can prove that their employer acted negligently. If a plant or refinery accident causes a fatality, the deceased person's next of kin or the executor of the estate has the right to file a wrongful death claim. This is an extension of the personal injury claim the deceased person would have been allowed to file if they had survived.
For plant and refinery workers, evidence of negligence can often be found through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations indicating a pattern of not taking the legally required safety precautions. Testimony from other employees regarding worker training practices can also prove to be valuable evidence, as can photos or videos showing unsafe conditions in the workplace.
If you qualify, our plant and refinery accident attorneys can get your total compensation increased significantly. Workers' compensation claims do not pay the full value of your lost wages, nor do they compensate you for the pain and suffering you've endured as a result of the accident. A personal injury claim can ensure that you have the funds you need to move forward with your life despite the injuries you have suffered.
Taking action can also help others. Often, a personal injury settlement forces administrators to make long-overdue safety changes. Did you know that from 2008 to 2017, 1,566 oil industry workers died in on-the-job accidents—which is approximately the same number of troops that were killed in the war in Afghanistan during this time? In addition to providing the compensation you and your family need, your lawsuit could very well lead to changes that save lives.
How Our Plant and Refinery Accident Attorneys Can Help
Our plant and refinery accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent employers fully accountable for their actions. If you've suffered a serious injury in a plant or refinery accident, we can:
- Investigate the cause of your accident
- Ensure your damages are thoroughly documented
- Locate relevant expert witnesses to testify on issues related to liability, the extent of your injuries, your future medical needs, and how your earning potential will be affected
- Negotiate with insurance company representatives and plant or refinery attorneys on your behalf
- File appropriate paperwork by the necessary deadlines
- Prepare to take your case to trial if a fair settlement can't be reached
If your injuries are currently preventing you from working, it's understandable to be concerned about the cost of legal representation. However, we offer a free consultation and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. There is no out-of-pocket cost for representation until you receive a settlement or a favorable trial verdict. Then, your fee will be a percentage of your financial recovery.
Contact us today to get started on your plant or refinery accident claim. SJ Injury Attorneys serves clients throughout Texas, including those in Houston, Pasadena, Baytown, Clear Lake, Webster, Friendswood, Deer Park, LaPorte, Texas City, League City, Galveston, Pearland, Spring, Katy, Channelview, Jersey Village, and Missouri City.