Workplace accidents cause thousands of on-the-job injuries every year in Texas.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, you are entitled to compensation for your financial losses. For many accident victims, there may be multiple sources of compensation in addition to workers' compensation. If your injury was caused by the negligent behavior of another party, you may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, our Houston workplace injury lawyers aggressively work to obtain the compensation clients need to rebuild their lives and face the future.
For a free consultation, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mail us.
Handling a Variety Of Work Injury Cases
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered workplace injuries:
- Admiralty and maritime injuries: Including injuries in barge and vessel accidents, boating collisions, cargo ship accidents, drowning incidents, ship channel accidents, and injuries related to the Death on the High Seas Act, the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
- Oil and gas injuries: Including injuries in oil refinery accidents, on oil and gas fields, on oil rigs and due to offshore drilling
- Construction injuries
- FELA and railroad claims
- Mesothelioma and asbestosis injuries caused by asbestos exposure
- Workplace burns
We also handle injuries related to noncompliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
When we take a workplace injury case, we are determined to prevail for our client. We understand the difficulties these cases can sometimes present, but we also know the difference that success in a case can make in the lives of our clients.
Our job is to consider the facts of what happened to cause the accident. However, our focus is always on the future — and what we can do to help our client recover or cope with the aftermath of the event.
In every case, our goal is to maximize the total compensation the client receives.
Explosions frequently result in life-altering injuries and permanent disability or death. The source and cause of the explosion that caused the injuries or burns are crucial determinations that form the basis of a personal injury explosion case.
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an explosion that was the result of negligence, you may have grounds to bring a personal injury claim.
Determining the cause of an explosion and the parties responsible is a complex process. Perhaps the explosion that caused your injury was caused by a defective product in your home. On the other hand, if an explosion at a refinery or petrochemical facility or another industrial accident caused your injury, there could be a variety of factors contributing to its cause:
- Violations of applicable codes, standards or recommended OSHA safety practices
- Defective products or combinations of defective products
- Minimal or no information on the safe handling and use of propane or natural gas
We have handled significant numbers of cases involving explosions related to gas pipelines, industrial plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities.
The explosion victims we represent come to us with devastating burn injuries. We know from experience that the monetary, mental and physical costs of recovering from a burn injury are staggering. A burn injury can require months (sometimes years) of hospitalization, doctors' visits and physical therapy and often even requires extensive counseling to overcome the mental trauma sustained from a burn injury.
In 2013, the West Fertilizer Plant exploded, leveling the small Texas town, taking the homes of hundreds with it. As many as 200 people were injured and 14 people were killed in the industrial explosion and the rescue efforts that followed.
Serious and often fatal blasts, like the West, Texas explosion, affect more than just workplace accidents to those employed by the plant; individuals and families are also left to rebuild after a business destroys the lives and livelihoods of those around it.
Industrial plants dot the Texas landscape, providing a backbone to many local economies, providing jobs and revenue. These plants have a duty to operate responsibly and maintain safety standards to protect those who share a community with a:
- Fertilizer plant
- Chemical plant
- Paper plant
- Petrochemical plant
When these plants fail to protect their community, they should be held responsible. Common causes of plant explosions include:
- Inadequate or improper handling and storage of toxic and flammable materials
- Poorly maintained machinery
- Violations of regulatory requirements, including OSHA standards
A plant explosion can have far-reaching impact, causing injury to people who don't work there. A sudden fire, a cloud of smoke and a resulting explosion can cause:
- Serious visible personal injuries, including broken bones, lost limbs and burn injuries
- Serious invisible personal injuries, including toxic exposure to potentially cancer-causing agents or traumatic brain injury, overexposure to otherwise 'safe' chemicals such as ammonia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
In addition, plant explosions can destroy homes and businesses or cause serious environmental damage. While industrial plants and refineries are part of the fabric of Texas, serious and even fatal injuries are not.
Contact Us: Do Not Sign Your Rights Away
If you have suffered a work injury, report it to your employer immediately. But do not talk with an insurance company representative or sign any insurance company document until you have consulted with an experienced work-related injury lawyer.
For a free initial consultation, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or complete our online contact form.