A fire erupted at an oil storage facility mere yards away from an outlet to the Houston Ship Channel overnight last week. While details have yet to be released regarding any injuries, this incident highlights the additional dangers faced by both refinery workers and sea merchants in an oil-driven port such as the Houston Ship Channel. Due to the heavy presence of oil and gas companies in Houston, this incident is unlikely to be the last fire or other dangerous event along the channel.
The dangers involved in oil fires are heightened by the fact that they cannot be put out using standard water hoses, as water will only spread the oil and resulting fire. Further, should any oil spill into the nearby water, the channel may have to be shut down while treatment crews handle the disaster. As one of the most active ports in the world, such a disruption would likely cause significant financial loss. Individuals in the vicinity of the fire are at a heightened risk of severe injury from both the fire and smoke inhalation.
It takes the skill of a competent attorney to properly evaluate a potential claim and insist that their client receive full compensation. If you were seriously injured or a loved one was killed in an oil fire or other incident at the Port of Houston or along the Houston Ship Channel, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling such cases. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.