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In the demanding oil industry, worker safety is paramount. Oil refinery explosions remain a significant concern despite rigorous safety measures, and these explosions often result in catastrophic injuries that have a lasting impact on workers and their families. At Burg Simpson, we understand the challenges faced by those in the oil industry and are committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of injured workers.
Oil refinery explosions can be life-altering, leading to severe burns, respiratory issues, and long-term disability. Our legal team at Burg Simpson is here to provide the support and representation you deserve. With extensive experience handling oil industry-related cases, we are well-equipped to tackle the complexities of oil refinery explosion cases and help you secure the best possible settlement.
We recognize that recovering from an oil refinery explosion injury can be an uphill physical and emotional battle. That's why we're here to provide guidance and stand by your side throughout the legal process. At Burg Simpson, we prioritize protecting injured workers in the oil industry and ensuring they receive the justice they deserve.
Don't face the aftermath of an oil refinery explosion alone. Contact Burg Simpson for trusted legal representation, and let our refinery explosion claims lawyers help you secure a brighter future. Call us at 888-895-2080.
According to EarthJustice, there are 147 oil refineries in the United States. These oil refining and processing plants produce heating, jet, diesel, and gasoline products. They also create petroleum-based products that include asphalt and lubricants.
However, even though these facilities are pivotal in meeting the world's energy demands, they pose hazards to workers and public safety, causing catastrophes such as explosions, fires, and pollution. Approximately seven million Americans live near these refineries, and they are all potentially at risk.
Refineries pose serious safety risks mainly due to the highly flammable materials, dangerous chemicals, and high-pressure equipment. The combination of these elements can lead to catastrophic events such as explosions, fires, and toxic chemical releases, creating substantial damage, injuries, and sometimes causing fatalities.
Organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have established safety guidelines for the oil and natural gas industry. Most plant, refinery, and pipeline explosions are preventable by taking safety measures such as:
However, negligence, cutting corners, and lack of government oversight all contribute to creating an environment where there is a real risk of potentially deadly refinery explosions.
Following an explosion accident, take these steps:
Negligence is a frequent cause of refinery explosions. There are many different ways that negligence can play into these accidents. Negligence causing oil refinery explosions can include:
If you decide to pursue legal action, it helps to have as much documentation as possible supporting your claim. Medical records, hospital bills, witness statements, and other relevant evidence can prove valuable to your lawsuit. If you need help gathering evidence, hire a lawyer to handle all the legal legwork while you recover.
Oil refinery explosions are among the most horrific accidents that happen in our society. The people harmed in these incidents suffer a wide range of injuries causing a drastic upheaval in their lives. The most common injuries include:
In some accidents, the victims lose their lives. The number of fatalities fluctuates from year to year. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were 69 fatalities in 2017.
Liability refers to the legal responsibility for an accident and the injuries or damages resulting from the accident. Establishing liability in a refinery explosion case involves proving the responsible party was in some way negligent. The process requires an in-depth investigation of the circumstances leading up to the refinery explosion to determine negligence.
Parties potentially accountable for explosion injuries include:
Third parties involved in the refinery's maintenance or operation could also be liable. An attorney can determine whether any parties were negligent or failed to take the proper safety precautions.
Insurance companies are not on your side; their main focus is to generate huge profits, even if that means offering you the lowest possible settlement. If you speak to an insurer or sign the paperwork, you may unknowingly accept a lowball offer or waive your right to pursue a lawsuit. In your best interest, seek advice from a personal injury lawyer who can review the document and help you receive full compensation.
Short answer: no. Don’t speak to anyone from an insurance company or sign any documents before retaining your own legal counsel.
A settlement release is a legal document that typically states the injured party agrees to release the at-fault party from any further liability or claims related to the accident in exchange for a specified amount of compensation.
Consult with a personal injury lawyer before signing a settlement release or authorization to ensure you don't inadvertently limit the compensation you can recover.
Whether or not workers' comp covers refinery accidents depends on the specific circumstances and the laws in the state where the accident occurred.
In many cases, workers' compensation will cover injuries sustained in refinery accidents if the injured workers were plant workers of the refinery at the time of the accident.
However, if the injured worker was not an employee of the refinery but rather a contractor or subcontractor, the situation may be more complex. The contractor or subcontractor may or may not have workers' compensation insurance. In some instances, they may need to file a claim against the refinery's insurance policy.
Workers' compensation benefits employees injured or ill due to their job. The benefits typically include medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits. Filing for workers' comp insurance involves the following steps:
Each state has its own specific procedure for filing workers comp claims. Generally, a state's workers’ compensation board or commission approves or denies the claims.
If your employer lacks workers' compensation insurance, you may pursue a claim against them in court to seek compensation for your injuries.
A wrongful death claim is a legal action brought by the surviving family members of a person who has died due to someone else's negligence or reckless act. In the case of a refinery blast, the surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the company or other responsible parties if their negligence caused the explosion and resulting death.
It is important to note that only certain family members may file a wrongful death claim, and only when certain circumstances are met. The only way to know for sure what your options are is to contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.
Below are the general steps involved in filing an oil refinery accident lawsuit. If this feels overwhelming to you, which it likely will to anyone who is not a seasoned explosion attorney, we highly recommend you seek legal counsel to help you understand your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.
If the parties cannot agree on a settlement, the case will proceed to trial, where a judge or jury will hear the evidence and decide on the matter.
The statute of limitations for refinery disaster cases varies by state but is generally anywhere from two to six years from the date of the incident. It's best to initiate an investigation soon after the accident because evidence can get lost or destroyed over time. To find out what the statute of limitations is for your specific refinery explosion claim, contact Burg Simpson for a free consultation.
Compensation in a refinery explosion accident lawsuit may be for the following expenses and damages:
Hiring a refinery accident attorney gives you the upper hand when pursuing compensation for your injury and losses. Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company for the best settlement. If you attempt to get compensation without legal representation, the insurance company of the liable party will do everything they can to avoid paying you, and they won’t be motivated to settle for anything reasonable since they know you are not prepared to fight.
If the final settlement amount that the insurance company offers is not agreeable to you, the next option is to file a lawsuit. Your lawyer can present a persuasive argument in a court trial to ensure you can walk away with a victory. Overall, an attorney can handle every aspect of your claim from start to finish, giving you the time to heal.
After being injured in a refinery explosion accident, don't hesitate to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The aftermath of an oil refinery explosion can be chaotic and overwhelming, and it can be challenging to know what to do or who to turn to. However, delaying contact with a lawyer can negatively affect your case and your ability to recover the maximum financial compensation. Evidence will fade rapidly and you need to collect and preserve as much of it as you can while it still exists.
Here are some factors to consider when looking for a law firm that can handle your gas explosion claim:
At Burg Simpson, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial burdens faced by those injured in refinery accidents. Our dedicated and compassionate team of lawyers is here to help you navigate the complex legal process and secure the financial compensation you deserve. With over 40 years of experience handling refinery accident cases, we have the knowledge and resources to advocate for your rights effectively.
When you choose Burg Simpson for your refinery explosion case, you can expect personalized attention and a genuine commitment to your well-being. Our skilled attorneys will carefully investigate your accident's circumstances to identify liable parties and gather crucial evidence to build a strong case.
We recognize the critical importance of clear communication, so we will keep you informed every step of the way. Our team will analyze all aspects of your case, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.
At Burg Simpson, we are passionate about holding negligent parties accountable and ensuring that victims of refinery incidents receive the justice they deserve. Our relentless approach means we won't settle for anything less than the best possible outcome for your case. This approach has helped us recover $2 billion for our clients, including $6.4 million in one gas explosion case.
Oil refinery fire and explosion victims face immense challenges while seeking compensation during recovery. Burg Simpson, a national law firm experienced in oil refinery explosion cases, offers the support you need. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case, evaluate legal options, and receive our free guidance. Let us handle the legal complexities of your case, so you can focus on your recovery.