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Storage tank blow ups can wreak havoc on the lives of those affected. These life-shattering events often result in severe injuries, extensive property destruction, and the tragic loss of life. When these heartbreaking incidents happen, victims and their families find themselves overcome with emotional and physical distress.
The force of storage container explosions can cause various injuries, such as third-degree burns, lacerations, permanent disfigurement, and even wrongful deaths. These types of explosions can leave families homeless, or strip business owners of their livelihood. These events can also stir up intense emotions of grief, anxiety, frustration, and anger.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a tank container explosion, take action now to seek justice and compensation for your losses. At Burg Simpson, our skilled personal injury lawyers are here to help you navigate this new chapter in your life. Together, we can hold those accountable for the explosion. Call us today at 888-895-2080.
An oil tank is a container that stores huge amounts of crude oil or refined petroleum products. Oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and distribution centers typically store and manage inventory using these tanks.
Oil storage tanks do unfortunately explode under certain circumstances. Although oil tanks are designed to handle intense pressures and temperatures, explosions can still sometimes occur for various reasons. The main culprits include leaks, equipment failure, or human mistakes. When combustible vapors or liquids get ignited, devastating explosions can ensue.
Contrary to popular belief, oil tank combustions don't happen often. When accidents do happen, grave results usually follow. According to a report by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, between 1983 and 2010, 26 oil and gas facilities reported 44 deaths and 247 injuries affecting the public.
Oil tank fires can occur due to various reasons, including:
Oil tank blasts can result from a combination of factors, such as:
Oil and gas production sites often rely on interconnected storage tanks, called tank batteries, to store and process the extracted resources. These tank batteries play a critical role in managing the flow of crude oil, natural gas, and other liquids between different stages of production.
Ensuring the safety and proper maintenance of these facilities, called tank batteries, is crucial to prevent accidents, protect the environment, and ensure the efficient operation of the oil and gas industry.
Improper maintenance, operation, or handling of volatile materials in a tank battery can cause fires or explosions. To minimize explosion risks, proper maintenance, inspection, monitoring, and adherence to industry regulations and safety standards are crucial for worker and community safety.
Oil tank eruptions can lead to catastrophic injuries, including:
Thermal Burns: Burns are the most common injury associated with oil tank blowups, as the intense heat and flames can cause severe tissue damage.
Blast Injuries: Similar to propane gas explosions, oil storage vessel explosions can cause injuries resulting from the blast force, such as fractures, lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries.
Chemical Exposure: Exposure to hazardous chemicals released during oil storage container explosions can lead to skin irritation, burns, or long-term health issues, such as respiratory or neurological disorders.
Immediately after a propane or other tank explosion, follow these steps:
To reduce the risk of a propane explosion, follow these safety tips:
The American Petroleum Institute establishes safety standards for the oil and natural gas industry. A few preventive measures to take when using fuel storage containers include:
The sad reality is that an insurance company doesn't have your best interest at heart. The insurer's top priority is lowering claim payouts while increasing profits.
So, it's best to consult with an oil or propane tank explosion attorney who negotiates with the insurance provider on your behalf to ensure you recover the maximum compensation. Do not sign anything or speak to anyone on the defense side of the matter until you have secured legal representation. Let them speak on your behalf to negotiate the best possible outcome for your case.
Negligence can play a significant role in causing oil or propane explosions. A few examples of negligence include:
Several parties can be accountable in a tank eruption injury suit, including:
A tank blast investigation is time-sensitive for several reasons:
Once you sign a settlement release, you forfeit your right to pursue legal action against the negligent party. You may not receive the full compensation to cover your injuries' short and long term costs. It's best to have a personal injury review the terms of the agreement and negotiate the best possible payout. Do not sign anything.
You can only expect to win a lawsuit if you have suffered injuries, property damage, or the loss of a loved one due to an oil or propane tank blowup. A knowledgeable attorney can help you recover damages from the at-fault parties. If there are no damages sustained from the accident, there is nothing to recover and thus no point in filing a lawsuit.
To succeed in a lawsuit, you must prove duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
The value of each case varies depending on the severity of injuries, property damage, whether you’ve lost wages or your overall earning capacity, and many other factors. An attorney can help evaluate your case and estimate potential compensation.
An attorney can ensure an investigation starts immediately, provide guidance on your legal rights, prepare a strong case before the statute of limitation expires, and secure the best settlement from the insurance company.
You should consult an attorney right after the incident so they can gather evidence, identify the negligent party, and build a winnable case for recovering financial compensation for your injuries. The sooner you seek legal representation, the better, because evidence can fade with time.
A skilled attorney can guide you through the complicated legal system, communicate with insurance companies, and secure the highest possible compensation for your losses. They have all of the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complex world of personal injury and storage tank explosion claims. If the defendant’s insurance company knows you are not represented by a suitable lawyer, they will intentionally refuse to offer you anything but an insultingly low settlement.
Choose a law firm with experience handling fuel storage explosion cases, a success record for winning those cases, ample resources to manage your case effectively, positive reviews and testimonials, regular case updates, and a "no win, no fee" payment structure.
If you or a loved one has experienced severe injuries in a storage tank combustion, you may struggle to cope with the incident's physical, emotional, and financial consequences.
It's not fair that you or your loved one should suffer due to the negligence of another party. You deserve justice and compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses.
Call Burg Simpson Law Firm today at 888-895-2080 to discuss your storage tank claim with one of our experienced attorneys.
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