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Chemical Explosion Injury Lawyer

An explosion is any act that causes instantaneous formation of expansive gas. In most cases, inadequate plant conditions are responsible for chemical leaks and explosions.

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Chemical Explosion Injury Lawyer: Our Approach

Chemical plants are inherently dangerous, meaning that explosions and fatal injuries are not uncommon. These lawsuits are typically competing liability claims. In addition to directly affecting employees, explosions may impact whole communities. If you’ve suffered a chemical explosion injury at the fault of someone else, you may be able to collect damages.

Common Causes of Chemical Explosions

Human Error and Negligence

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Human error happens everywhere, but has dire consequences in places like chemical plants. Employees of chemical companies may be affected by their age, skillset, experience level, and fatigue. Worse yet is negligence, where these employees may not be following legal guidelines put in place for everyone’s safety.

Improper Safety Requirements

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict outlines for what is acceptable or unacceptable with respect to workplace safety. Violations of these rules include improper personal protective equipment, lack of adequate warning signs, unsatisfactory training, unlawful methods of production, and more.

Improper Storage of Hazardous Chemicals

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Chemicals need specific storage based on their properties, sometimes including extra precautions like protection from light, air, or water. Improper storage may result in unintended chemical interactions. Chemicals are dangerous, but storing them incorrectly is viewed as an unreasonable level of danger, and a liability.

Poor Machine Maintenance

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Every machine has a standard at which it must be functioning in order to be considered reasonably safe. A lack of routine inspections or upkeep prevent employees from noticing damages, defects, or disintegration. The corrosive nature of many chemicals only exacerbates these effects.

Inadequate Worker Training

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Chemical plants may employ hundreds of people. Despite several federal organizations outlining strict procedures for on-boarding, many companies use unlawful training methods. This can include teaching someone incorrectly, teaching someone unsafe shortcuts, or having someone with little experience do the teaching.

Equipment Operation Error

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Many chemical plants utilize heavy machinery. While these tools can be helpful, the risk that accompanies them is high. Manufacturers may be at fault for defective equipment. In the plant, injuries may result from incorrect operator responses to signaling or lack of daily maintenance.

Chemical Explosion Injury Lawyer FAQs

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What should I do if I experience a chemical explosion?

Chemical explosions are always serious. It’s vital to get treated immediately by a healthcare provider. Once safe, document the accident and inform your superiors. An incident report is necessary for taking legal action. Bring all relevant paperwork with you to your initial consultation with an attorney.

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What can I receive compensation for?

After a chemical plant explosion, you may be eligible for emotional damages, physical damages, and lost wages. You may collect these on behalf of a deceased family member if the explosion is fatal. Collecting damages brings your family some justice, and holds the chemical plant liable for any regulations they failed to comply with.

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Why do I need a lawyer?

Chemical plants can be the subject of a lot of scrutiny, and for good reason. Companies that own plants are responsible for injuries occurring on their property, but will defend themselves aggressively. It’s important for you to hire a lawyer who has a firm understanding of plant safety, maintenance requirements, and operational procedures.

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How long will it take to resolve my case?

Because of their severity, most chemical plant explosions are class action lawsuits. Their far-reaching effects may involve the neighboring community and residential areas. There are typically primary and secondary injuries, debris, air pollution, and environmental contamination. Often, these cases are lengthy.

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