Chemical Explosion Attorneys in Houston

An explosion is any act that causes the instantaneous formation of expansive gas or reactive liquid, releasing energy in an uncontrollable manner. In most cases, inadequate plant conditions are responsible for chemical leaks and explosions. Chemical explosions are especially dangerous, tending to result in severe injuries, disabilities, and fatalities. Workers who experience tragic situations such as these may sustain injuries that affect their hearing, seeing, and breathing, as well as inflicting bodily damage and head trauma.

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Chemical plants are inherently dangerous, meaning that explosions and fatal injuries are not uncommon. However, that does not excuse the common causes of these explosions, including poor factory conditions, improper training, and inadequate protective equipment. Because of this, these lawsuits often are 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. Trust our Houston chemical explosion injury lawyers to help you navigate the legal process.

Why Davis Law Group?

Davis Law Group, established in April 2013 by Joshua Davis, a seasoned, double-board-certified personal injury attorney, was founded on the principle of advocating for the people and bringing a caring approach to the legal process. With a deep commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those affected, our firm brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and credibility to cases involving chemical explosions.

At Davis Law Group, we are not afraid to take on large corporations, manufacturers, or other entities responsible for our clients' injuries in chemical explosions. We are skilled negotiators and litigators committed to protecting our clients' best interests. We believe in open and honest communication with our clients throughout the legal process, taking the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the progress of your case.

Common Causes of Chemical Explosions

Human Error and Negligence

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

Improper Safety Requirements

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. When companies disregard these regulations, they face consequences and fines for OSHA violations.

Improper Storage of Hazardous Chemicals

Chemical substances need specific storage based on their molecular properties and how they interact with other materials, 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

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 prevents employees from noticing damages, defects, or disintegration. The corrosive nature of many chemicals only exacerbates these effects.

Inadequate Worker Training

Chemical plants may employ hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Despite several federal organizations outlining strict procedures for onboarding, many companies use unlawful training methods -- if they implement any at all. This can include teaching someone incorrectly, teaching someone unsafe shortcuts, or having someone with little experience do the teaching.

Equipment Operation Error

Many chemical plants utilize necessary heavy machinery. While these tools can be helpful, the risk that accompanies them is high due to their function and size. 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.

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What to Do After a Chemical Explosion

  • Seek Medical Attention: If you are injured, seek medical help immediately–your health and safety are the top priority.
  • Evacuate the Area: If the explosion occurred in a populated area or building, evacuate to a safe location as quickly and calmly as possible.
  • Call Emergency Services: Contact local emergency services to report the explosion and provide details about the location, injuries, and any hazards present.
  • Avoid the Area: Keep a safe distance from the explosion site to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals or further danger.
  • Follow Instructions: Follow any instructions given by emergency responders, such as sheltering in place or evacuating to a designated area.
  • Document the Scene: If it is safe to do so, take photos or videos of the explosion site and any injuries or damage caused by the explosion–this documentation may be useful for insurance claims or legal purposes.
  • Call Davis Law Group: If you or a loved one has been injured in a chemical explosion, it's important to seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in handling explosion-related cases. Our Houston chemical explosion lawyers will help you understand your rights and options for seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.
  • Notify Your Employer: If the explosion occurred at work, notify your employer as soon as possible. It is their responsibility to provide a safe work environment and may need to investigate the incident.
  • Stay Informed: Keep informed about the situation through official channels, such as local news or emergency services, to stay updated on any developments or safety precautions.
  • Seek Emotional Support: Witnessing or experiencing a chemical explosion can be traumatic. Don't hesitate to seek support from family, friends, or a mental health professional to cope with the emotional aftermath.

Your Case Matters, and We Are Here to Help

At Davis Law Group, we understand the devastating impact of unexpected accidents, especially chemical explosions. Our team is dedicated to assisting you or your loved ones in seeking accountability and fair compensation for injuries or wrongful deaths resulting from such incidents. We are ready to leverage our decades of experience, expertise, and resources to represent you during these challenging times. Contact our Houston chemical explosion attorneys today for guidance on navigating the legal aftermath of a chemical explosion.

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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.

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.

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.

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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