Dallas Industrial Plant & Refinery Accident Attorney
Nationwide Representation for Victims of Industrial Plant & Refinery Accidents
While all employees face some degree of risk on the job, industrial plant and refinery workers are among the most susceptible to work-related injuries and fatalities. Throughout Texas and the United States, thousands of industrial workers are severely injured and killed every year. While many plants and refineries do everything possible to protect their workers, others fail to enforce proper safety standards.
At Lyons & Simmons, LLP, we believe that no one should face the threat of bodily injury or death at work. Our industrial plant and refinery accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in devastating accidents throughout Texas. Our firm has earned a national reputation for our commitment to our clients, as well as our impressive track record of success. If you or someone you love was involved in an on-the-job accident at an industrial plant or refinery anywhere in Texas, reach out to our team today to learn how a refinery accident lawyer can help.
What Are the Most Common Industrial Plant & Refinery Accidents?
Fires and explosions are among the most common accidents to occur in industrial plants and refineries. The very nature of the work itself increases the risk of heat and gas buildups, chemical reactions, and other hazards that can—and frequently do—have disastrous results.
Some of the most common industrial plant and refinery accidents include:
- Explosions and fires
- Falls, including slip and falls, falls to lower levels, falls from ladders, etc.
- Toxic exposure and chemical burns
- “Crush” injuries and entanglement
- Machinery and equipment-related accidents
- Inhalation of smoke and/or toxic/harmful fumes
- Overexertion and repetitive motion injuries
Although they are often the most catastrophic events to occur, fires and explosions are not the only types of industrial accidents. In fact, there are many types of accidents that can result in serious bodily injury and death, including accidental amputation, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and internal organ trauma.
Causes of Industrial Plant & Refinery Accidents
All too often, serious and deadly industrial plant and refinery accidents occur because of the negligence of another individual or entity.
- OSHA violations
- Improper training and/or supervision
- Negligent hiring
- Dangerous work conditions
- Improper storage of harmful materials
- Inadequate maintenance
- Failure to implement/enforce safety standards
- Unsafe employee acts
- Defective tools, equipment, and machinery
If you believe your injuries or the death of your loved one was caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another—whether a coworker, employer, product manufacturer, or some other entity—reach out to our industrial plant and refinery accident attorneys. We can go over your potential case with you during a free, no-obligation consultation and help you determine if you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
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Industrial plant and refinery accident cases are typically very complex due to the fact that these incidents generally happen while employees are “on the clock,” as well as the nature and severity of the victims’ injuries. If you or someone you love was involved in any type of industrial plant or refinery accident, including a fire or explosion, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced refinery accident lawyers at Lyons & Simmons, LLP.
We have a proven record of success in handling even the most complex of industrial accident claims. Based in Dallas, our personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas and across the United States. We do not charge anything for initial consultations, nor do we collect any fees until we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
Often, when employees are injured on the job or suffer work-related illnesses and medical conditions, they are eligible to file for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that allows covered employees to seek specific benefits after a work-related injury or illness, regardless of who was at fault for the accident or whether an employer was negligent. In exchange, employees generally cannot sue their employers.
However, Texas is one of the few states that does not require employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. As a result, many employees throughout the state are not covered by workers’ compensation. For those injured in industrial plant and refinery accidents, this has both pros and cons.
Unfortunately, if your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you are not automatically eligible for benefits. However, this does mean that you may be able to bring a lawsuit against your employer (or another liable party) and seek compensation for your damages.
Whereas workers’ compensation limits the benefits you can receive to medical, wage replacement, and other specific benefits, a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek both economic and non-economic damages.
This means you could recover compensation for losses such as:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income/wages, including future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Lost earning capacity due to disability
In some cases, you may even be able to seek punitive damages, though these are relatively rare. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate victims for specific losses but, rather, to punish liable parties for egregious negligence or willful/wanton misconduct.