Houston Chemical Plant Explosion Lawyers
At Fleming, Nolen & Jez, we pride ourselves in making sure our clients are our top priority, especially those who were affected by devastating chemical plant fire accidents. We approach each case with empathy and understanding, recognizing the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll that such accidents can inflict. We aim to seek justice for those harmed and fight to hold negligent parties accountable. Through diligent investigation, 180 years of combined legal knowledge, and a compassionate approach, we work tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve to help them rebuild their lives.
There are over 600 chemical plants in the Houston metropolitan area, with most located within the Houston Ship Channel. These plants produce a wide variety of chemicals, including plastics, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals. For Houston, these chemical plants are a major economic driver for the city and they employ over 39,000 people in the area. Unfortunately, activities from these plants have caused our city to rank one of the lowest in air quality due to air pollution. These chemical plants emit a variety of pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). These pollutants can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory problems, cancer, and heart disease. In addition, continued production keeps the greater Houston area at risk of chemical plant fire accidents and explosions every year.
Largest Chemical Companies in Houston
Chemical Plant Explosions and Fire Accidents are not Uncommon
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston region experiences a chemical fire every six week on average. This is dwarfed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) estimate of 150 “catastrophic” accidents occurring each year in regulated industrial facilities. Here are some notable chemical fires that have taken place in the greater Houston area recently:
Helping Victims of Chemical Plant Explosions
Seeking justice and advocating for those affected by unfortunate chemical plant fires is important to us. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a chemical plant explosion, we understand the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll it can take. Our dedicated legal team is here to support you in your pursuit of compensation in order to hold the responsible parties accountable.
For example, in 2019, a jury awarded $100 million to a Texas worker who was injured in an explosion at a chemical plant. The worker suffered severe burns and other injuries, and was unable to return to work afterwards.
In another case, a woman was awarded $25 million after she was exposed to toxic chemicals near a local chemical plant. The woman developed cancer as a result of the exposure, and she was unable to work.
Just recently, a worker who was injured during a multi-day fire at a Shell plant in Deer Park is actively suing the chemical company for more than $1 million.
Here are some of the damages that you may be able to recover in a chemical plant injury lawsuit:
- Medical expenses: This includes the cost of past and future medical care, such as doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications.
- Lost wages: This includes the income you have lost as a result of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering: This includes the emotional and physical pain you have experienced as a result of your injuries.
- Property damage: This includes the cost of repairing or replacing property that was damaged in the accident.
- Wrongful death: If your loved one was killed in a chemical plant accident, you and your family may be able to recover damages for funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Do You Have a Potential Case or Question?
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a chemical plant explosion or fire in Houston, Texas, or another state within the United States, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses and suffering. While nothing can make up for a serious medical injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, the compensation you may receive can help you deal with the tragedy and give some support to move forward with your life. Our attorneys at Fleming, Nolen and Jez will be there for you each step of the process. Contact us today to speak with a member of our team to review your case information.