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Chemical Plant Explosion Lawyer

Chemical plants have many hazards, and an explosion at a chemical factory can cause catastrophic injuries. While there are a multitude of factors that can contribute to chemical plant explosions, in many cases, these incidents are caused by human error. Plant owner or operator negligence could lead to an explosion, as can inadequate training and safety standards.

If you need a chemical factory explosion attorney, contact the Doan Law Firm today. Our skilled and experienced team will get to work investigating your case in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to.

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Why you should hire an attorney after an explosion accident

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Common injuries in chemical plant explosion lawsuits

What damages are available in a chemical plant explosion accident claim

Who is liable in a chemical plant explosion?

The Doan Law Firm Is Your Choice for Chemical Plant Explosions

In the aftermath of a chemical factory explosion, injury victims must seek assistance from an attorney with vast experience handling these types of cases. You can count on the Doan Law Firm for help.

  • We are one of the largest personal injury firms in the United States and have offices in more than 40 cities throughout the country.
  • Our team specializes in mass casualty cases such as chemical factory explosions. Founder Jimmy Doan specializes in these incidents and is considered an expert in the industry.
  • Due to our large national presence, we have the resources to provide incredible service and excellent communication to every client we take.
  • The Doan Law Firm handles all chemical factory explosion cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no legal fees until we secure the compensation they need through a verdict or settlement.

How Will a Chemical Plant Explosion Attorney Help Your Case?

Chemical factory explosion victims often do not have the resources or time necessary to thoroughly investigate the incident and prove liability. Your attorney will be the one to handle all aspects of your case. This will include:

  • Obtaining safety records of any party involved, including employers or third-party companies.
  • Working with state and federal safety regulators to determine the cause of the incident.
  • Working with trusted medical and economic experts to calculate your total losses due to the explosion injuries.
  • Negotiating with aggressive insurance carriers and other parties involved to secure a settlement to cover all of your damages.

How Do Chemical Plant Explosions Occur?

There are many ways that chemical factory explosions can occur. However, human error is responsible for the vast majority of these explosions. Some of the main causes of chemical factory explosions can include:

In many cases, chemical factory explosions are the confluence of multiple errors. For example, if employees have inadequate training and the equipment they are using has been poorly maintained, catastrophic disasters can occur.

Unfortunately, chemical plant owners and operators often put the drive for profits above safety. This jeopardizes the safety of the men and women who work at these facilities.

It could also be the case that the equipment or parts used at a chemical factory came from a company or manufacturer already defective. This could be due to a design flaw, a manufacturing error, or a problem with the product’s label that leads to improper use. In these cases, the company or manufacturer of the product could be held liable if an explosion occurs.

What Kind of Injuries are Caused by Chemical Factory Explosions?

There are various types of injuries that can occur due to a chemical factory explosion. Chemical factory explosions will cause a blast wave that could severely injure anyone in the blast radius. An explosion blast wave can cause severe damage to gas-filled areas of a person’s body, such as the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and middle ear. Some of the most common injuries caused by a blast include:

Those near an explosion could also be harmed due to blunt force trauma caused by slamming into objects as well as by debris flying after the explosion. These injuries can include broken bones, severe lacerations, head injuries, brain injuries, amputations, and more. In many cases, an explosion can exacerbate existing medical conditions such as respiratory illnesses, heart problems, blood pressure issues, and more.

Of course, a major concern and a chemical explosion will be burn injuries that can lead to disfigurement, the risk of infection, and lifelong pain. Depending on the type of chemical used at the factory, exposure can lead to severe respiratory damage, organ damage, or other long-term injuries.

Additionally, survivors of an explosion incident often sustain severe emotional trauma. This can include post-traumatic stress disorder, which can make it hard for a survivor to live a healthy and secure life. Victims often re-live the incident in their minds and have trouble returning to a career in the same setting where the explosion took place.

What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Plant Explosion?

Victims of chemical plant explosions often sustain severe injuries. This includes both physical injuries as well as emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the incident. At the Doan Law Firm, our chemical plant explosion lawyers have extensive experience helping clients recover compensation in the aftermath of these incidents. The total amount of compensation awarded for these cases will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. However, our attorneys are regularly able to help clients recover both economic and non-economic damages.

  • Economic damages in the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion are going to be the expenses that can be calculated using receipts, bills, W2, pay stubs, etc. The most common type of economic damages that we help clients recover in these cases include:
    • Emergency medical bills
    • Prescription medication expenses
    • Medical device expenses
    • Lost income if a victim cannot work
    • Loss of future earnings in cases of disability
    • General household out-of-pocket expenses
    • The cost of travel to and from medical facilities
  • Non-economic damages in the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion are going to be a bit harder to calculate than the economic damages mentioned above. Non-economic damages are often referred to as “pain and suffering damages.” These are generally calculated by adding up the total economic damages and multiplying them by a set number (usually 1.5 to 4). Some of the most common non-economic damages include the following:
    • Physical pain and suffering
    • Emotional and psychological pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish damages
    • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
    • Loss of consortium damages (for a spouse)

For an example of how economic and non-economic damages could be calculated, suppose that Maxwell sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a chemical plant explosion. He incurred significant medical bills and sustained tremendous physical and emotional pain and suffering. Attorneys calculated Maxwell’s medical bills to be $100,000. Using a multiplier of three, Maxwell’s attorneys determined that his pain and suffering damages were $300,000. As a result, attorneys will ask for $400,000 in total compensation for Maxwell.

Who is Liable for Chemical Plant Explosions?

Liability could fall on various parties in the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion. These are typically very visible incidents that make it into the media, and the public outcry for justice often obscures liability. At the Doan Law Firm, we want to ensure that victims are properly cared for by holding the right parties accountable for their actions. Some of the parties that could be held liable in the aftermath of a chemical plant explosion include the following:

  • The chemical plant owner
  • The chemical plant operator (this may be separate from the owner)
  • The manufacturer of chemical plant equipment
  • Any third-party maintenance crews of plant equipment
  • Third-party contractors at the explosion site

When working to determine liability for a chemical plant explosion, the attorneys at the Doan Law Firm will examine whether:

  • The company properly stored or handled dangerous chemicals
  • The company created adequate safety procedures
  • Other employees followed safety procedures
  • All third parties followed safety procedures
  • The products or equipment used were working properly
  • The company adequately prepared for handling the aftermath of an explosion incident

Let Us Help Secure the Compensation You Need for Chemical Plant Explosions

If you or a loved one had been injured in a chemical factory explosion that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, contact the Doan Law Firm today. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will get to work investigating the incident in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. Our lawyers are the best when it comes to chemical factory explosion claims. This could include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the chemical factory explosion
  • Any income you lose if you cannot work while recovering
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Punitive damages against the chemical factory owners or operators

In most cases, workers’ compensation insurance will not be enough to properly compensate an explosion accident victim for all of their losses. These injuries can become incredibly costly and often come with various “hidden expenses,” such as long-term in-home cases, travel to and from burn specialists, home and vehicle modifications, and more.

Chemical factory explosions can be a life-altering experience for both you and your loved ones. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation to see how we can help you with the support that you deserve.