Thousands of Americans go to work at oil refineries each day. While these jobs may come with decent pay and good benefits, they are also incredibly dangerous. Oil refinery explosions often lead to catastrophic injuries or death for victims. Unfortunately, most oil refinery explosions could have been prevented and were caused by careless or negligent actions of refinery owners or operators.
If you or a loved one have been injured and need an oil refinery explosion attorney, contact the Doan Law Firm as soon as possible. Our dedicated and experienced team will investigate what happened and more to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
After an incident as serious as an oil refinery explosion, injury victims need to seek assistance from an attorney with vast experience handling this type of case. You can count on the Doan Law Firm to be by your side.
Most oil refinery explosion injury victims do not have the resources or experience necessary to properly determine liability in these cases. Your attorney will be responsible for every aspect of your case, including:
There are innumerable ways that oil refinery explosions can occur. Unfortunately, due to the nature of oil refineries, when accidents happen, they usually are not small. Some of the most common factors that contribute to oil refinery explosions include the following:
There are various types of injuries that can occur due to an oil refinery explosion. Some of these injuries can be caused by the explosion directly, while other injuries are caused by the secondary effects of the explosion.
An explosion usually causes a blast wave that can be detrimental to anybody in the vicinity. The explosion blast wave can affect any gas-filled part of a person’s body, namely the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and ears. Some of the most common injuries caused by an explosion blast include:
However, many injuries in the aftermath of an oil refinery explosion revolve around burns due to high heat or chemicals. Many of the chemicals used at an oil refinery are highly combustible, and the extreme temperatures used in the refining process can lead to significant burn injuries.
Other injuries caused by a refinery explosion include:
We must also be concerned about internal illnesses caused by smoke inhalation and the inhalation/ingestion of toxic chemicals that can be released as a result of the refinery explosion.
Finally, many explosion injury victims report severe emotional and psychological injuries in the aftermath of an incident. This can include anxiety, depression, fear, and more. Many victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can leave them reliving the trauma over and over again.
There are various parties that could be held liable for oil refinery explosions. This can include the refinery owners and operators, negligent third-party companies, or the manufacturers of parts and equipment used at the refinery.
Oil refinery owners and operators have a duty to ensure that their employees have a safe working environment. This includes their responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain all equipment in order to ensure it is functioning properly. Owners and operators also have a duty to ensure that all workers are properly trained and understand the extensive safety protocols necessary for the safe operation of an oil refinery. Unfortunately, it is often the case that oil refinery owners or operators put profits above safety and are willing to take risks with their employees’ lives.
In many cases, oil refinery explosions are caused by faulty equipment. If a piece of equipment or a part is defective and causes an explosion at an oil refinery, a company or manufacturer may be held liable. In some cases, parts or equipment may have a design flaw or be damaged during manufacturing. A part or piece of machinery may not be properly labeled, leading to improper use by employees.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an oil refinery explosion, reach out to the Oil Refinery Injury Lawyers at the Doan Law Firm today. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened in order to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include: