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Texas Refinery Explosions
The Texas Gulf Coast has one of the highest concentrations of chemical plants and oil refineries in the United States. Our region having more industry facilities inevitably leads to suffering more local explosions. Oil and gas facilities and refineries create surroundings in which serious personal injury, property damage or wrongful death can occur quickly after a catastrophic accident or explosion. The Texas Refinery Explosion Lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. have an impressive record of handling refinery explosion lawsuits during our more than 45 years as your Texas Accident Attorneys. Our experience includes helping injured workers and their families in the explosion accidents that occurred at the BP Amoco plant in Texas City in 2005, recovering millions of dollars for our clients. The BP Texas City Refinery is the third-largest oil refinery in the United States and its 2005 massive explosion was due in large part to BP's failure to implement recommended safety procedures.
Following a refinery explosion, it may be difficult to determine the cause of the incident and who is at fault or liable. The most common causes of catastrophic explosions at oil refineries, gas extraction facilities, gas processing plants and chemical plants include improper maintenance, unsafe design, improper repair, defective products, unsuitable safety systems, violations of industry codes, improper training and operator error. Also, many of the oil, gas, and chemical plants in the Gulf Coast region are old and companies are disinclined to invest any money to upgrade equipment and improve safety.
Refineries and the like commonly use sub-contractors to maintain and service their facilities. The owners of the facility and their service providers are all potential defendants in a catastrophic accident or explosion case.
Explosions can involve ammonia, acid spills, steam, liquid hydrocarbons, and oil or gasoline. We have handled hundreds of explosion lawsuits and other injury cases against almost every major oil and chemical company in the world. We are intimately familiar with the adjusters, insurers and large law firms they hire to represent them. If you are injured, or a family member has been killed in a gas or chemical explosion, contact Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., your aggressive personal injury attorneys for work related accidents.