Houston Construction-Refinery Accident Lawyers Making a Difference for Injured Workers
Texas has more oil refineries than any other state in the nation. Unfortunately, this means that Texas refinery accidents have injured or killed thousands of refinery workers. Workers deserve to have their safety prioritized at all times while at the workplace.
Subcontractors and other employers can often overlook their responsibilities to uphold safety standards and procedures and this can lead to serious chemical plant, construction site, and oil refinery accidents.
Though the nature of your job may be inherently risky, as an employee or contractor you have the right to work in an environment that is safe and well maintained. This is the responsibility of the refinery – a responsibility they have not taken seriously, putting your life at risk. Only a lawyer experienced in refinery accident litigation can determine the true value of your case.
If you have been injured in an oil refinery accident call attorneys Schechter, Shaffer & Harris today to get the help you need. We have represented many refinery workers and their families in recovering damages for a wide range of wrongful death, serious injuries, and other claims that arise from dangerous conditions at oil refineries.
Whether improper equipment or improper equipment maintenance was the cause of your accident or your employer showed negligence in some other way, our team of refiner accident lawyers can work diligently to ensure you get the justice you deserve for your injuries. We can work with you to successfully file a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim so you can get the benefits and compensation you need to recover from your catastrophic injuries.
How Do Construction and Oil Refinery Accidents Happen?
OSHA reports that the number of fatal refinery incidents is more than the combined total of the next three highest industries. According to OSHA, from 1992-2007, 36 fatal refinery accidents were caused by a gaseous release. From these refinery accidents, 52 employee deaths 250 injuries stemmed from the incidents. It would stand to reason then, that every year an average of three people die and 16 are injured in the construction and maintenance of oil refineries. However, these numbers are deceivingly low.
In an attempt to make their plants seem safe, oil refineries hire as many contractors as possible. When reporting injuries and deaths, they do not have to “claim” contractors as they are not employees of the petroleum companies.
Common causes of construction accidents and oil refinery accidents include:
- Equipment failure
- Exposure to Chemicals
When you are injured due to the negligence of another party, whether at an oil refinery or on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. These laws were established to ensure that employees and contractors alike are able to work in a safe environment without fear of injury or death.
The responsibility falls upon the shoulders of refineries and other employers who should maintain safety regulations strictly so their workers can feel secure about performing their jobs safely. If you have been injured or someone you love has died as the result of an accident at a refinery, call our injury attorneys today for help filing your claim. Our firm will investigate every detail surrounding your case until we find out what occurred and who is responsible for your accident.
Refinery workers labeled as contractors often get the most dangerous jobs. If you are contracted to work at an oil refinery, you may be at serious risk. If you are injured or killed, you may be brushed off by the refinery, leaving your family without the resources you need to get back on their feet. Refineries are concerned about safety ratings and liability, not about the well-being of their labor force.
This is unacceptable. We will take action on your behalf to ensure you get proper justice for your injuries.
What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Workplace Accident at a Refinery or Construction Site?
If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed, you deserve to be heard. Oil companies will work very hard to quiet your voice; they may offer a sum that seems fair and reasonable. They may even try and sweep your case under the rug. You do not deserve to be undervalued or ignored.
At our law firm, we have many years of combined experience. Our team of attorneys completely understands the laws and regulations that govern the operation of oil refineries. We have extensive knowledge of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and OSHA regulations. This knowledge is crucial when dealing with big oil companies. Put your trust in a firm experienced enough to win the biggest cases. Whether you need assistance filing an injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim, we can fight for your rights from beginning to end.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Injuries?
Victims that have sustained injuries due to inadequate or defective equipment, an explosion caused by negligent actions from another party, or toxic fumes inhaled due to violations of safety regulations have a right to recover compensation for damages sustained in their accident. We can help you recover financial compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Loss of income: Lost wages can be critical, especially if you are unable to return to work for an extended period of time. If the injury is so severe that it requires constant supervision or home care, we can help you recover compensation that can make up for future lost wages as well.
- Medical expenses: The cost of medical treatment cannot be understated. Medical expenses include the cost of ambulance services, emergency room visits, physical therapy sessions, and a variety of other expenses that can quickly add up.
- Pain and suffering: No amount of money will ever take away the emotional pain away that you have been forced to endure as a result of your workplace accident. We understand this and will work hard to help you recover from your injuries so you can focus on what is important – healing.
- Wrongful death: If your loved one has passed as a result of his or her injuries sustained at an oil refinery or construction site, our attorneys are here for you. You may be entitled to damages including funeral costs, burial services, loss of income from the deceased person’s earnings if they were supporting others financially.
You will not be allowed to recover any compensation if you wait too long before filing your claim. We urge anyone who has been injured in a workplace accident at a refinery or construction site to contact us as soon as they can. Disputes about the timing surrounding an injury or death can lead to evidence being destroyed, witnesses becoming less accessible with time, and other factors that work against those who have been hurt on the job.
Seize the opportunity to bring those responsible for your injuries into court as soon as possible. Our attorneys know how long these cases often take without the right legal help. Let us fight for your rights every step of the way.
Can a Construction-Refinery Accident Lawyer Help Me Win My Case?
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed during a refinery or petrochemical accident, you need a law firm that knows how to win cases against oil industry giants. Oil companies have vast resources and scores of lawyers on their side. You deserve to have personal injury lawyers just as experienced and aggressive as theirs. We can hold insurance companies and employers accountable for their negligent actions.
Our law firm is dedicated to your cause and understands the complicated nature of the oil industry. Only a law firm with serious experience can help you fight and win your case. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm for help. We have the serious experience to win your serious accident case.