When businesses fail to meet this standard of safety, the workers and visitors pay the price with severe injuries caused by industrial accidents. If you or someone you love was hurt in an industrial accident, please contact Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC, to get immediate help.
Fighting For Texans Who Were Severely Hurt In Industrial Accidents
Our firm knows that many people injured in industrial accidents may face serious short- and long-term impairments to their quality of life. We aggressively pursue the maximum compensation for injured clients to protect their futures and provide for future medical expenses.
We represent injuries caused by a variety of circumstances, including those involving:
Defective work equipment and power tools, such as forklifts or conveyor belts
Crushed, amputated and mangled limbs or digits
Traumatic injuries to the head, neck, back and brain
Electrocution or shock injuries
Exposure to dangerous chemicals or gas
Falls from heights and falling objects
Lack of safety equipment
Failure to provide signage for hazards
We also help the families of people who lost their lives because of an industrial accident. Our knowledgeable and compassionate wrongful death attorneys are ready to help you get the justice you deserve.
If you work in an industrial setting, a plant explosion can leave your life permanently altered in the blink of an eye. Whether you are the injured party or your loved one has been injured (or worse), the aftermath of an accident of this magnitude can reverberate into your future in ways that are exceptionally difficult to move past. If you have been injured in a plant explosion, your loved one has been injured in a plant explosion, or you’ve lost a loved one in a plant explosion, it’s time to consult with an experienced industrial accident lawyer serving Houston, Dallas, and McAllen.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shares that there are more than 860,000 workers employed in chemical manufacturing plants throughout the United States, and the primary types of chemical manufacturing include the following:
The basic manufacture of chemicals
The manufacture of resins, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments
The manufacture of pesticides, fertilizers, and other agricultural chemicals
The manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medicines
The manufacture of paints, coatings, and adhesives
The manufacture of soaps, cleaning compounds, and toilet preparations
The manufacture of other chemical products and preparation materials
Any one of these types of manufacturing can lead to life-threatening plant explosions when the exacting safety rules, regulations, and restrictions that are put in place to help prevent such tragedies are not adhered to carefully enough.
In a Houston Chronicle Article entitled Chemical Breakdown, the news source outlines the overarching dangers associated with chemical plants across the nation and across the State of Texas.
In addition to the Jones Act, there are a variety of other federal laws that protect you when you are working offshore on a ship or rig.
Chemical Plants Often House Hidden Dangers
The chemicals housed in chemical plants – and their attendant dangers, including the potential to explode – are all too often secreted away, creating a serious threat to both the public at large and to on-site workers. In general, the less transparent and forthcoming the chemical company is, the more dangerous the chemical plant. Unfortunately, these plants experience far too little government oversight, and they are able to keep dangerous secrets that can lead to plant explosions.
Chemical Plants Are Poorly Regulated
The regulatory system in place for chemical plants is not only riddled with complex rules that are difficult to enforce but is also outdated. For the most part, these exceptionally dangerous facilities are left to their own devices regarding the enforcement of safety measures, and this safety standard has proven itself to be woefully inadequate.
Emergency Planning Is Little More than an Idea
According to the Chronicle, those local emergency planning committees that the federal government relies upon to prevent future explosions and other dangerous chemical plant accidents have either completely disbanded or are barely limping along with far too little funding.
These problems are all too real, and the results can be plant explosions.
Your Physical, Financial, and Emotional Losses
A plant explosion can lead to astronomical physical, financial, and emotional losses (or legal damages).
Serious injuries often go hand in hand with serious losses in earnings. While this typically represents a significant financial setback, it can also have a serious emotional component. Many of us associate our careers with our identities, and if your ability to do your job and/or to advance your career is negatively affected, it can have serious psychological consequences.
Pain and Suffering
Living through a plant explosion is a terrifying experience that is guaranteed to have serious emotional effects that can be some of the most difficult to navigate. The following PTSD-like symptoms are not uncommon after violent accidents of this nature:
Terrifying accident flashbacks that can prove debilitating
Increased anxiety and panic disorders
Sleep disturbances that can include insomnia and nightmares
Severe mood swings
Inability to modulate one’s emotions
A tendency to self-isolate and/or to push others away
Self-medication, including the use of drugs and alcohol
Changes in appetite
One of the most painful aspects of these psychic consequences is that they can leave you with a depleted support system just when you could use it the most.
Your Medical Expenses
The medical costs you experience as a result of a plant explosion (if you manage to survive the explosion) are likely to be overwhelming – with no end in sight. Serious injuries often require ongoing care, and secondary health concerns that also require treatment are not uncommon. Consider the following medical expenses:
Emergency treatment at the scene of the explosion
Emergency transportation from the scene
Surgeries and follow-up medical care and attention
Medical attention from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
Medical procedures, tests, and treatments
Home health care
Adaptive physical devices
Adaptations to one’s home, office, and/or vehicle
Assistance with the activities of daily living
Plant explosions are closely associated with exceptionally serious injuries, including:
Burns are some of the most painful injuries you can endure. They are closely associated with serious infections that can be life-threatening and are slow to heal. When a serious burn is on or near the face, it can be permanently disfiguring.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are generally caused by either a blow to the head or by the violent shaking of the head and these injuries can lead to alterations in one’s sense of self, which is just as emotionally devastating as it sounds.
Even a simple break in a bone can be exceptionally painful and slow to heal. If the break is complicated, however, it can lead to serious secondary health implications, including chronic pain and physical debilitation.
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