Working at an oil refinery can be incredibly dangerous. Workers are continually exposed to the possibility of a catastrophic accident, which can cause severe or fatal harm at any time. If you have been injured or if you lost a loved one in a refinery accident, please do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian to discuss your rights and legal options.
Our experienced refinery accident lawyers in Houston, Texas, understand the seriousness of these types of workplace accidents. We know how vital the oil and gas industries are to our hometown, and we believe that workers who put their safety on the line to do these jobs should be compensated fairly if they are hurt in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to chemicals or suffered injuries due to a refinery accident, you have the right to expect that your health and financial well-being will be respected and protected. With a knowledgeable Houston refinery accident attorney on your side, you can focus on healing and getting back on your feet, while your attorney handles all the legal legwork involved in pursuing the compensation that you need during this difficult time.
Our dedicated workplace accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian know how to handle these complicated situations. It can be terrifying to go up against a large entity like an oil refinery and their powerful insurance companies, but our attorneys have the experience and skill to face these entities and demand that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Call or contact us online now to set up a free consultation on your claim.
Common Causes of Refinery Accidents
One of the deadliest accidents that can happen at a refinery is an explosion. Refineries are filled with highly flammable chemicals that can explode in the wrong circumstances. These explosions can be detrimental to the environment, workers, and the community at-large.
Refinery accidents or explosions can happen at any time for many reasons. Possible causes of these accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Unsafe or defective machinery
- Delays in machinery maintenance
- Lack of safety procedures
- Lack of proper training
- Violations of safety regulations
- Poor communication
- Slip and falls
- Vehicle accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Chemical spills
- Negligence or operator errors
The refinery accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian are experienced in handling these situations. It can be challenging to fight against a large entity like an oil refinery, but our attorneys are here to help you demand the full compensation you deserve.
Our Attorneys Are on Your Side
We understand how a refinery accident can completely alter your life. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian have experience working with victims of these accidents and helping them recover from their injuries legally, financially, and emotionally.
Our attorneys will help you uncover exactly what happened, who is at fault, and what your next legal steps are. We want to make this process as simple as possible for you.
How Our Lawyers Can Help After a Refinery Accident
While some refinery accidents make headlines for the number of injuries and damage to property that they cause, the majority of oil refinery accidents impact just one worker or a handful of workers. These smaller-scale accidents are no less devastating for the individuals who are harmed, and justice is available no matter how many others were affected. An experienced Houston refinery accident lawyer can help you seek the full and fair compensation that you are owed.
How can our lawyers help? The first thing that we will do is sit down with you to discuss the specifics of your accident: How did it happen? How were you hurt? How has it impacted your health and your ability to return to work? How has it affected your family’s finances? How has your employer responded to your situation?
Once we’ve been able to evaluate your injury claim, our attorneys will launch an immediate investigation into the cause of the accident.
Many factors commonly contribute to refinery accidents, and we’ll examine them all. Some frequently-seen issues include:
- Failure to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or plant safety regulations
- Failure to complete routine housekeeping and daily maintenance
- Failure to conduct safety drills on a regular basis
- Incorrect storage of raw materials
- Workers exposed to raw materials
These (and other) safety issues could have contributed to your accident, and it is crucial to identify them as soon as possible. Because these problems are often unique to refinery accidents, it is vital to have an experienced attorney on your side to identify them and build a strong claim on your behalf.
Your legal team will help you file a worker’s compensation claim with your employer and will be by your side to make sure that you are not taken advantage of during this challenging time. Employers and their insurers often try to evade responsibility or underpay benefits to injured workers, but our team will fight for every bit of compensation that you are owed.
Our team will also make sure to identify any third-party entities that might have been responsible for the accident. If a contractor or other entity that is not a co-worker or your employer was even partly responsible for the oil refinery accident, you could be eligible to pursue an injury claim against them to recover compensation in addition to your worker’s compensation benefits.