Oil Refinery Accident Attorneys in Austin
Texas is home to more oil refineries than any other state in the nation. Though thousands of Texans rely on oil and gas to make a comfortable living and provide for their families, oil refinery accidents are all too common in our state.
While oil refineries are inherently dangerous worksites, employees and contractors are entitled to safe working environments. If you’ve been injured in an oil refinery accident, you and your family deserve compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys help clients in the Austin, Texas, area determine who is at fault while standing up to the big oil and insurance companies. Contact Shaw Cowart LLP at 512-499-8900 or use the form on this page for a free case evaluation.
Personal Injuries at Texas Oil Refineries
The hazardous nature of oil refineries can lead to accident, injury and even death. Under OSHA laws, your employer is legally obligated to provide you with safe working conditions so you can perform your job free of danger. However, this is not often the case for oil and gas employees.
BP, Valero, Exxon Mobil and other oil and gas companies in our state have experienced one — if not more — explosions and spills that have put Texans’ lives at risk. The infamous BP oil refinery explosion in Texas City killed 15 workers and injured more than 180 alone.
Common personal injuries resulting from oil refinery accidents include:
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures, breaks and dislocations
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Spinal cord damage
While these injuries may be covered under worker’s compensation, you may also have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit if a third party’s negligent actions contributed to your injury. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, a diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering.
If your loved one was killed in an oil refinery accident, you and your family can also sue for wrongful death and funeral expenses. One of our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you determine which path is best.
Who Is Liable?
Liable parties in oil refinery accidents can include employers, property owners, co-workers and equipment manufacturers. Negligence is most often the cause of oil refinery accidents, but a variety of factors may be at play, including:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate training
- Falling objects
- Gas leaks
- Oil spills
- Malfunctioning tools and equipment
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Failure to follow safety procedures
OSHA laws give you the right to report hazards and safety concerns to your employer, as well as any accidents or injuries that occur on the job. Unfortunately, oil companies often put profit before people.
Oil companies may look the other way so they can meet their production quotas. Following BP’s Texas City explosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board determined that management failures and a poor organizational culture were partly to blame for the accident. When a profit-driven culture is ingrained across a company, any number of people could be to blame for your suffering.
Austin Personal Injury Lawyers
Oil and insurance companies want to act fast and reach a settlement as quickly as possible, but you should not be brushed aside. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an oil refinery accident, Shaw Cowart LLP will help protect your rights and ensure a thorough assessment of your damages is performed before an agreement is reached.
Contact our personal injury attorneys at 512-499-8900 or use the form on this page to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in the Austin, Texas area.