Texas Refinery Accident Attorneys

Advocates for Injured Oil Refinery Workers

The oil and gas industry is full of dangerous occupations. In 2015, the industry had the third highest fatal workplace injury rate in the country.

Due to the number of dangers and the scope of the work, injuries from oil refinery accidents can be quite severe — and oftentimes deadly.

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Common Types of Refinery Injuries

Oil refinery workers suffer from a litany of injuries each year, some more severe than others. Here are a few examples of what types of injuries a worker could sustain during an oil refinery accident:

  • Burns from fire, explosions, or chemicals
  • Dismemberment
  • Illness from toxic chemical exposure
  • Brain injuries
  • Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of sight or hearing
  • Internal organ injuries

This is by no means an exhaustive list of injuries that refinery workers suffer from each year. If you were injured in any capacity while working at an oil refinery, you may be entitled to compensation. If the unthinkable happens and a loved one is killed on the job, contact our experienced team of oil refinery accident attorneys. We have a proven track record of helping our clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve for the pain and suffering they have incurred.

Employing the Best Expert Witnesses For Your Refinery Accident Case

It can be crucial to the success of your refinery accident case to find the best expert witnesses possible. An expert witness — or judicial expert — provides specialized knowledge and brings expertise that average people may not have. Their reports and testimony can play an extremely important role in developing your personal injury case to its fullest.

We have spent decades finding the best expert witnesses in the United States. At Thomas J. Henry, each expert witness we employ has went through a rigorous examination and questioning process, ensuring they are the right witness for the case. We are continuously looking for new and inventive ways to use expert witnesses in oil refinery injury lawsuits.

Experts used in your refinery accident case could include:

  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Welding experts
  • Engineering experts
  • Hazardous chemical experts
  • Safety equipment experts
  • Occupational and environmental health experts
  • Process safety management experts
  • OSHA consultants
  • Confined space permit experts

Refinery accident cases can be complex, so employing the services of one of the experts listed above can be vital in providing pertinent information. Thomas J. Henry employs a multitude of experts, ensuring our clients that their case is taken seriously and put in the best position to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for their refinery injury.

Contact an Experienced Refinery Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been hurt while working at an oil refinery, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced oil refinery accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Thomas J. Henry has a record of achieving record-breaking, real results for clients injured in workplace accidents.

Call us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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Your Oil Refinery Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an oil refinery accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, there are a few things you can do to help secure workplace compensation as well as strengthen any claim to additional recoveries you may have.

Seek medical attention. First and foremost, you should seek treatment for your injuries. Understanding the extent of your injuries is not only important to make a full recovery, but will also help you gauge how much that recovery is going to cost you. If you do not feel completely comfortable with the company doctor, go to your own physician for a second opinion.

Report your injury. Workplace injuries need to be reported in a timely manner. Also, keep your supervisor or manager up-to-date on any subsequent developments. If your doctor has diagnosed an injury that was not immediately evident at the time of your initial report, let your supervisor know.

Get a written report of the accident. Your employer must take a report of the accident. You are entitled to a copy as well. Do not let your employer deny you a physical copy of your report for your own records.

Identify witnesses. If someone witnessed your accident, get their information. You may need to refer back to their account of the incident later.

Take photos. Take photos of the area, including any tools or equipment that may have played a role in the accident.

Write an account. You will likely be asked to make statements about your claim multiple times. Having a detailed account that was written while the accident was still fresh in your mind can help keep your statements concise and accurate.

Contact an attorney. Even if you plan on going through workers’ compensation, contacting an experienced attorney can help ensure you are receiving a fair amount. Thomas J. Henry offers free consultations to all injured victims. Our attorneys are available 24/7 – seven days a week.

If you fell from scaffolding while on the job, depending on the circumstances under which your accident occurred and whether or not your employer offers worker’s compensation, you may be able to sue your employer or a third party who was involved in your accident.

Roughly 4,836 worker deaths and 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses are recorded in the United States every year. Among the most common causes of death and injury in the workplace are falls, slips, and trips.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that falls, slips and trips result in 16.5% of all recorded fatal workplace injuries. This makes falls the second most common cause of death in the workplace, exceeded only by transportation accidents.

Additionally, fall protection and Scaffolding are consistently among the top three most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA.

The Legal Information Institute defines negligence as a failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances. While the behavior in question usually consists of actions, it can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act.

When attempting to ascertain whether a person’s conduct or behavior lacked reasonable care, lawyers will consider the four elements that are required to establish a prima facie case (a legally required rebuttable presumption). The elements are:

  • The existence of a legal duty that the defendant owed to the plaintiff
  • The defendant’s breach of that duty
  • The plaintiff’s sufferance of an injury
  • Proof that the defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s injury

When it comes to a construction site, your employer, contractor, and co-workers owe you a general duty of care and must conduct themselves reasonably and prudently. This duty of care can also extend to the owners of the property that is under construction, any transportation companies responsible for transporting materials to the site, as well as the manufacturers of machinery and products being used in the construction project.

If any of these parties acted in a way that contributed to your injuries, you may have a negligence case.

When working to determine whether negligence resulted in your accident and injuries, your attorney will often apply what is commonly called the “but-for” test. In a statement, that would be “but for the actions of the defendant, my client would not have suffered his injuries.”

If the statement is true, your attorney will have established cause-in-fact or “actual cause.” This is then strengthened through investigation, the gathering of evidence, and interviewing witnesses. Your attorney may also incorporate the help of expert witnesses to help prove negligence and discover if the actions of the defendant violated federal or state regulations.

Expert witnesses often used in Texas construction accident cases include:

  • OSHA consultants
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Welding experts
  • Confined space permit experts
  • Engineering experts
  • Safety equipment experts
  • Occupational and environmental health experts
  • Hazardous chemical experts
  • Process safety management experts

These experts can provide detailed information about a construction accident. Because of the experts Thomas J. Henry uses, we can bring in information that many other law firms lack. We use a multitude of expert witnesses, putting you in the best position possible to achieve the compensation they deserve.

Generally, a construction site will have several different contractors and employers on-site at any given time. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is liable for your injuries. This is why it is a good idea to get in contact with an experienced construction accident attorney. Not only can an attorney help identify all the entities responsible for your accident and injuries, but they can also help you recover compensation from the entities even if your employer has already begun paying out workers’ compensation.

Some instances in which liability may go beyond your employer are:

  • A commercial vehicle operator striking scaffolding, causing fall injuries.
  • Electrocution that occurred at an apartment complex with poorly maintained wires.
  • Injuries caused by a construction worker being exposed to asbestos at a job site.
  • Injuries caused by a defective piece of machinery or equipment.
  • Injuries caused by a co-worker who acted negligently while under the influence of a narcotic or alcohol.

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