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.

Texas is unique in that employers are allowed to opt-out of offering workers’ compensation; however, a caveat is that if an employer who does not offer workers’ compensation is determined to be even 1% at fault for an employee’s injuries, they are liable for any and all resulting damages.

Workers’ compensation is a benefit offered by some employers which helps pay for hospital and medical expenses associated with an injury that was sustained on the job. Workers’ compensation may also provide disability payments if you are unable to work following your injury.

While workers’ compensation does cover most injuries, even those caused by the employee’s negligence, it is important to note that there are exclusions. For example, injuries that occur while an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Other instances in which workers’ compensation may not imply include:

  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Injuries suffered while an employee is committing a crime
  • Injuries sustained by an employee while not on a job
  • Injuries suffered by an employee acting in a manner that violates company policy

Employers often benefit from offering workers’ compensation because it preempts them from being held liable for most on the job injuries. As such, a worker who receives workers’ compensation cannot sue their employer for the injuries they suffered in the workplace.

If you are injured on the job and your employer does not offer workers’ compensation, contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

State law says that any employer who fails to provide workers’ compensation can be held liable for all damages sustained by the employee even if they are only determined to be 1% responsible for causing that employee’s injuries.

Most employers who have opted out of providing workers’ compensation understand this law. Because of that, they may scramble to offer something like workers’ compensation to mitigate their liability. Do not be fooled into signing your rights away. You have no obligation to accept their offer or to see a company-selected doctor, and any offer that comes from such an employer after an injury occurs will be well below what they are actually liable for.

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.

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.

While workers’ compensation does cover most injuries, even those caused by the employee’s negligence, it is important to note that there are exclusions. For example, injuries that occur while an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Other instances in which workers’ compensation may not imply include:

  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Injuries suffered while an employee is committing a crime
  • Injuries sustained by an employee while not on a job
  • Injuries suffered by an employee acting in a manner that violates company policy

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Trucking Accident
$50 Million

Net to Client: $27 Million

Expenses: $1.1 Million

Attorney Fees: $21 Million

NECK INJURIES

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Trucking Accident
$35 Million

Net to Client: $22.2 Million

Expenses: $100 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $12.8 Million

WRONGFUL DEATH

Product Liability
$30.2 Million

Net to Client: $20.1 Million


Expenses: $39.6 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $10.1 Million

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Premises Liability
$14.8 Million

Net to Client: $6.7 Million

Expenses: $652 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $7.4 Million

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Medical Malpractice
$12.7 Million

Net to Client: $10.4 Million

Expenses: $300 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $2 Million

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Company Vehicle Accident
$10 Million

Net to Client: $5.6 Million

Expenses: $125 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $4.3 Million

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