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Top 5 Dangers of Chemical Plants

What Are the Top 5 Dangers of Chemical Plants?

What happens when a chemical plant worker is injured on the job? 

The risks of living and working near a chemical plant include exposure to various dangerous chemicals, contaminated water and soil, as well as fires and explosions. Accidents involving chemical plants can have catastrophic consequences. 

An injury suffered as a result of a chemical plant accident may entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries. A lawyer experienced in chemical plant litigation will evaluate your unique facts and circumstances and determine if you have a case.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a chemical plant, call the law office of Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 or contact us online. The lawyers at our Houston-based law firm are standing by to help you seek justice.

What Are the Effects of Chemical Plant Accidents? 

The effects of chemical plant accidents can be devastating to both individuals and the environment. Entire communities can be decimated because of a single person’s negligence. Those who work at chemical plants face danger on a daily basis. 

The (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency heavily regulates the use of chemicals, however, chemical plant workers are still exposed to dangerous chemicals. Some common substances that chemical plant workers may be exposed to are formaldehyde, benzene, and hydrogen sulfide. Exposure or inhalation of these chemicals poses serious risks. 

Some of the common injuries that affect chemical plant workers are: 

  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Broken bones 
  • Amputation
  • Property Damages
  • Wrongful Death

Compensation for a chemical plant accident can extend beyond compensation for physical damage and may include damages for loss of income or even punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages that are awarded to punish a defendant’s harmful or egregious behavior.

If you have been injured in an accident at a chemical plant, contact the qualified plant explosion lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek by calling (832) 690-7000 or contacting us online. We are standing by and ready to help you seek justice.

What Are the Top 5 Dangers of Living Near a Chemical Plant? 

Those who work at a chemical plant are not always the people who are most affected by chemical plant incidents or accidents. Simply living near a chemical plant comes with inherent risks. There are many serious dangers associated with living near a chemical plant. 

The top dangers of living near a chemical plant include: 

  1. A plant explosion: The most obvious risk of living near a chemical plant is a plant explosion. Plant explosions as well as oil rig explosions can occur without warning and can place entire communities in peril. Both chemical and oil plants that work with combustible materials should have protections in place to prevent explosions. 
  1. Water contamination: If chemicals are not stored and disposed of properly, there is a risk that they may seep into groundwater systems. Such chemical spills may go unnoticed for years and have the potential to poison the drinking water of entire cities and towns.
  1. Air pollution: Chemical manufacturing plants may spew toxic chemicals into the air. Breathing in these chemicals may negatively affect your health and lead to long-term illnesses or breathing problems such as asthma or lung cancer.
  1. Increased risk of cancer: Long-term exposure to chemicals may increase your risk of cancer. If you work in a chemical plant or live near a chemical plant you may have been unknowingly exposed to known carcinogens. 
  1. Increased risk of birth defects: Exposure to chemicals may also result in an increased rate of birth defects.

If you live near a chemical plant and are experiencing consistent symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, trouble breathing, or skin rash, you should seek medical attention. A medical professional may be able to help you determine the cause of your symptoms. Your diagnosis and medical records may serve as evidence of a chemical plant’s negligence. Contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. 

A personal injury settlement can help cover the medical costs of chemical injuries from burns, poisonings or other injuries related to chemical exposure. Contact an experienced attorney at Pierce Skrabanek online or by calling (832) 690-7000.

What Are the Risks of the Chemical Industry? 

The Chemical Industry poses immediate and long-term risks to individuals, communities, and the environment. 

  • Individuals: Individuals may face career-ending or life-changing personal injuries
  • Communities: Communities may be completely destroyed by a chemical plant explosion or fire. Neighborhoods and residential areas surrounding chemical plants may also be uniquely affected by long-term exposure to dangerous so-called “forever chemicals” such as PFAS. 
  • Environment: The environment surrounding a chemical plant may be negatively affected by the chemical industry. If proper precautions are not observed, chemicals can enter the water table or soil. These chemicals may cause severe illness for those who use the contaminated water and soil. 

Chemical plant litigation is extremely complicated. You need an attorney familiar with the laws and procedures involved in this type of case to get the maximum settlement. 

Contact Experienced Chemical Plant Injury Lawyers

If you have been affected by living near a chemical plant or have been injured in a chemical plant accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. 

The skilled attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek are capable of achieving multi-million dollar settlements for people who have been injured in chemical plant accidents. Chemical plant explosions and oil rig accidents are catastrophic events that can impact a person’s entire future. If you have been injured in such an event, you do not need to suffer in silence. 

The attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek are very experienced in chemical plant litigation and are here to help you recover. Contact our firm by calling (832) 690-7000 or by contacting us online.

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