The Latest on the TPC Plant Explosion in Port Neches, TX
A petrochemical plant in Port Neches, Texas owned by TPC Group, Inc. exploded at 1 a.m. Wednesday, November 27. The blast startled thousands of nearby residents and injured several people. A second explosion followed later on in the afternoon. The plant explosions threw thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants into the air, resulting in multiple evacuation orders.
The last fire at the TPC Group plant explosion site was extinguished on Tuesday, December 3rd. The chemicals TPC uses in its processing have low boiling points, making it possible they could have vaporized and re-ignited. Fear of further explosions prompted the county to evacuate as many as 60,000 nearby residents from their homes. They were eventually allowed to return to their homes.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent federal agency known for its detailed root-cause analysis reports after industrial incidents, announced that it will deploy crews to the Port Neches plant explosion area. They will be reviewing TPC’s compliance with state regulations in the wake of the explosion.
The petrochemical maker TPC Group, Inc. plans to rebuild the Texas plant, which was shut down as fires burned for six days. However, many victims are still seeking answers as they deal with the unwanted burdens that the incident has caused.
Our firm has already received several calls from individuals and families that have suffered injuries seeking a free legal consultation.
If you or a loved one was one of the nearly dozen reported injuries, including if you worked for TPC, you may speak with one of our refinery explosion lawyers at no cost and confidentially. Our meeting will not be disclosed to anyone, including your employer(s). The information you provide can help with your recovery, and may also assist in determining liability for the incident.
Port Neches Plant Explosion Lawsuits are Already Being Filed
The TPC explosion resulted in serious injuries, major property damage, and countless losses for many people. We have already received multiple inquiries regarding legal representation in connection with the explosion at TPC’s Port Neches plant.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to the TPC explosion, you may be entitled to compensation. A damages award can help with hospital bills, medical costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses. Filing deadlines will apply — you’ll need to take action quickly so that you don’t miss your window to pursue a claim.
Contact our firm to learn what legal options may be available to you.
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More on Refinery and Plant Explosions
Plant explosions are a frequent cause of industrial accident injuries. Working in a plant can be dangerous given the toxic chemical exposure and heavy machinery. Oftentimes, plant explosions are due to the negligence of the company, including failure to follow proper safety measures.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations for industries across the country. Typically, plants are cited and fined for failing to follow OSHA regulations. This pattern of negligence can often lead to injuries. Attempts to cover-up the incident or skew the facts surrounding the accident can lead to further liability issues and possibly even criminal charges.
Several other major plant explosions also occurred in Texas. These include the BP plant explosion and the West Fertilizer Company explosion. The West Fertilizer explosion resulted in fifteen people being killed and more than one hundred people injured. The blast also severely damaged property in the surrounding areas, including a nursing home, apartment complex, and many homes. Sadly, both the BP and West Fertilizer accidents resulted in extensive physical and mental injuries, including burns, head trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Another example was the Williams Olefins Chemical plant explosions, which injured dozens and killed two workers. The plant produced ethylene and propylene which are both flammable gases.
Other injuries and losses caused by refinery and plant explosions include:
- Chemical burns and chemical exposure
- Lung and breathing-related injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (often due to being struck by debris)
- Property loss and damage, especially to the surrounding neighborhood community
- Issues with drinking water, air, and other nearby resources
- Various other communal and environmental concerns
Thousands of deaths and injuries are attributed each year to plant and oil rig explosions. It is common for these large companies to fight against compensation for these accidents. We have the experience to help you obtain a recovery for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Texas Plant Explosion Injury Lawyer
Plant explosion injury lawsuits can involve highly complex legal procedures and concepts. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that our clients are properly compensated and get the justice they deserve.
Our recognition inside and outside of the courtroom has led to our induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and SuperLawyers™ Magazine.
For a free case consultation please contact Pierce | Skrabanek and call us at (832) 690-7000. You will speak to an experienced attorney that will examine the facts of your plant explosion case and the law applicable to your case. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay unless we obtain recovery for you.