If you are researching industrial accident attorneys to help you investigate a catastrophic injury or death, it means you have already been through a lot. We know that industrial accidents can be incredibly traumatizing and stressful for everyone involved, and we want to extend our condolences to you and your family. While this may be a confusing and overwhelming time, we hope we are able to help.
Why Do Industrial Accidents and Explosions Occur?
What we find over and over again in industrial accidents is that industries are fighting to keep safety regulation adherence to a minimum and regulators are incapable of policing these massive companies. In the United States, businesses are required to follow the safety guidelines laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, OSHA only has 1,850 inspectors to monitor eight million worksites. At the current rate of federal funding, it is nearly impossible for the agency to make sure every employer is up to federal standards.
Industrial Injury Claims
Dealing with the ramifications of an industrial accident is clearly no small task. It is no secret that companies do not want to accept blame for any accident they might be responsible for. This can be true even for “key” employees who have worked at the same company for decades. Corporate employers hire teams of high-priced and high-powered attorneys just to make sure they are protected whenever a major catastrophic accident occurs.
However, if they are truly at fault, you and your family do not deserve to shoulder the burden of responsibility for their mistakes. You may be eligible to file an industrial injury claim and be compensated for your medical bills, related treatment expenses, and emotional distress, among other financial and non-economic damages. But, every day that passes where you remain without legal representation means these corporate giants are able to get a head start destroying evidence, deflecting blame, and building their case against you. A serious investigation is the last thing a company wants to deal with, but it is very likely they are already preparing for one.
So, what can an injured worker do?
Hire an Industrial Accident Lawyer with Experience and a Proven Record
The most important factor when finding an attorney to investigate a complex industrial accident is their history of coming through for their clients. Such an important event requires an attorney who will take it seriously and be willing to work to uncover the truth. This will require someone who has practical experience investigating industrial injury cases such as:
- Plant Explosions
- Plant Fires
- Refinery Explosions
- Oil and Gas Refinery Accidents
- Electrical Accidents
- Heavy Machinery Accidents
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Falls From a Height
- Falling Objects
- Toxic Exposur
These types of explosions and accidents can result can result in wrongful death or serious injuries such as:
- Chemical burns
- Inhalation burns
- Head injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Crush injuries
The list of significant industrial accident injuries is long. Physical injuries are only part of the loss equation, however, as injured workers and their families will also suffer from decreased or lost earnings, future injuries that might crop up, and the associated bills they will incur. It is the job of the company’s attorneys to make sure you get as little as possible, regardless of whether they are at fault or not.
Corporations with endless resources are not intimidated by inexperienced attorneys who have never taken on and beaten “the big guys.” They know industrial accident cases are complex and require hard work and skill. Building a case that the company’s corporate attorneys want to run away from is not something just any lawyer can do. These big shot attorneys respect one thing and one thing only: a winning track record.
Deadlines to file an Industrial Accident or Plant Explosions Case
The law sets a deadline within which all injured workers and/or their family members must file a lawsuit. The legal name of this deadline is the statute of limitations, and in Texas you generally have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim. With the complexities of an industrial accident case and deadlines approaching, it is in your best interest to get your potential claims investigated immediately. The longer you wait, the less time your attorneys will have to determine the best course of action for you and your family.
Industrial disasters can occur because of accidents, incompetence or negligence and may cause property damage, injury or loss of life. Thousands of workers die every year because of unsafe working conditions, and even more deaths occur every year due to work-related illnesses like cancer. Contact us today to get a free consultation. There is never a charge to have a personal injury case reviewed.