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Most employees who sustain injuries due to an accident at work can file for workers’ comp, which will assist with medical bills and lost wages. However, especially for those whose injuries are permanent and likely to necessitate ongoing care, a workers’ compensation settlement may not cover all your needs. If you find yourself in this situation, we can help evaluate whether you may be able to bring a claim against a third party.
In a case like this, a third party is any company, other than your employer, whose negligence contributed to the accident. That could include another contractor whose workers were onsite, the company responsible for maintaining dangerous machinery, or a manufacturer behind a faulty piece of equipment. It may take a skilled investigative team to determine who holds liability, but looking into whether you can file a third-party claim is well worth it.
Workers’ compensation does not cover the full breadth of damages a personal injury claim might: For instance, you cannot recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Additionally, workers’ comp only pays a portion of lost wages and may even cap the amount you can recover at much less than your typical paycheck. With a lawsuit, you can request full damages for your ordeal. When you’re out of work due to an injury, each dollar counts, and we want to make sure you recover the maximum amount possible.
Determining Third-Party Liability
Your employer is responsible for maintaining a safe environment at work, but some accidents are beyond its control. If you want to know whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit, ask yourself whether your company’s actions were directly connected to the accident. Some common issues caused by third-party negligence include:
- Poorly designed machinery
- Equipment failure
- Negligent maintenance of workplace equipment
Defective or malfunctioning equipment is often to blame in an oil refinery fire or explosion. However, to bring a case, you must provide solid evidence of liability. First, this means pinpointing the failure that caused the accident. Second, it means determining whether it was the fault of another company (i.e., a manufacturer behind shoddy equipment) or whether your employer shared the blame (for example, by failing to replace equipment after a recall).
Get a Strong Oil Refinery Explosion Investigator On Your Side
Finding the cause of a fire or explosion takes significant skill and training due to the way these accidents tend to destroy evidence. If you work with a law firm that does not know how to investigate such an accident, you risk losing the evidence that might prove your claim. Before you hire a law firm to represent you, we urge you to ask about their experience handling this type of case.
Our attorneys, aside from having deep technical knowledge themselves, have a network of investigators and other experts who are ready to help with your case. We pride ourselves on providing top-tier service and advocacy to every client.
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Oil refinery explosions and fires may result in extreme injuries like severe burns, hearing loss, loss of limb, and more. You deserve compensation for the struggles these injuries can bring. From today’s medical bills to the future costs of rehabilitation and personal aid, we are here to help you secure a fair settlement that meets your needs.
Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP has been serving clients in the Houston area for 40 years now, and in that time, we’ve handled multiple complex cases. Our team is known for its work in product defect claims. We’ve also built a reputation as a group of tenacious fighters who are dedicated to making sure the law protects the health and safety of individuals rather than the profits of corporations. If you are looking for a firm with the skill, experience, and resources to handle an oil refinery explosion claim, we want to share how we can help.
Call us today at (800) 914-2894 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars for injury victims.
There are a few indicators of quality you can look at to determine whether a law firm has what it takes to help you. The first is case results, the second is client reviews, and the third is awards and honors from respected legal organizations. We are proud our team at Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP has all of these quality markers and more.
- Our scientific background gives us unique insight into medical-related cases, allowing us to oppose the defense effectively.
- When you hire our firm, you get a team of attorneys and support staff working together to build the best possible case.
- We have fought alongside thousands of clients, helping to secure hundreds of millions of dollars since 1981.