Fighting for Victims of Plant & Refinery Accidents (2023)

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Fighting for Those Harmed by Explosions & Fires in Texas, Louisiana & Nationwide

When plant managers and owners won’t provide for their injured workers, Arnold & Itkin holds them accountable. Our top-rated plant accident attorneys have won more than $10 billion for our clients, including record results for victims of the nation’s biggest plant explosions. We’ve helped plant workers all over the country achieve justice and lifelong security, regardless of how severe their injuries were. FromDallas toBaytown, fromBaton Rouge toEl Paso, we've been there for our clients.

We’ve represented victims of plant accidents involving:

  • Chemical plants
  • Oil and gas refineries
  • Turnaround accidents
  • Plant explosions
  • Unsafe policies
  • Defective machinery

You may not even know what caused your accident. All you know is you or a loved one are facing life-altering injuries and insurmountable medical bills. That’s where we can help. Our firm can fight for you to get high-quality medical care, replace your lost income, and secure the finances you need. Call us so you can focus on getting better. We can fight to get you what you need,no matter what.

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No Matter How Tough
the Fight.

When companies put pressure on their employees to produce at a higher capacity or forgo maintenance, accidents are inevitable. Our firm exists to take those companies to task on behalf of injured workers. We’ve taken on BP, Williams Olefins, Exxon-Mobil, and the biggest names in every industry. The tougher the case, the better. We not only go toe-to-toe with the largest plant-owning companies worldwide, webeat them on a regular basis. Arnold & Itkin is 100% committed to winning your fight.No matter what.

About Us

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No Matter What You've
Been Through.

Watch Shawn's Story
“They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
Shawn ThomasWorkplace Explosion Victim

Plant workers who have survived catastrophic accidents are often left withsevere burns, limited mobility, or lifelong impairment. For them, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This case is your life, so we make it ours too. That’s why we put everything we have toward making sure you get the medical care and provisions you need.No matter what.

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No Matter How Big They Are.

Whenever we go to court, we face off against dozens of highly paid corporate lawyers who spend their entire careers defending corporate negligence from regular people like you. It doesn’t matter how many they send at us. We’ve been able to come out on top because when we fight for our clients, we’re fighting for our families and our communities. Big companies might try to threaten you, blacklist you, or overwhelm you with an army of litigators. It doesn’t matter. We’ll be fighting on your behalf through it all.No matter what.

See Our Results

Our Victories

  • $97 MillionMassive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers
  • $39.7 MillionRecord Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial AccidentRead This Story
  • $18.5 MillionSecond Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar ExplosionRead This Story
  • $15.5 MillionMassive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion VictimsRead This Story
  • $13.7 MillionMassive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury
  • $12 MillionInjured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries
  • $11.7 MillionSettlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround
  • $11.6 MillionVerdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job
  • $4.97 MillionSettlement Reached for Orthopaedic Injury Victim
  • $4.8 MillionVerdict Won for Bereaved Daughter
  • $4 MillionVictim of Plant Explosion Received Millions in Settlement

No Matter Who You Ask.

We’ve consistently received the legal industry’s highest honors. We’re proud of these accolades and deeply grateful to the clients who put their trust in us.

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    "Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard.Especially if it’s hard."

    Kurt ArnoldFounding Partner

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    “People call me when something terrible has happened and they need help. It is personal to my clients, so it is personal to me. We have to win—no matter what.”

    Jason ItkinFounding Partner

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When we take a case, we fight to win.

For us, there’s no such thing as going halfway for a refinery accident victim. When we take on an industrial giant, we go all the way. We spend countless hours preparing briefs, taking depositions, working with investigators, and taking the people responsible to task for their role in the plant accident. No obstacle will stop us.No matter what.

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No Matter How Big the
News Story.

There’s a reason we’ve litigated the most infamous plant and refinery accidents in recent history. When people have gone through a life-changing accident—the kind that makes headlines—they know to call us. We’ve won record-breaking verdicts and settlements in cases like the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion, the 2013 William Olefins Geismar plant explosion, the 2017 Georgia Pacific plywood factory explosion, and countless others. If you’re caught in the middle of a huge plant accident, you need a law firm that stands tall under the pressure of national attention.No matter what.

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No Matter What Questions

  • Do I Need a Plant & Refinery Accident Attorney?

    Plant and refinery accident lawyers investigate disasters that take place in industrial workplaces, typically in the energy industry. They’re well-versed in procedures that often result in accidents, like turnarounds, but they’re also familiar with the decisions made by upper management that lead to those plant accidents. If you’ve been injured at a plant or refinery, it’s more likely you’ll uncover what caused your accident when you speak to someone who’s investigated these cases before. That's our plant and oil refinery injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin. We help injured workers nationwide.

  • What Causes Most Plant & Refinery Accidents?

    Typically, the root cause of plant and refinery accidents is cost-cutting. Skeleton crews, longer shifts, and lack of maintenance are the ingredients that most often lead to an injury or even a catastrophic explosion. One major factor is aging and defective equipment in plants and refineries today. Due to aging plant machinery, the odds of a disaster increase every year that plant owners don’t invest in new equipment.

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  • Can I File a Wrongful Death Case After a Refinery Accident?

    If you lost someone you love in a plant or refinery accident, you could have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a case filed in civil court against a person or company that acted with carelessness, negligence, or wrongdoing and therefore caused your loved one's death. Our oil refinery lawyers file wrongful death cases to help families find answers, get the financial support they need to rebuild, and see justice served.

  • Can I Get Fired for Reporting Safety Violations at Work?

    Federal law protects “whistleblowing,” which means a plant or refinery employer is barred from firing you, giving you worse hours, or cutting pay/benefits for reporting violations. If you report your factory’s poor safety to OSHA or any other agency, your employer cannot retaliate against you. If you report those same violations to an attorney, you’re also protected by attorney-client confidentiality. If you’re not sure if your employer is violating the law, you can tell a law firm and they can investigate on your behalf.

  • Is Aging, Defective Equipment a Real Danger?

    Aging or defective equipment is one of the chief causes of any given plant accident. In order to increase profitability, plant owners often delay maintenance as long as possible to keep plants in operation. When plants undergo maintenance, workers are pressured to get it done quickly to get back into production. This results in missed repairs or aging parts not getting replaced in time. Some of the nation’s worst plant and refinery disasters were caused by small, broken parts that should have been replaced but weren’t.

  • Who Is Liable for a Plant Accident?

    In many cases, it may be the plant owner. As the owner and employer, companies set safety policy, dictate maintenance schedules, and control the funding for maintenance, safety equipment, and other disaster-prevention measures. If there’s an accident, it’s almost always because a higher-up at the company made a decision to cut corners or limit maintenance costs. The other possibility is that an equipment manufacturer supplied a defective part or machine. Defective parts are often due to neglect by the plant owner, but there are many cases where the manufacturer is also to blame. In either case, our firm has held both manufacturers and owners accountable for plant accidents.

No Matter the Situation.

From plant workers in Houston to turnaround technicians nationwide, our firm has recovered more than $10 billion for our clients. We’ve gone up against the biggest, strongest, and most well-funded opponents in history andwon. When we say that we’re going to fight for you, we mean it. Our firm won’t let up until we’ve exhausted every option or you’ve gotten the money you need to move forward.No matter what.

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