Oil & gas facilities and refineries in the petrochemical industry create an environment where serious personal injury, property damage or wrongful death can occur in the event of a catastrophic explosion. If you or your family member has been involved in a catastrophic explosion at a gas refinery, oil refinery, chemical refinery, gas storage facility, gas pipeline, oil well site or gas well site and suffered serious personal injury or death, Chandler, Mathis & Zivley will investigate and pursue legal action against the responsible party and seek damages for past and future medical bills, past and future mental anguish and physical pain, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, disability, past and future loss of income and loss of earning capacity.
Following a catastrophic explosion at a gas refinery, oil refinery, chemical refinery, gas storage facility, gas pipeline, oil well site or gas well site it may difficult to determine the cause of the incident and the resulting liability. The most common causes of catastrophic explosions at oil refinery, gas refinery and chemical refinery facilities include improper maintenance, improper repair, defective products, improper safety systems, violations of industry codes, standards and practices, improper training and operator error. The Texas oil, gas and chemical refinery industry utilizes sub-contractors to maintain and service facilities while in production and during a shutdown or startup. The owner of the oil & gas refinery of facility and each service provider is a potential defendant in a catastrophic explosion case whose role and conduct in maintenance, repair, shutdown or startup must be investigated and examined.
Chandler, Mathis & Zivley has experience in handling serious personal injury, property damage and wrongful death cases arising from explosions at oil & gas refinery and oil & gas storage and transmission facilities. In 1992, a gas storage facility leaked natural gas vapors that ignited and exploded. The resulting explosion was the size of an atomic bomb which was felt 90 miles away in Houston. The 1992 Brenham, Texas gas storage facility explosion caused many serious personal injuries, widespread property damage and significant reduction in the value of real properties in and around the blast site. Although the vast of the personal injury and damage cases were settled, 22 claimants tried their claims to a Harris County Jury in 1996. George Chandler and W. Perry Zivley, Jr., were lead trial counsel for the claimants who chose to try their claims. Following a 4 week trial with dozens of witnesses and hundreds of exhibits, a Harris County Jury found the Defendants negligent, grossly negligent and liable for creating a nuisance. The Jury awarded $5,600,000 in actual damages and 138,000,000 in punitive damages. View more information about the Brenham gas storage facility case in our Case History section of this website.
Chandler, Mathis & Zivley's experience and track record in investigating and pursuing large oil and gas companies that process, refine and store oil, gas and chemicals provides a unique advantage to clients that suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death claims. If you or a loved one has been involved in an explosion or other industrial accident at a gas refinery, oil refinery, chemical refinery, gas storage facility, gas pipeline, oil well site or gas well site and have suffered serious personal injury, property damage or wrongful death you are entitled to compensation from the parties responsible for the catastrophic event.
Please contact our office for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been involved in an explosion or other industrial accident at a gas refinery, oil refinery, chemical refinery, gas storage facility, gas pipeline, oil well site or gas well site.