Chemical Plant Leak Lawyers
Toxic Exposure Caused by Chemical Plant Leaks
Chemical plant workers are at risk of various occupational hazards, including toxic exposure, every day. Additionally, residents who live near industrial factories and manufacturing plants can also be subjected to harmful exposure when dangerous leaks occur. Pollutants from a chemical leak can enter the ground, water, and air in the surrounding areas, leading to catastrophic and widespread consequences.
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Symptoms of Chemical Exposure
Industrial workers and residents living near chemical plants and refineries are all at risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals. This risk increases dramatically when a chemical plant experiences a leak or another disaster.
Some of the most common signs of toxic chemical exposure include:
- Blurred vision
- Burning in the nose or throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Severe and/or prolonged exposure can lead to emergency symptoms, such as seizures, convulsions, and loss of consciousness. Over time, exposure to harmful chemicals and other substances can lead to an array of lasting health effects.
Types of Injuries & Illnesses Caused by Chemical Plant Disasters
Chemical plant explosions, fires, leaks, spills, and other disasters put workers and the public at risk. When people are exposed to hazardous substances through a chemical plant disaster, the results can be devastating.
Toxic exposure related to chemical plant leaks and other disasters often leads to the following injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions:
- Allergic reactions
- Birth defects
- Chemical burns
- Developmental disabilities
- Eye injuries
- Immune system problems
- Liver damage
- Reproductive problems
- Respiratory disease
- Skin irritation
- Wrongful death
How Do Chemical Plant Leaks Happen?
The industrial industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. Chemical plants are required to follow strict safety standards to prevent spills, leaks, and other disasters. However, many facilities fail to implement or enforce these standards—often with catastrophic results.
Some of the most common causes of chemical plant leaks include:
- Failure to follow safety regulations
- Inadequate equipment maintenance
- Defective equipment or tools
- Employee inexperience
- Improper employee supervision
- Lack of adequate employee training
- Pressure to meet unrealistic quotas or deadlines
- Failure to conduct adequate inspections
- Failure to replace aging or defective equipment
- Improper storage or disposal of toxic substances
- Poor communication
Generally speaking, these disastrous events occur when chemical plants cut corners in an effort to generate profits and enhance their bottom lines. This often comes at the cost of public safety, and at Potts Law Firm, we believe that this is simply unacceptable.
Our legal team aggressively pursues toxic tort litigation against oil, gas, and chemical manufacturers that fail to follow federal, state, and industry safety regulations. We have extensive experience and have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, earning a reputation as one of the nation’s leading authorities in this area of law.
Your Rights After a Chemical Plant Leak
Whether you are a chemical plant worker or live nearby a chemical plant or refinery, you have certain rights. If you have been negatively affected by a chemical plant leak, spill, or disaster, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting damages.
In many toxic tort cases, plaintiffs can seek compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income/wages
- Property damage
- Permanent injury or disability
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death damages
In certain instances, plaintiffs can also seek exemplary, or punitive, damages. Exemplary damages are awarded in cases involving gross negligence or wanton, willful, or general misconduct and are meant to punish the defendant for such conduct.
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Our attorneys fight for maximum compensation on behalf of those affected by disastrous chemical plant spills, leaks, explosions, fires, and other disasters. If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury, illness, or medical condition caused by toxic exposure following a chemical plant disaster, call Potts Law Firm to learn how we can fight for you.
At Potts Law Firm, we believe that large corporations and other powerful entities should be held accountable when their negligence causes widespread harm. In many instances, the owner or operator of the chemical plant can be held legally responsible for victims’ damages following a leak or similar disaster. Our chemical plant leak attorneys are tireless advocates for the victims of these disasters. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you with your toxic tort claim.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
Q:How much does it cost to hire a toxic tort lawyer?
Most toxic tort lawyers, including those at Potts Law Firm, provide contingency fees. This means that you do not pay anything upfront or out-of-pocket. Instead, you only owe attorney fees and certain other litigation-related expenses if/when your attorney recovers a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Q:What are your rights after a chemical spill incident?
If you were hurt or negatively impacted by a chemical leak while working at a chemical plant, living nearby, or operating a business in the region, you have the right to seek compensation. The damages awarded in a chemical leak lawsuit are meant to help rebuild your life by covering all costs and losses you experienced due to the unfortunate incident. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages. We urge you to contact our toxic tort attorneys if you believe that you were exposed to dangerous toxins at work or in your community and you begin to experience symptoms of an injury. We will assist you in understanding and protecting your legal rights.
Q:How do chemical leaks affect surrounding communities?
A chemical leak from an industrial plant can affect nearby areas in a variety of ways. A chemical leak may cause property damage and monetary losses for local residents and businesses. Groundwater and other water sources may be impacted, and harmful pollutants may be emitted into the air. Evacuations are sometimes necessary depending on how far it spread until it was contained.
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