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Plant and Refinery Explosion Lawyers

You’ve always known your job came with risks. But you never thought you’d get seriously hurt. After an unexpected accident on a Odessa oil rig, oilfield, plant, or refinery, you need someone looking out for you. Call our plant explosion lawyers for the answers and help you deserve.

At Kemmy Law Firm, we know how hard it is to be hurt or lose a loved one in a plant or refinery accident. One minute, you’re working hard, and the next, you’re worried about paying the bills. We have over 50 years of combined experience, we have represented oil and gas workers, and we’ve recovered millions for our clients. Let us review your situation and explain your rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages.

Review our history of successful settlements and verdicts, then call us at (432) 400-0000 to schedule a free consultation. There are no upfront or hourly fees, and we only get paid when we win compensation.

Do You Need a Lawyer After an Oil Refinery Accident in Texas?

You should get legal advice after being seriously hurt or losing a relative in a plant explosion or other refinery accident. As a refinery worker in the Permian Basin, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. You also may have the right to file a lawsuit against your employee or a third party. Hiring a Odessa oil field accident lawyer means handling things the right way from the beginning.

Learn Your Legal Options

Unlike other states, Texas gives most employees leeway in providing workers’ compensation insurance. After an accident, it’s important to find out whether you have workers’ comp. This influences how you should proceed. Without workers’ comp, you might have the right to file a lawsuit against your non-subscriber employer. You also might have a claim against a third party responsible for the oil or gas refinery explosion.

We’ll Investigate

If workers’ comp covers your injuries, you don’t have to establish fault. But without workers’ comp, you’ll need to know who caused the accident and how. It’ll be your responsibility to prove fault and liability. Our lawyers can investigate the accident and gather the evidence you need.

Look for Regulatory Violations

We review the overall plant safety. All employers must follow state and federal regulations, including those by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We’ll inform the relevant agency of any violations whether or not they relate to your claim. A violation may help us prove fault and liability.

Demand Max Compensation

One of the most important things to do in your injury claim is to carefully track your losses, expenses, and non-economic injuries. To win the best recovery possible, we’ll need evidence of how the accident impacted you and your family, including medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and mental anguish.

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Common Types of Plant and Refinery Accidents

Our team at Kemmy Law Firm has decades of experience handling all plant and refinery accidents, including:

Defective Equipment in Plants and Refineries

All too often, serious accidents are the result of defective equipment. Sometimes a piece of equipment or machinery arrives defective from the manufacturer. In many cases, equipment becomes defective from lack of maintenance over time.

A common example is corrosion. Unchecked corrosion can lead to equipment failure and fires, explosions, chemical exposure, and other dangerous incidents.

Your accident and injuries may be the result of a defective:

  • Pipeline
  • Storage tank
  • Treatment tank
  • Boiler
  • Heater
  • Pump
  • Crude desalting unit
  • Separation unit
  • Conversion unit
  • Treating unit

Common Injuries of Plant and Refinery Explosions

We all too often represent individuals suffering from burn injuries from tragic oil refinery explosions. Plants and refineries are consistently at risk for fires, and it takes great care to keep machinery working safely. No matter the cause or type of your refinery injury, we strive to win maximum compensation so you get the care you need – now and in the future.

In addition to severe burns, oil refinery accidents also cause:

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Filing a Lawsuit Against a Negligent Employer in Odessa, TX

Because Texas doesn’t require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, you might learn you aren’t covered after a serious accident, like an oil plant explosion, fire, or fall. When there’s no workers’ comp to pay your medical bills, talk with a lawyer. Your best option to receive compensation is to file a fault-based lawsuit against the liable party, which might be your employer or a third-party.

If a coworker, supervisor, or another employee of the business caused the accident through their carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, you could file a personal injury claim against your employer. You will need evidence to prove who was at fault and establish your employer’s liability, which is why it’s important to have a Odessa law firm investigate.

Third-Party Liability Lawsuit

It isn’t always the employer’s fault when there’s a plant or refinery explosion accident. Numerous third parties might be to blame, such as a manufacturer, property owner, subcontractor, or trespasser.

When you work with Kemmy Law Firm, you benefit from a thorough independent investigation. We dig deep to find out what happened, why, and who was at fault. Once we have a better understanding of who is liable, we can represent you in filing a third-party personal injury or wrongful death claim.


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If you’re looking for a law firm, where you’re not just another client. I can say from personal experience, you have found the right place at The Kemmy Law Firm. Everyone there always treated us amazingly. Not at any time were we in the dark, not knowing what was going on. Either Tom, Nick or Melissa would give us updates often on the case and explain to us the next steps. Which this made us feel like we were the only case they had. They fought for us as if they were fighting for their own family. They were compassionate about making sure we were going to be all right during the case as well as the years after the case. We are so thankful we found the Kemmy Law Firm and you will be too. Thank you Tom, Nick, and Melissa and everyone at The Kemmy Law Firm.

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Why Kemmy Law Firm is Right for You After a Refinery Accident

If you’re an oil worker hurt in an oil field explosion accident, we recommend hiring a law firm with experience and in-depth knowledge of the local oil and gas industry. At Kemmy Law Firm, our trial attorneys have worked with injured oil and gas workers in Odessa for decades. We know how to investigate these incidents, review the evidence for OSHA violations, and most importantly, how to prove liability and win compensation.

We are most proud of the dedicated attention we give our clients and our case results. As a family-run firm, we believe in treating each client with compassion and respect.

Though we can’t guarantee the outcome of any case, we can show you our record of success. We have won million and multi-million-dollar settlements and awards. We’ve recovered more than $50 million in the past two years. Schedule a consultation to learn how we’ve resolved cases similar to yours.

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New Mexico Oil Field Worker Suffers Back Injury

We obtained a $2 Million settlement for a New Mexico Oil Field worker.

18-Wheeler Parks on Side of Road and Causes Catastrophic Injury

We recovered a confidential 7 figure settlement (in the millions) for a West Texas family man.

Child Suffers Closed Head Injury at Amusement Park

The Kemmy lawyers secured a $2.3 Million settlement.

Permanent Brain Injury

The Kemmy firm secured an $8 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a brain injury when basic safety rules were violated.


Frequently Asked Questions

Common Causes of Plant & Refinery Accidents?

There could be countless causes for plant and refinery accidents in Texas. Defective equipment, negligent employers, and poorly trained co-workers could have all contributed to a plant and refinery accident. Aging and poorly maintained equipment is one of the main causes behind many oilfield accidents. Careful examination of the evidence involved in your case could determine the root cause of your accident.

Can You Get Fired for Reporting a Safety Violation?

No. Worker protection laws prohibit your employer from retaliating against you for reporting a safety violation or accident.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Texas?

You have two years to file a personal injury claim in Texas. If the statute of limitations expires, you lose your opportunity to file a claim against the at-fault party. You have 30 days to notify your employer if you are filing a workers’ compensation claim.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive in My Settlement?

The compensation you receive varies on a case-by-case basis. Oilfield accidents are especially devastating, and the injuries you experienced might require ongoing care, which results in medical bills and other expenses, not to mention non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Essentially, the more damages you incurred from your accident; the more compensation you might receive.

Call Our Odessa Plant Explosion Lawyers for Help Today

You have a lot to worry about right now. You may need a great deal of medical care because of your injuries, and concerned about the associated expenses. The Kemmy Law Firm is here to help. Let us explain how you can recover compensation, and after a thorough investigation, we’ll guide you through the claims process.

To set up a free, no-obligation consultation, call Kemmy Law Firm at (432) 400-0000. There are no upfront fees. You only pay us after we recover compensation for you and your family.

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When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.