Industrial Accidents & Toxic Exposure Attorney
Our industrial accident lawyer understands the dangers of an industrial job. The industrial sector is continuously expanding, and so is the likelihood of occupational disease and injury. Industrial employees of all sorts, including those in construction, refinery, and chemical plant workers, are constantly exposed to dangers on the job. Industrial work is among the most dangerous, and we need this essential work to function as a society. Though many industrial employees guarantee their safety by taking extra care when handling potentially hazardous chemicals, they cannot always escape the harm caused by another party’s irresponsibility. Disasters can escalate, even leading to death.
But accidents happen even in safe environments. Workers can even be exposed to unknown risks that aren’t properly understood. And in some cases, companies think that workers are expendable. Those industrial workers will become sick or hurt and face tragedy.
Some businesses believe that it is easier to replace dead or hurt staff than it is to try to keep them completely safe. Many dangers result in employees being hurt and out of work. Minor injuries are not usually fully covered by insurance companies, leaving employees with a pay decrease.
This puts them and their family at a disadvantage during their recovery period. Other cases leave workers suffering from more serious injuries and life-threatening diseases. Some are due to chemical and toxin exposure, collapsing or defective equipment, and explosions.
Industrial accidents are significant, and opponents have nearly endless resources. Their playbook usually includes strategies like overloading clients with an army of attorneys, countless legal motions, and persistent concerns of blacklisting. An industrial accident lawyer on your side can level the playing field.
What Types Of Industrial Accidents Are Possible?
Simply put, if it can happen, there’s a good chance that it will happen. The most common types of industrial accidents are as follows:
- Falling equipment, materials, or objects
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Trips and falls
- Smoke or toxic fume inhalation
- OSHA violations
- Structural collapse (scaffolding)
- Slow release of toxins and chemicals that can become catastrophic under the right conditions
- Poor maintenance
- Negligent supervision
- Dangerous work conditions
- Inadequate safety equipment
What Causes An Industrial Accident?
These types of accidents can have one trigger or multiple. However, they are typically caused when another person is careless on the job site.
Some of the more serious industrial incidents have been known to be caused by the malicious actions of other workers. Most industrial accidents happen because of the following:
- Equipment malfunction
- Industrial pollution
- Safety equipment failed
- There were not enough safety policies and rules
- Inclement weather
Industrial accidents happen because someone didn’t do what was required of them.
What Types Of Injuries Are Possible In An Industrial Workplace?
Industrial workers suffer from some of the most unimaginable injuries. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:
- Burns (chemical, fire, or electrical)
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Illness and diseases (cancer and others)
- Broken bones
- Loss of body parts
- Back injuries
- Loss of senses such as hearing or sight
Toxic Exposures In The Workplace
Exposure to toxins and harmful chemicals usually occur at a slow rate while having some of the most severe consequences. When workers come into substances like cadmium, trichloroethylene, polyvinyl chloride, arsenic, perchloroethylene, various heavy metals, they can suffer for the rest of their lives.
If they’ve been exposed to asbestos, they can eventually develop mesothelioma. Other diseases such as cancer, lead poisoning, acute myeloid leukemia, and many others usually come after being constantly exposed to very toxic chemicals. Some of the most common chemicals that workers are exposed to are as follows:
Asbestos is well known in the construction industry. It is very hazardous leaving mesothelioma related lawsuits to be the largest in the history of American suits.
When persons are exposed to benzene on a chemical and toxic level, they can later suffer from immunodeficiency, acute myeloid leukemia, reproductive health issues, and various health complications.
Lead produces severe reactions for toddlers and infants. However, lead can easily affect persons of any age. This results in both neurological and developmental problems.
If prolonged exposure occurs, persons end up suffering from a condition known as manganism. It is similar to Parkinson’s and occurs when persons are exposed to metalworking processes.
What Sort Of Compensation Is Available To An Injured Industrial Worker?
Even if workers’ compensation partially covered your injuries, you may be eligible to further money. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation does not always cover your medical bills and lost earnings potential. You may be able to seek further compensation from others who were present in the industrial site that could exceed what you receive from worker’s compensation.
You have the right to seek compensation for past and future healthcare bills incurred because of your injury. You can also seek money for lost wages and diminished earning potential. In addition, you may seek compensation for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, deformity, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The legal system is complicated, which is why the law provides advocates so that regular people can benefit from the full force of the law. Our skilled attorneys understand what it takes to prepare your case for trial.
A consultation with an industrial accident lawyer in Houston is very important for making this type of decision. Most industrial employers are known for preventing employees from receiving anything more than just workers’ compensation. They purposefully prevent workers from getting the benefits that they deserve and they even do everything in their power to prevent them from retaliating with a compensation claim.
These situations require a trained professional attorney to help workers get the compensation that they deserve.
Experienced Industrial Accident Lawyer with Results
Although every case is different, David Willis is proud of the results he has obtained for victims of industrial accidents. A sample of his industrial accident lawsuits include:
$3,520,000 Industrial Accident – Wrongful Death from Ethylene Oxide Exposure
Willis’ client was working for an electrical contractor assigned to work in a refinery in Beaumont, Texas. While working in the plant basement for months, the worker was exposed to large amounts of ethylene oxide causing severe sensory nerve damage and death. Personal injury lawyer David Willis filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the plant owner and operator. They settled for $3.52 million after ferocious litigation. Expenses $34,372, Attorneys’ Fees $1,208,000, Net to Clients $2,277,628
$2,780,000 Scaffolding Collapse – Brain Damage
Willis’ client was an independent contractor hired to work as a lighting engineer on a film. The client was about 25 feet from the pavement, standing on the third section of scaffolds when they started to slide out and fall over. He fell to the pavement below, suffering irreversible brain damage. The client would never work again. David Willis sued the scaffolding rental company. Our case settled for $2.78 million. Expenses $26,358, Attorneys’ Fees $1.11 Million, Net to Client $1.64 Million
How long will it take for my lawsuit to be resolved?
On average, lawsuits involving industrial workplace accidents take roughly 1.5 years to resolve. The length of the lawsuit is determined by a variety of circumstances, including whether or not a settlement can be reached, if a hearing is required, and whether or not an appeal is filed. A lengthier lawsuit tends to get more compensation.
Speak With An Industrial Accident Lawyer
David Willis is a trusted industrial accident lawyer who understands the trauma caused by industrial accidents. He knows the worker and family members deserve an advocate to fight for them. Due to his past experiences with industrial accidents, he knows just how hard it can be to secure benefits from insurance companies and employers.
He is ready and dedicated to helping all industrial workers who were hurt on their job site and have not received the benefits that they deserve. Most of the times employers fail to provide protection and compensation for their injured workers and he is ready to fight for their rights.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an industrial accident, we want to hear your story. David P. Willis is board certified as a personal injury trial law specialist. We’ve put in a lot of effort to get the best results for our clients, and we’ll do the same for you and your loved ones. Call us at 713-654-4040 or 1-800-883-9858.