Personal Injury

Baytown is a city within the Harris County area of Texas County and partially in Chambers County in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Located within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, Baytown is the fourth-largest city within this area. The area that became Baytown was settled as early as 1822 and now lies along State Highway 146 and Interstate 10.

As of 2010, Baytown had a population of 71,802. By 2014, Baytown’s population had grown to the size of 76,127. Personal injury related accidents and work related deaths can and do occur in Baytown despite a small of information concerning these accidents in 2016. Since 2014, several workplace injuries have occurred at Baytown including a construction worker who was killed at ExxonMobil’s Olefins Plant during an incident at the plant. In 2016, during a lightning strike, one of the oil tanks in Baytown was struck, caught fire and exploded. There have been numerous fires in the area including several house fires and one fire that burned at the Exxonmobil Refinery. Also worth mentioning is that in recent years, several individuals have been injured during Baytown bull riding competitions.

Fire Accidents and Explosions

Explosions and fires are among the most devastating events that occur on a regular basis throughout Texas. These events often lead to substantial personal injuries, property destruction, and sometimes even death. A variety of causes trigger explosions and fires including defective propane tanks, flammable fuels in certain industries, faulty wiring, improperly protected construction sites, or negligent maintenance of public utilities. Each of these acts is enough to create fires that could turn into catastrophic events. Determining the cause of an explosion or fire is often difficult and usually required swift action on the part of legal representation to investigate the cause of the explosion or fire. If you experiencing the damage that resulted from a fire, there is every reason to contact skilled legal representation who will make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

The Dangers of the Oil Refinery Industry

Fires and explosions are a consistent element in the oil and gas industry. Fires at oil refineries damage many things including the refinery itself, surrounding property, and the lives of individuals who both work at the plant and are nearby at the time of the explosion. Often times, explosions and fires at oil refineries are caused by safety violations and the negligence of workers at the plant. If you are involved in an explosion or fire at oil refinery, do not hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer who is skilled at dealing with personal injuries that might be incurred at such a location.

Vehicle Accidents

Baytown is linked to Interstate 10 by State Highway 146 and Spur 330. There are also many smaller roads that comprise Baytown.

There were a variety of motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Baytown in 2015. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 there were 78 fatalities due to DUI accidents, 7 fatalities due to work zone motor vehicle collisions, 18 fatalities due to distracted drivers. 34 fatal accidents involving commercial motor vehicles forming 362 total fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. In 2016, there were several accidents in Baytown including:

  • A vehicle that struck a woman who was walking along the highway.
  • A fatality that resulted when a driver struck another vehicle, sending the second vehicle into a concrete barrier.
  • A driver who died when his vehicle struck a commercial motor vehicle.

Pedestrians Involved in Accidents

Pedestrian accidents frequently result from motor vehicle accidents. One of the most common causes of accidents involving pedestrians is distracted driving. Distracted driving occurs when a driver’s attention is taken off the road, which frequently occurs by using a cell phone. The harm that results from a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle is often severe and devastating. An experienced lawyer is essential to investigate the collision and construct a case against a careless driver who caused a pedestrian’s injuries. A pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle crash must establish that at least one of the drivers engaged in the craft acted negligently. To demonstrate that a driver behaved negligently, a driver must demonstrate duty, breach of duty, causation, and that the victim’s damage are due to the defendant’s breach. In some situations, injuries that result from pedestrian accidents are so extensive that the individual is unable to return to work. It is essential that individuals who are involved in a pedestrian accident seek the representation of a skilled and experienced lawyer who will obtain that victim that compensation that is deserved after the accident.

Industrial Accidents

The main elements of Baytown’s economy center are three industrial districts that the city has created which are all outside the city limits but within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The hubs of these communities are ExxonMobil, Bayer, and Chevron Phillips. The Exxon Mobil Baytown Complex is one of the world’s largest industrial complexes. The Cedar Bayou plant is Chevron Phillips Chemical’s largest manufacturing site in the United States. Bayer and Chevron Phillips are chemical corporations while ExxonMobil is an oil and gas corporation. As a result of these centers of corporation, Baytown is driven by a variety of electric corporations, which use forklifts, cranes, and other similar types of equipment to run the operation. When things go wrong at these plants, a variety of accidents can occur including spinal damages, brain injuries, cuts, lacerations, amputations, neck injuries, and a host of other injuries.

Defective or Broken Equipment

Injuries incurred using farm equipment will not be discussed because farming is not a major part of Baytown. Manufactures of electrical, industrial equipment like forklifts, cranes, and other similar types of equipment are held to the same standards for safe design, manufacture, and installation as manufacturers of consumer products in the United States. Employees who use electrical equipment, industrial equipment must be provided for safe use and warnings of potential hazards. If a worker suffers an injury on the job while using electrical, industrial equipment, the worker must have a legitimate claim for compensation from the negligent manufacturer, installer, or property owned tasked with maintaining the equipment. Hand tools for special arts like welding can also result in injuries and the relevant laws for injuries incurred by these types of items is very similar to injuries due to broken equipment.

Medical Malpractice

Harris County Hospital District operates the Baytown Health Center in Baytown. Other close hospitals in the area include Kindred Hospital Baytown, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, and Harris County Hospital District. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can occur at any location and people who are already experiencing a health complication are the target of malpractice. There are also a variety of ways that medical malpractice can occur and leave patients in more compromised situations than before. Diagnostic errors are the single most common type of medical malpractice.

These errors include failing to accurately and promptly diagnose a condition, mistaking the symptoms patient has with another condition, and missing the diagnosis of an illness that afflicts a patient. Some of the most common signs that diagnostic errors have occurred include displaying symptoms that can’t be explained by their diagnoses, receiving a diagnosis with little if any tests being performed, patients who get worse after taking the medication prescribed for treatment, and receiving a different opinion about a condition from another medical professional. Another common type of medical malpractice include surgery errors. These errors arise during surgery and include leaving surgical equipment inside patients after surgery, performing surgery on the wrong part of a patient’s body, or damaging other tissues or organs during the course of surgery. While the fatigue or inexperience of medical professionals often contributes to surgery errors, factors that can increase the risk of medical malpractice include medical professionals granted limited time to consult with patients prior to surgery, failing to thoroughly review a patient’s medical history prior to surgery, failing to meet surgical standards, and failing to keep up to date with patients after surgery to discover whether any complications have arisen. If you are patient who has been injured by medical malpractice, do not hesitate to contact a skilled and experienced lawyer who will ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Toxic Substances

There are a variety of toxic substances that workers in Baytown must be cautious. First off, workers must careful in handling toxic wastes. Companies who follow improper protocol can sometimes be found liable for causing toxic waste injuries that injured Baytown workers.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a material used in several types of materials including insulation and the material has been linked to a latency period followed by many types of diseases including several types of cancer. Found in many factories and common in certain materials used in construction, asbestos is still in use by many individuals today. Asbestos can ruin the lives of individuals who become sick with one of the many diseases caused by the material. Fortunately, asbestos victims are often able to achieve compensation for the diseases caused by authority. If you have been injured due to asbestos exposure at one of the many jobs, job sites, or locations that use asbestos and contracted a disease due to the material, a knowledgeable lawyer can be essential in making sure that you obtain the justification that you deserve.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that arises from asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many internal organs. If you have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, do not hesitate to contact a mesothelioma lawyer who will zealously pursue a successful outcome in your case.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a sweet smelling, clear liquid that is used in a variety of products including detergents. If you have been injured by benzene exposure, do not hesitate to contact a skilled lawyer who will know how to pursue a benzene exposure case.