8/13/2016 Report – 7 victims involved in a flash fire at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Port Arthur (Nederland Terminal) were transported to local hospitals for burn treatment. Four individuals were critically injured. If you or someone you know was involved in the explosion, contact us today.
Personal Injury in Port Arthur
Wrongful Death in Port Arthur – when a family member or next of kin is killed in accident, negligent act, or similar circumstance, they can be the victims of a legal term called wrongful death. Family members are allowed legal recourse in order to hold the guilty parties responsible.
Work Injuries and Accidents – An employee on the job, whether full or part time, is required by law to have a safe workplace in which to function in. This includes one with working smoke detectors, properly installed staircases and walkways, and other common and even uncommon hazards.
Serious Injury Causes – Port Arthur is home to many business including those comprising the Golden Triangle, a major industrial area on the Gulf Coast, as well as many refineries, manufacturing companies, and industrial work. As such, some of the leading causes of serious injuries in the city include refinery fires and explosions, as well as collapsing structures – all of which should be prevented by the employer.
Vehicle Accidents – Vehicle accidents are also a leading cause of personal injury and fatalities in Port Arthur. This includes motor vehicles being driven for recreational and commute purposes, as well as commercial vehicles being driven as part of a job. These types of vehicle accidents are usually the result of distracted driving, intoxicated driving, unsafe vehicle, and similar.
Port Arthur Vehicle Accidents
One of the most dangerous roads in Port Arthur is Highway 69, and it is even where the most fatal vehicle accidents occurred. According to City Data, there were 10 fatal vehicle accidents in Port Arthur in 2014, the latest year data is available.
Truck and 18 Wheelers – With so many industrial and port businesses in Port Arthur, many 18 wheeler trucks navigate the streets of the city both day and night, which can make the average car crash far more serious when it involves a large truck. Earlier this year, a Port Arthur man was killed when the car he was in was struck by a UPS truck.
Car accidents are the most common in Port Arthur and can occur for many reasons. One of the most recent was the lack of a concrete barrier on Cardinal Drive which was responsible for at least 12 accidents, including a fatal one. Another fatal accident occurred on the feeder of Highway 69 when a woman leaving a fast food restaurant hit two teens on a motorcycle and left the scene.
Motorcycle – Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to vehicle accidents given that they are often thrown from their vehicle and have no exterior to protect them in a collision. Just earlier this year, a motorcyclist was killed when he collided with the back of a flatbed truck on the 2200 block of West Seventh Street.
Work Accidents in Port Arthur
Types of Industry – Port Arthur is home to many petrochemical industrial business, which can be dangerous when considering all the heavy equipment and flammable substances used. Other common industries include offshore, construction, manufacturing, refinery, and others.
Types of Machinery – The types of machinery used in these industries must be maintained, used correctly, and have all employees up to date on the latest practices for safety. This includes the operation of equipment such as cranes, boilers, oil rigs, as well as any and all moving vehicles. Failure to do so can result in accidents which the employer and/or a third party can be held responsible for.
Names of Industrial Companies – Some of the most prominent employers in Port Arthur include:
- Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services, LLC
- Total Petrochemical
- Kinder Morgan
- Motiva Enterprises
- Shell Global
Common Types of Injuries – Common injuries workers suffer in Port Arthur when working for these and other businesses in the area include burns, broken limbs, back and neck injuries, exposure to toxic substances, and wrongful death.
Port Arthur Defective or Broken Equipment
Appliances – Employees in Port Arthur use appliances in just about every business, including everything from the office coffee maker to industrial sized ovens. By law, these appliances must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis in order to prevent injuries.
Electric Equipment – Much of the heavy equipment used in industry can be electrically powered. This use of electricity can put a strain on the equipment, the circuits connecting it, and the breaker box or boxes to which it is connected. It is essential that these systems are inspected and repaired regularly to ensure they work properly, especially after an electrical storm where surges may have damaged it.
Farm Equipment – Farm equipment must also be maintained and employees should be trained properly on how to use it. Recently, a farmer was killed on Highway 73 on a tractor when a pickup truck failed to control its speed and collided with it.
Hand Tools – Much like heavy equipment, hand tools can also cause serious injury. This includes tools used for welding, hammering, drilling, etc. Tools are required to be maintained or replaced as needed by management for workers’ safety.
This is the term used for negligence or improper care given to a patient that results in an injury or wrongful death. One of the places medical malpractice, medical errors, and other similar practices occurs is in a hospital.
Names of Port Arthur Area Hospitals
- Christus Hospital
- Dubuis Hospital of Port Arthur
- The Medical Center of Southeast Texas
- Bishop Byrne Regional Wellness Center
- Cancer Center of Southeast Texas
- Golden Triangle Radiation Pavilion
- Permian Premier Surgical Associates
Toxic Waste from Facilities – Just recently a documentary was created on the dangers of toxic waste from facilities in Port Arthur, especially petrochemical plants. In it, the film describes a smell of rotting eggs, aggressive security guards, and clouds of smog that blanked the town and endangered its residents. Anyone who was harmed or struck ill by these substances has legal recourse to file a claim against the offending plant.
Asbestos Exposure – According to the Environmental Working Group, asbestos exposure mortality rates in Port Arthur far exceed the national average. In Jefferson County, 14.8 people per 100,000 die from asbestos, compared to the national average of 4.9 per 100,000.
Mesothelioma – This disease is one of the leading causes of death in asbestos exposure. When someone contracts it, it is essential they immediately seek the counsel of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer.