Chemical plants and refineries are inherently dangerous places to work; they are also dangerous to live around. The Texas and Louisiana gulf coasts are home to more coastal refineries and chemical processing plants than any other place in the United States. More than 100,000 workers are employed at these refineries and plants and most live nearby. People in Deer Park, Texas City, Pasadena, Baytown, Beaumont, Galveston, and Houston are all within the range of wind-borne chemical exposures from refineries and chemical plants. The Gulf coast of Texas has seen major releases of benzene, ethylene, methanol, propylene and N-hexane in the past ten years; more than 57 million pounds of chemicals were released into Texas air in 2015 alone.
Not all of the chemicals released have the potential to hurt people and not all of the chemicals released that have the potential to hurt people actually do. And, because a lot of chemicals cause damage that is not detectable for years after (like cancer), it is sometimes very difficult to link a particular chemical exposure to a disease or injury. You need the best chemical exposure lawyer around to represent you if you believe you have been injured by a toxic chemical released from a plant or industrial process.
The Merman Law Firm has represented hundreds of people injured in toxic exposure and other industrial accidents. Mr. Merman is knowledgeable on chemical processes, OSHA regulations, worker safety and corporate decisions to put profits over people. If you or a loved one has been injured in a toxic chemical release, call the experienced plant explosion lawyers at the Merman Law Firm for a free consultation.