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A chemical leak at the LyondellBasell Industries plant in La Porte, Texas killed two employees and injured 30 others when roughly 100,000 pounds of a mixture that included acetic acid was released at the facility’s acetyls unit. Employees and their families may be able to pursue money through a LyondellBasell lawsuit. These lawsuits can help cover the costs of medical bills (past, present and future), as well as lost wages and much more. Our chemical exposure attorneys are available to take your call 24/7.
What is the cause of the LyondellBasell chemical leak?
According to reports, details have emerged in the wake of the deadly blast that indicates a cap burst on a pressurized line of acetic acid. As a result, about 100,000 pounds of a chemical mixture that was primarily acetic acid was released.
In an initial report to the state, LyondellBasell said it believes “valve isolation measures conducted during preparation for maintenance may have led to a release from an acetic acid reactor.”
How did the LyondellBasell chemical leak injure workers?
Exposure to the types of chemicals stored at the LyondellBasell facility are extremely toxic to humans. There were several hospitalizations for the following injuries:
- Injuries to the neck, back and knees
- Respiratory complications
- Severe and ongoing nose bleeds
Long-term, many of the workers will continue to suffer from the stress associated with their injuries and the trauma of losing coworkers.
Can I file a lawsuit against LyondellBasell?
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in the chemical leak at LyondellBasell’s plant in La Porte, Texas, you may be able to pursue a legal claim against the company. The company’s negligent storage of highly unstable chemicals created the conditions that led to your injuries.
Why should I pursue a claim against LyondellBasell?
LyondellBasell was grossly negligent meaning that you may have a path to financial recovery to assist with the injuries you got as a result of the company’s behavior.
Further, LyondellBasell’s plant in La Porte, Texas had a history of violations. According to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency’s records, the plant had “high priority” violations of the Clean Air Act every quarter for the past three years. In fact, just last year regulators also found a violation of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act.
Unfortunately, companies that continue to flout the rules in such a manner often don’t take it seriously when their negligence hurts or kills their employees. By pursuing a LyondellBasell lawsuit, you can hold the company accountable in a way that affects its bottom dollar and may ultimately change its behavior.
We care. We can help.
Often, filing a lawsuit is the last thing on your mind at a time like this. However, a LyondellBasell lawsuit is important to get the answers you deserve. By filing a claim against the company, it will allow your attorneys to continue to investigate the matter. Contact a LynondellBasell lawsuit lawyer at 800-359-5690.
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