Louisiana Workplace Accident Attorney: Williams Co. Plant Explosion Victims Should Be Aware of Their Legal Rights

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An explosion in a Baton Rouge chemical plant has killed at least one and injured many others. Louisiana workplace injury lawyer Ben Bronston said the victims should be aware of their legal rights for recovery.

This morning, June 13, there was a large explosion and fire at a Williams Company chemical plant about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (KJRH, "1 dead, dozens injuried in explosion at Louisiana Williams Companies chemical plant" June 13, 2013). According to the report, at least one person died and more than 70 others have been hospitalized. The plant produces ethylene and propylene, both highly flammable gasses which are basic components in the petrochemical industry.

Southern Louisiana is home to a large share of the country's petrochemical facilities and has seen at least two other blasts in the past two years.

Pressure on the industry to improve safety has increased since a blast at the Texas City refinery killed 15 people in 2005, among the worst such industrial accidents in decades, said Houston workplace injury attorney Ben Bronston.

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that killed 14 people in April has also focused attention on the proper storage and handling of volatile chemicals, Bronston added.

In situations, such as this, it is important for the injured, especially workers at the plant, to be aware of their legal rights, Bronston said. Very often when industrial accidents occur, a company will immediately attempt to minimize its potential legal liability by trying to get injured employees to waive their right to take legal action, he continued.

The period immediately after an accident is when workers are most vulnerable to these types of outside influences since they may still be in shock and unable to fully comprehend the extent of their injuries or the magnitude of the situation, Bronston said. Industrial workers need to know that they have the right to consult with their own attorney before speaking with their company or its legal team, Bronston said. Having an attorney on their side is the best way for injured workers to protect their right to restitution for their injuries, he said, An attorney will be able to advise the injured employee on any communications with their employer as well as what legal actions should be taken to obtain the money they deserve, Bronston said.

Anyone injured in the Williams Company explosion or any other industrial accident may seek the assistance of the Louisiana workplace accident attorneys at Ben Bronston & Associates, Bronston said. The attorneys are experienced in getting those injured in workplace and industrial accidents the justice they deserve, he added. The attorneys at Ben Bronston & Associates are licensed in both Louisiana and Texas and the firm has offices in both New Orleans and Houston. Ben Bronston is a Louisiana native, and his over 20 years of practice in both states has given him the knowledge and experience necessary to help those injured in workplace accidents such as the Williams Company blast navigate the Louisiana legal system, Bronston said. He provides legal assistance to clients in both English and Spanish and has successfully litigated matters in numerous courts across Louisiana, including the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

Anyone affected by the June 13, 2013 explosion at the Williams Company plant who has questions about their legal rights may contact the lawyers of Ben Bronston & Associates at their New Orleans office (1-504-779-0771) or by dialing 1-800-617-4BEN (1-800-617-4236), or they may email their attorneys or case managers at info@bronstonlegal.com.

The lawyers of Ben Bronston & Associates are ready, willing and able to help, Bronston said.

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