New York Personal Injury Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion and Likely Costs

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm urges prioritization of employee and public safety following a Texas fertilizer explosion that killed at least 14 people and injured over 100 others. Costs resulting from the explosion could be huge.

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A comprehensive risk management plan could have decreased the number of deaths and injuries.

A West, Texas, fertilizer plant erupted in flames and exploded, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least 14, reported the Boston Herald (4.20.13). The explosion leveled four blocks of homes around the factory, including a nursing home. Dismayingly, the Texas industrial disaster was a large-scale tragedy that possibly could have been prevented, New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman said.

There were no sprinklers, firewalls or water deluge systems at the plant at the time of the accident and safety inspections were rare, said the Boston Herald.

“Companies must put the health and safety of employees and the public above profits,” said Perecman. “Now costs resulting from the explosion are likely to be huge.”

The company had submitted a risk management plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that said there was “no risk of fire or explosion” even in a worst-case scenario, the Boston Herald reported.

Small fertilizer plants nationwide are part of a regulatory system that focuses on large installations and industries, said the Boston Herald. This is despite the fact that a significant number of the small plants contain enough agricultural chemicals to fuel a large explosion.

“A comprehensive risk management plan could have decreased the number of deaths and injuries,” said Perecman.

The plant in West had ammonium nitrate, an "extremely hazardous substance” and the explosive used in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, said the Boson Herald. It was also authorized to handle anhydrous ammonia, a flammable and potentially toxic substance.

It's still not clear what triggered the fire or explosion, reported the Boston Herald.

“Safety should – and must be – the utmost consideration of every employer,” said Perecman. “In any industry, there is the cost of doing business. But the lives of people are priceless.”

For more than 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases, including personal injury accidents in the workplace. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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