Williams Explosion Trial - Litigation Update
While our firm continues to prepare for our upcoming Williams explosion trial set to take place in January 2017, the first verdict stemming from the Williams Olefins Geismar plant explosion was just announced on Monday, September 26th.
The jury returned the verdict, about $13.6 Million in total, late in the evening just hours after attorneys for both sides finished delivering their closing arguments.
The amount is split up between 4 Plaintiffs, 2 with severe injuries and 2 with lesser injuries, and includes compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life as well as mental anguish and emotional distress--all for the past and future.
Individual verdict amounts among the 4 Plaintiffs range from about $200k to almost $10 million, dependent upon the severity of the injuries and other damages suffered in the Williams Geismar explosion.
Wiliams Explosion Trial - What did the Jury Charge Say?
According to the Williams explosion trial jury charge, the jury found that the Plaintiffs proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Williams Olefins, LLC and The Williams Companies, Inc., along with Williams Inc.'s employees Larry Bayer and Parker Tucker, were negligent with respect to causing the deadly Geismar Olefins explosion on June 13, 2013.
The jury found that The Williams Companies, Inc., the parent company of Williams Olefins, LLC, knew that the explosion was "substantially certain" to occur but failed to do anything to prevent it.
In fact, the jury allocated 95% of the fault for the Geismar explosion to The Williams Companies, Inc. despite its lawyers' insistence that Williams Olefins, LLC was the entity running the project and that employed both Bayer and Tucker.
Williams Gibson Explosion - Litigation Update
As trial rapidly approaches in the Geismar Olefins cases, litigation is fully underway in the Williams Gibson explosion cases.
Our explosion attorneys have taken the depositions of 4 Williams executives and gone through over 100,000 documents in connection with the Gibson explosion, all of which confirm that Williams violated a number of its own safety and gas handling policies leading up to and on the day of the explosion.
Our findings line up with those of the DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) who recently recommended a $1.6 Million civil penalty for Williams's negligence in the run up to the explosion.
Williams Gibson Gas Plant Explosion: October 8, 2015
On October 8th, just before 11 a.m., 3 workers were killed and at least 2 seriously injured in a devastating explosion at the Williams Partners gas plant in Gibson, Louisiana. Officials confirmed a 4th contractor passed away as a result of his injuries on October 12th.
The Williams explosion lawyers at Zehl & Associates understand the emotions you and your loved ones are experiencing because we currenly represent over 60 workers injured in the Geismar blast that occurred on June 13, 2013, killing 2 and injuring over 100. Our attorneys were able to overcome the worker's compensation defense in order to make sure that our clients are fully compensated for their injuries and damages.
According to a local news report, the contractors were performing scheduled maintenance on the natural gas plant at the time of the blast. The facility was not operational at the time of the incident and no gas was flowing when the incident occurred, according to Williams Partners officials.
As of December 9th, officials still have not publicly identified the cause of the explosion.
A Houma Times article published on November 18th takes a hard look at the problems that occurred in the critical moments following the blast. These problems, which ultimately delayed the rescue of Michael Hill from the explosion site for at least half an hour, stemmed from a conflict between the Louisiana State Police and the firefighters that were onn scene on scene.
We will continue to update this site with more details as they become available.
Zehl & Associates, PC: Experienced Explosion Lawyers
The Louisiana explosion lawyers at Zehl & Associates have successfully represented hundreds of injured workers, as well as the families of those tragically killed, in almost every major workplace explosion that has occurred in the United States in the last decade. In fact, our attorneys have recovered over $750 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients in just the past 7 years.
By representing victims of explosions like the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig blowout, Imperial Sugar refinery blast and the Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana, among others, our law firm has the experience necessary to help you and your family hold even the biggest corporate defendant responsible for the harm it has caused. Call now for a free, consultation by dialing 1-888-603-3636 or by clicking here.
What caused the Williams Gibson Gas Plant Explosion?
While the investigation remains ongoing, an initial assessment by Williams personnel determined that the explosion was not caused by a ruptured pipeline.
The company claims that its top priority is to ensure the safety of its employees and contractors.
As such, it is cooperating with the appropriate regulatory agencies as a thorough investigation is carried out.
Stay tuned to this space for more details as they develop.
If you or a loved one were injured, or worse, in the devastating Williams Gibson plant explosion, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced explosion attorney today to discuss your rights and options by dialing 1-888-603-3636 or by submitting an inquiry through our website.
Our Plant Explosion Lawyers are Working with Experts Across the Country to Determine what Went Wrong
Having represented over 260 workers injured in 4 of the largest refinery explosions in recent history, including over 60 from the Williams Geismar tragedy, our plant explosion lawyers understand that the victims and their families currently have one priority: recovering from their injuries and getting their lives back.
But in addition to the physical injuries and damage, explosions like this one have substantial financial consequences for the workers and their families as well.
To ensure that the workers and their families aren’t left struggling with the physical and financial effects of this tragedy on their own, we’ve put together a team of some of the best accident investigators and product failure experts in the country to determine the cause of the tragicexplosion and if and how it could have been prevented.
We will make the results of our investigation available to the victims and their families as soonas they are available. We have also made our lawyers available to answer any questions from the victims and their loved ones.
Call 1-888-603-3636 or Click Here to email our refinery explosion attorneys. All consultations are completely free, confidential, and require no commitment whatsoever.
Our Plant Explosion Lawyers have Successfully Represented Workers Injured in Connection with 5 of the Largest Workplace Explosions in Recent History
- Over 150 of the workers injured in the BP Texas City Blast on March 23, 2005
- Over 20 of the workers injured in the Imperial Sugar Refinery Explosion in Savannah, Georgia
- 5 of the workers injured in the International Paper Plant explosion in Mississippi
- 5 of the workers injured in the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010
- Over 60 of the workers injured in the Williams Olefins Plant explosion on June 13, 2013
For the past 10 years, our explosion lawyers have been successfully representing clients injured in some of the largest and most well-known workplace accidents to occur in U.S. history.
For example, our plant explosion lawyers represented over 150 of the workers who were injured during the BP Texas City explosion and was among the first law firms in the country to be retained by the workers who were tragically injured while working aboard the BP/Transocean Deepwater Horizon when it exploded on April 20, 2010. Less than 18 months later, our explosion lawyers were able to negotiate a highly favorable and confidential settlement for all of our clients.
We also successfully represented over 20 of the workers who were injured during the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion in Savannah, Georgia and the International Paper Mill explosion in Mississippi. Our explosion lawyers settled each of these cases in under 12 months for highly favorable settlement amounts.
Contact our Experienced Plant Explosion Lawyers at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here
If you or a loved one were injured in the Williams Gibson blast, our Louisiana plant explosion attorneys can help. Consultations are free, completely confidential and require absolutely no commitment.
Our lawyers will gladly answer your questions, update you on the status of our investigation, inform you of your options, and explain what you should and should not do when dealing with Williams or its insurance adjusters.
Just call 1-888-603-3636, fill out the contact or chat form at the top right of this page, or click here to send us an email.
We want you to focus on your future, and not how you’re going to pay for it.
Our firm understands that plant workers depend on their salaries to support themselves and their families. We also understand that your bills don’t stop piling up just because you or a loved one has been seriously injured.
That’s why we not only ensure that our clients receive the maximum recovery possible, but we also do everything possible to ensure that they are receiving the best medical treatment available and that their jobs are protected while we are working to hold the company accountable for our clients' injuries and damages.
If you have any Questions about the Explosion, Your Rights, or the Investigation, Contact one of our Experienced Plant Explosion Lawyers at 1-888-603-3636.
We will answer your questions, explain your rights, and review any documents that you have been asked to sign. And if you would prefer to meet in person, we will fly one of our lawyers to you at no cost to you.
Whether you call us or another law firm, it is important that you consult with an experienced explosion lawyer to learn your rights before signing any documents that could limit your ability to recover compensation for your damages.
Just call 1-888-603-3636, fill out our contact form at the top right of this page, or click on the chat button to be immediately connected with one of our lawyers.