Paradis Pipeline Explosion Kills 1 Worker, Injures 2

A pipeline explosion at the Phillips 66 station in Paradis on Thursday, February 9th, left two workers injured, one of them critically, and another missing. That missing worker, named by the company as Josh Helms, remains missing days after the fire and is presumed to have been tragically killed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased and those who were injured.

While the company's investigation remains ongoing, our Pipeline Explosion Lawyers and experts are conducing an independent investigation to determine why the pipeline wasn't properly purged and "locked out/tagged out" before any maintenance work was performed on the pipeline.  

Injured in the Paradis Pipeline Explosion? Contact our Undefeated Pipeline Explosion Lawyers for a Free Consultation by Calling 1-888-603-3636 or by clicking here.  

In addition to being undefeated, our Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers have won over $750 Million and represented workers injured or killed in connection with every major plant and pipeline explosion in Louisiana in the past 5 years.

For example, our lawyers are currently representing over 65 of the workers injured in the Williams Geismar explosion and 3 of the 4 workers who were tragically killed in the October 2015 Williams Gibson pipeline explosion.  

We have also successfully represented workers in connection with every almost every major workplace accident in the past decade, including the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, the BP Texas City explosion, the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion, and the International Paper mill explosion.

In fact, because of our experience and success representing workers injured in major plant and pipeline explosions, the media regularly turns to our Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers for insight into the causes and what should have been done to prevent them.  

Ryan Zehl's Recent Interview with Houma Times regarding the Paradis Pipeline Explosion

Click here to read Ryan Zehl's recent interview with the Houma Times regarding the Paradis Pipeline Explosion.

Important Information Following a Plant or Pipeline Explosion

When the company or its insurance adjusters (or claims reps) visit you in the hospital, they'll assure you that they’re going to take care of you and your family and that you have nothing to worry about.  But while you’re in the hospital recovering, the company and its lawyers will do whatever possible to prevent you from being able to recover your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages, like pain and suffering and physical disfigurement, from the company through a lawsuit.

Unless you have an experienced lawyer to fight back, the company’s lawyers WILL limit your damages to your weekly comp benefits (which typically range from $200 to $500).  These trivial payments last until the company sends you in to see the company’s doctors, who will discount your injuries and claim that you’re able to return to work before you’re fully recovered.  The reason the company doctors do this is because, under workers comp laws, the company is only responsible for paying you benefits until one of the company’s doctors state that you’ve reached “Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).” Once you’re at MMI, the company has no further obligation to pay you benefits, cover your medical costs, or otherwise compensate you for your injuries. 

This is what Williams tried to do with every one of our 65 clients after the Geismar explosion.  We successfully defeated their attempts, however, including their appeals to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which has enabled our Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers to reach settlements with Williams that ensure that our clients will have the financial resources to care for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.  

Call 1-888-603-3636 or Click Here for a Free Consultation with our Undefeated Louisiana Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers

Our lawyers will devote whatever time and resources are necessary to ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum compensation possible and the best medical care available.  And because we work exclusively on a contingency fee, you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.  

Williams Geismar Explosion Update

Zehl & Associates Reaches Highly Favorable Settlement on Behalf of Workers Injured in Geismar Explosion 

We're proud to announce that on January 17, 2017, our Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers reached a highly favorable settlement with Williams on behalf of our clients who were injured in the June 2013 Geismar explosion.

While the terms and amount of the settlement must remain confidential, it will provide our clients with the financial resources to care for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.

The settlement was reached on the first day of trial, after we selected the jury.

Our next trial in connection with the Geismar explosion is scheduled for April 17, 2017.

Williams Gibson Explosion Update

While our lawyers prepare for our second trial against Williams in connection with the Geismar explosion, litigation is fully underway in the Williams Gibson explosion cases. 

Our lawyers have already taken numerous depositions of Williams employees, retained some of the best pipeline and safety experts in the country, and have gone through over 100,000 internal documents that were produced to us by Williams in discovery.

We expect these cases to proceed to trial in early 2018.

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: Undefeated Plant and Pipeline 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 addition to remaining undefeated, our attorneys have recovered over $750 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients in just the past 5 years alone.

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.

Our Plant & Pipeline Explosion Lawyers are Focused on Ensuring that our Clients Receive the Maximum Compensation in the Shortest Time Possible   

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 do whatever possible to provide our clients with access to the best doctors and medical providers in the country and assist with daily living expenses while their cases are pending.

Call 1-888-603-3636 or Click Here for a Free Consultation with our Undefeated Plant and Pipeline Explosion Lawyers.  All consultations are completely free, confidential, and require no commitment whatsoever.

Our Plant Explosion Lawyers have Successfully Represented Workers Injured in Connection with 6 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
  • 3 of the 4 workers who were tragically killed in the October 2015 Williams Gibson explosion

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 Undefeated Plant & Pipeline Explosion Lawyers at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here

If you or a loved one were injured in a plant or pipeline explosion, contact our Experienced Explosion Lawyers for a Free Consultation at 1-888-603-3636.  All Consultations are completely confidential and there's no committment involved. 

Our lawyers will gladly answer your questions, inform you of your options, and explain what you should and should not do when dealing with your company and 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 your Rights and Options Following a Plant or Pipeline Explosion, Contact our Experienced 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.


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