Texas Explosion Injury Attorney Serving the Greater Houston Area

Tragically, explosion injuries have become much more common in modern times. The mortality rates and rates of catastrophic injuries from explosions are high. In cases where individuals or institutions can be held responsible for explosions, whether premeditated or caused by negligence, victims require the services of an excellent personal injury attorney.

At Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, we are knowledgeable and highly skilled, ready to fight vigorously so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. Not only do we have access to medical experts in all specialties, but we are adept at accurately calculating your present and future losses in terms of disability and lack of income.

Types of Explosions

There are four general types of explosions: mechanical, chemical, electrical and nuclear, and explosives are designated as high-order explosives (HE) or low-order explosives (LE). The injuries are worse when explosions occur within a confined space where the mortality rate is 49 percent; open air explosions have a mortality rate of 8 percent.

The damage caused by explosions varies according to the type of fire, local meteorological conditions (e.g. wind), size of the explosion, and materials adjacent to, and affected by, the explosion.

Where Explosions Occur

While an explosion can be an unpreventable accident, in many cases liability is involved. Explosions can occur in the home or on the job at:

  • Construction sites
  • Government facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Chemical plants
  • Factories
  • Businesses or schools
  • Mines and refineries
  • Oil and gas extractions sites

Our firm's largest case was the famous Brenham, Texas propane explosion of 1992 in which we successfully represented the majority of the claimants who took their cases to court. The trial made national headlines and our clients eventually won undisclosed amounts in the many millions of dollars. 

In some cases, someone, or some organization is, directly or indirectly, responsible for the explosion. If equipment has been inadequately maintained or workers have not been properly trained or protected, or if someone has, through malice or neglect, caused the explosion, blame can be assigned and restitution must be made. Most often, our team of attorneys is able to negotiate a settlement with the parties responsible, but, if litigation is necessary, Chandler, Mathis & Zivley is well-prepared to fight for you aggressively in a court of law.

Injuries Caused by Explosions

Survivors of explosions experience severe injuries to the skin and possibly to the lungs, ears, bowel or brain. In many cases, survivors of explosions have to undergo skin grafts and/or amputations. Frequently, victims who have survived explosions require long hospitalizations, nursing care, and extensive rehabilitation, all of which, even with insurance, can be extremely costly. Because of the severity of explosion injuries, surgeries, sometimes repeated surgeries, are necessary, and resulting disability may be permanent.

The expense of care is, of course, accompanied by tremendous pain and suffering, and is most often accompanied by loss of income. This is why, if you have suffered an injury in an explosion, having a savvy and talented attorney at your side is extremely important. You deserve the highest compensation possible and Chandler, Mathis & Zivley will see that you get it.

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has offices located in Houston and Lufkin Texas and serves clients throughout East Texas as well as many other states.
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