A gas leak was reported at the Marathon Refinery located on the 2100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. The leak was reported at about 6:39 a.m. According to reports, Butane and Hydrogen Sulfide were leaking from the pipes at the refinery. At least four people were exposed to the gases and had to be transported to local hospitals. The leak was allegedly shut down by approximately 7:15 a.m., according to officials.
The victims are 26-, 35-, and 43-year-old men in moderate condition. Another victim, a 40-year-old man, is in serious condition. One of the victims had to be rescued from an elevated area via a stretcher and lowered to the floor level.
Without a doubt, this was a dangerous situation for all parties involved. However, it is a risk that comes with working in refineries. Unfortunately, refineries that are in disrepair, a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE), and even a lack of training can increase the risk of workers suffering harm due to gas leaks at refineries and similar workplaces.
If you or a loved one were harmed in the incident mentioned above or a similar incident, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information abut the legal options available to you and your family, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to begin or continue your claim and fight for your rights. Our team has decades of experience and is ready to help you win your claim – contact us today!
The Dangers Associated with Exposure to Butane and Hydrogen Sulfide
Without a doubt, exposure to Butane and Hydrogen Sulfide can have devasting consequences. Below, we will go through some of the dangers associated with these substances.
Butane is a colorless gas that is used in many industries, including in aerosol propellants, in the rubber/plastic industries, in making chemicals for solvents, and fuel sources. It has an odor of natural gas.
Exposure to butane is known to cause some of the following symptoms:
- Lack of consciousness due to lack of Oxygen
Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that has a strong odor of rotten eggs. It is used in many industries, including in the production of textiles, petroleum and natural gas, and wastewater treatment, for example.
Exposure to hydrogen sulfide is known to cause some of the following symptoms:
- Irritation to the eyes and the respiratory system
- Upset stomach
If you or a loved one were exposed to butane or hydrogen sulfide, or both, and suffered any of the symptoms listed above, you could have the right to file an injury claim. For more information about the legal options available to you, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
Can I Sue for Exposure to Hazardous Gases at Work?
Yes – you could have the right to file a lawsuit. Whether the exposure to the gases occurred due to a state of disrepair in the workplace, a lack of PPE, or even a lack of appropriate training, you could have the right to sue the employer for the workplace injury. In some cases, you could also be eligible to file a workers compensation claim. For more information about the legal options available to you and to ensure that you have the guidance that you need, contact us today.
Average Value of Exposure to Hazardous Gases Case
In general, these cases can be worth anywhere from $150,000 to $750,000 – and sometimes even more depending on the details surrounding the case. These details can include the severity of the harm suffered, whether the harm was permanent, the medical costs incurred due to the harm, how long the victim was unable to work, and even the victim’s wage history, for instance. For more information about the possible value of your claim, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Case?
This is a very common question. Here at our law firm, we understand that it can be very frustrating to even start thinking about having to wait for a case to settle. In fact, many people choose not to file claims because they do not want to be stuck waiting for years on end before their case is resolved.
So, how long will it take to reach a settlement for your case? Here at our law firm, we are committed to getting our clients a settlement in under two years. Typically, we can settle most claims in six to eight months – with the more complex claims taking longer to settle. Here at our law firm, our team is committed to keeping you informed every step of the way to ensure that you are never left unsure of what is going on with your case or left wondering how much longer you will need to wait.
For more information about the total length of time that it could take to settle your case, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
The Downtown L.A. Law Group is Ready to Help – Contact Us Today
If you are interested in exploring the legal options available to you after you or a member of your family were harmed after being exposed to butane and/or hydrogen sulfide, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our legal team has decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including injury claims stemming from exposure to toxic substances, including gases like butane and hydrogen sulfide. If you are looking for legal help, contact us today.
We offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our legal team will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Si usted o un familiar sufrió lesiones después de ser expuesto a gases en su trabajo, puede que tenga el derecho a demandar. Para más información sobre sus derechos legales, le recomendamos que nos llame en cuanto le sea posible. Nuestros abogados están mas que listos para ayudarle con su caso y pelear por su derecho a una recompensa justa. ¡Llámenos en cuanto le sea posible!
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