Deadly Refinery Explosion Kills Worker: Work Related Wrongful Death Case
It is reported that 5 out of 100 employees get injured due to work related hazards. In average, about 18 people die every day due to work related injuries, amounting to 6,000 employees every year. Working is a necessity for many Americans, and our attorneys at The Pittman Firm believe in protecting workers and advocating for people injured on the job.
Worker Killed In Refinery Explosion at Chevron Refinery
CBS News reports that Jackson County emergency officials are investigating the cause of an explosion followed by several smaller fires that occurred at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery in Mississippi. One Chevron employee was killed in the explosion. This is not the first incident at Chevron this week. Earlier this week, a drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas that led to an explosion and evacuation of the nearby town. Fortunately, no one was injured. At the Refinery, numerous witnesses reported a detonation led to fire in the "cracking areas" of the refinery. Within the cracking area of the refinery are hot stoves and furnaces used in the initial steps of breaking down crude oil so that it can become gasoline or coke.
Wrongful Death Suits
Wrongful death suits in Florida are governed by the Florida Wrongful Death Act.
The Act allows survivors of the decedent, including spouses, children, and parents, to recover from the wrongdoer. The statutes states a plaintiff has a right of action when the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, and the event would have entitled the person to maintain an action and recover damages if death had not ensued. As specified in the Act, the person who would have been liable of the damages if death had not ensued shall be liable.
Occupational Safety & Hazard Administration (OSHA) Region IV Statistics
OSHA reports that 1,091 workers were killed in on-the-job related incidents between October 2012 and August 2013. OSHA reports that 186 of these fatalities occurred within Region IV, covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Region IV has the third highest number of fatalities out of the 10 total regions. .
Workplace Injuries and Deaths: Available Recourse
As stated in a previous blog, damages in a wrongful death case in Florida is governed by Florida Statute Section 768.21, where a loved one may be able to collect loss of support and services, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
There has been a tragic upswing in the number of wrongful death during the last decade. It vital for family to obtain experienced legal counsel to represent them in these tragic cases that can be time sensitive and complicated.
If you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to relief. Our personal injury attorneys at The Pittman Firm, P.A. will evaluate your case and help you determine whether you have a civil injury claim. Call our office to arrange a free consultation.