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Workers Burned in Flash Fire

On February 29, 2012 three workers were trying to remove a valve from an out-of-use pipeline in Ector County Texas when a flash fire occurred. The three men were severely burned in the fire and were transported to Medical Center Hospital in Dallas Texas to be treated. One man was burned on over half of his body and was later sent to Lubbock to be treated for his critical injuries. The second man was burned on his left arm and the left side of his neck, and the third sustained burns to both of his arms. The men were contractors for Plains All-American Pipeline, and were working on a small crude-oil gathering station that was decommissioned in 2010. What caused the flash fire is unknown, although they were working on an oil station, it had been decommissioned about two years prior and the oil tank had been removed.

This is a case of personal injury sustained due to the negligence of another. Although it is unclear as to whom or what caused the fire, there are numerous safety laws that must be adhered to especially when shutting down an oil facility in order to prevent accidents like these. Whether the negligence be on the part of the employer of these three contractors, or on those who shut down and decommissioned the oil facility, these men are still seriously injured, one of them critically.

Burns can be very serious injuries; they range from first degree to fourth degree, each with its own appearance, sensation or pain level, treatment needs, and time for healing. A first degree burn only affects the outer layer of skin called the epidermis, appears red, has a painful sensation, requires burn cream or aloe Vera gel, and usually takes less than one week to heal. At the other end of the spectrum there are fourth degree burns. These burns extend all the way through the skin, and into the underlying muscle and bone. A fourth degree burn gives off black, charred appearance and has a dry texture; these burns are painless and require excision or amputation.

Burn injuries can be very dangerous; if severe they can be life altering due to the need for amputation. No one deserves to have their entire life affected and changed due to the avoidable negligence of another individual. If you or a loved one have sustained a burn injury due to the negligence of another in a car wreck, at work, or on someone else's property, you have the right to pursue a claim to obtain monetary compensation for the damages you have incurred. At Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP we employ skilled and experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys who understand the difficulties that this kind of case can bring. We have experienced multiple cases where there has been a victim of a horrific accident due to the negligence of another. We have had numerous successes in these sorts of cases against those who have negligently caused injuries to other individuals. Contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case.


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