At approximately 4:30 A.M. on Friday, June 21, a massive explosion tore through the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia, creating a blast whose powerful shockwaves could be felt as far away as New Jersey. Though no injuries or fatalities have been reported as of Friday afternoon, the explosion – which is the second accident to occur at the plant in a matter of weeks – highlights the dangers of working at, or living near, an active oil refinery. If you were injured in an oil refinery accident in Philadelphia, or if you became ill following exposure to toxic chemicals or pollution, the South Philly personal injury lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm are here to help you fight for justice.
At the Reiff Law Firm, we are award-winning attorneys with more than 34 years of experience fighting for accident survivors and wrongful death victims in the Philadelphia region. Having successfully obtained numerous multimillion-dollar awards and case outcomes for our clients, our track record speaks for itself. With our around-the-clock work ethic, our fearless approach to litigation, and our comprehensive familiarity with oil industry regulations, we are a powerful and committed voice for the victims of negligence. Contact us online right away to set up a free legal consultation, or call the Reiff Law Firm 24 hours a day at (215) 246-9000.
What Caused the Explosion at the South Philadelphia Refinery?
The explosion that occurred on June 21 was reportedly triggered when something ignited a vat of butane, a flammable gas that reacts violently with oxygen. The initial explosion sparked a chain reaction, causing two more explosions to erupt in rapid succession.
The source of ignition – and the underlying causes of the accident – are currently under investigation by a four-person unit from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), which describes itself as “an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.” The CSB announced its plan to send four investigators to Philadelphia in a brief press release available on the agency’s website.
Can You Sue if You Are Injured in an Oil Refinery Fire or Accident?
Industrial accidents are extremely complex and often involve numerous components, meaning multiple parties may share partial fault for your injuries. If the accident and resulting harm was caused by negligence, or the careless failure to meet reasonable safety standards, then the negligent parties may be liable for your losses and expenses. You may be able to recover financial compensation for:
- Your medical expenses and anticipated medical care, such as surgery, hospitalization, medication, and prosthetic limbs or devices
- The income and earnings that you have lost due to being out of work from your injuries
- The income that you are expected to lose in the future due to long-term or permanent impairment or disability
- The pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of your injuries
- Mental anguish and emotional distress inflicted by the accident
- In cases involving wrongful death, compensation for the victim’s funeral and burial expenses
At the Reiff Law Firm, we will never rush your case or pressure you to settle for less than what we believe your claim is worth. Unafraid to litigate aggressively, we will do everything in our power to maximize your recovery, working tirelessly and strategically to demonstrate the underlying causes and full impacts of your injuries.
Oil Refinery Accident Injury Claims We Handle
When an oil refinery explodes or catches fire, the resulting accidents can be devastating, producing catastrophic or even fatal injuries on a large scale. Though the June 21 explosion in South Philadelphia has not resulted in any known injuries or deaths as of this time, similar accidents at other refineries have had tragic outcomes.
If you or a loved one was injured in an oil refinery fire or other type of industrial accident, it is important to receive the highest quality medical care available. At the Reiff Law Firm, we understand how serious injuries can have long-term or permanent effects, and will fight vigorously to ensure that the severity of your injuries is not undermined by an insurance company. Types of injury claims and lawsuits we handle include, but are not limited to, those arising from:
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures (broken bones)
- Bruising and contusions
- Burn injuries
- Chemical burns
- Chemical and toxic exposure
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Facial and head injuries
- Hearing loss caused by explosions
- Internal injuries
- Joint injuries
- Loss of fingers, toes, or limbs (amputation)
- Permanent impairment or disability
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
South Philadelphia Oil Refinery Explosion Injury Lawyer
Negligent energy companies should be held accountable when accidents injure their workers or members of the general public. If you or one of your family members was hurt in an oil refinery explosion or fire, the Reiff Law Firm is here to fight for you. To arrange a free consultation, contact us online, or call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 to speak with an oil refinery accident lawyer in South Philadelphia today.