California is home to 13 oil refineries, operated by BP, Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Valero, Tesoro, Big West of California, and Kern Oil and Refining Company. These refineries are located in:
- Southern California: Carson, El Segundo, Wilmington, Torrance, Wilmington, and Wilmington
- Northern California: Richmond, Martinez, Rodeo, Avon – Martinez and Benecia
- Central California (San Joaquin Valley): Bakersfield
Oil refineries are extremely dangerous industrial workplaces. Strict safety procedures are in place because even minor negligence can cause the release of toxic chemicals, or fires and explosions. Those suffering the most severe injuries, or death, in a refinery explosion are the refinery workers and contractors at the job site, as well as the firefighters called to the scene. In some cases, exposure to toxic chemicals can extend out from the refinery
Explosions occur not only at the oil refinery, but also on California highways when trucks carrying flammable liquid are involved in accidents.
Groundbreaking Refinery Burn Injury Representation
At the burn injury law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco, we represent those injured in refinery explosions caused by negligence. Our clients have suffered severe fire and chemical burns as well as smoke inhalation. We understand the complex medical issues surrounding explosion burn injuries. We work to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to pay medical bills and other expenses.
We also represent family members who have lost a loved one in a refinery explosion or highway accident with a truck carrying gas or oil.
There may be more than one source of financial compensation for your injuries, depending upon how the explosion occurred.
Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources needed to investigate explosion accidents. We understand the technological issues that come into play in industrial settings involving toxic chemicals. We work with experts to determine how the accident occurred and to identify the responsible parties.
Contact An Explosion Burn Injury Attorney
It is important to consult with a burn injury lawyer as soon as possible after an injury so that an investigation can begin immediately. There are statutes of limitation that dictate how long after an injury you must bring a claim. If a deadline is missed, you will not be able to seek compensation.
Contact Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney experienced in oil refinery explosions. Call our firm now at (415) 981-7210. From our San Francisco law office, we represent clients across California.