A Louisiana court just awarded $13.6 million in settlements to four workers who were injured in an oil explosion at their workplace. According to the ruling, the company was guilty of negligence. Management was reportedly aware of dangers to employees, but still failed to fix the issues.
For much of the case, the parent company tried to limit the issue to its subsidiary, but the jury decided that since management had knowledge of the issue, the entire business was guilty of wrongdoing in the incident. The court found the parent company to be 95 percent responsible for the accident. The remaining blame was attributed two different supervisors at the worksite.
The men were awarded damages for ongoing medical expenses, lost pay, pain and suffering and mental anguish. This is a huge victory for the workers, who filed claims for their injuries back in 2013.
The company is appealing their case to 18th District Court in the hopes of getting a different result there.
Have You Been Injured in an Oil Explosion?
The oil business can be a dangerous line of work. The last thing a worker needs is a company that isn’t doing its fair part to keep them safe from oil industry accidents. If you have been hurt on the job, an experienced oil accident attorney can help you get the funds you need to get treatment and stay on your feet.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a firm of Louisiana personal injury attorneys with experience serving victims of workplace accidents and other injuries. As a former oil worker, Rusty Galloway knows the unique challenges of your line of work. We are here to fight for you.