Accidents can occur at any workplace, though some professions carry more risk than others. When a fatal accident or serious injury does occur, family members are left with tremendous feelings of fear, loss and, in many cases, financial challenges due to medical bills and funeral expenses. A family facing such an ordeal is able to seek compensation through a workers' compensation claim or, if a third party is responsible, through a claim for wrongful death.
Houston readers may have heard about a recent explosion at a facility that killed one worker and left a second worker seriously injured. The accident occurred on the morning of Feb. 9 at the Air Liquide Plant in La Porte. The plant mixes gases and chemicals for commercial use. Authorities believe the fire started in the area of the plant where the mixing takes place.
As a precaution, shelter-in-place orders were issued for the plant's surrounding area but were lifted several hours later. Authorities do not believe any harmful gases were released into the atmosphere and believe there is no immediate threat to the plant's surrounding communities.
The man who was killed was 30 and the father of three young children. The injured man received burns over more than 75 percent of his body and has two daughters, according to a statement from his family. He is listed in serious but stable condition.
Both families involved in this accident face years of recovery: physically, emotionally and financially. Although monetary compensation will not undo the tragic event or replace the loss of companionship, financial compensation can ease pain and suffering, helping both families attempt to move forward.
Source: ABC 13, "One killed, one injured in explosion at Air Liquide facility in La Porte," Feb. 10, 2013