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First Lawsuits Filed Over Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

April 25, 2013 – Barely a week after a massive explosion rocked the tiny farming community of West, Texas, the first lawsuits were filed against the owner of the company at the center of the tragedy. The blast, which occurred last Wednesday at the West Fertilizer Co., killed at least 14 people and demolished dozens of homes, a school, and a large apartment complex. The new lawsuits, which many feel are just the first of many such claims, were filed on behalf of a single mother and several insurance companies.

West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Update 5/7/13: Investigators have confirmed that a massive store of ammonium nitrate caused last month’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas. However, the ignition source of the blast continues to remain a mystery. Click here to learn more.

Free West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Our law firm has already been contacted by residents of West, Texas, and are now currently representing a number of victims in the horrible tragedy. If you or somebody you know was harmed by this fertilizer plant explosion, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the companies responsible and we can help.

What’s the Problem?

According to court documents, the new complaints accuse Adair Grain, Inc., the company that owns West Fertilizer Co., of negligence. The company “was negligent in the operation of its facility, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition, which led to the fire and explosion,” said a lawsuit filed last week by insurance companies on behalf of individuals, two churches, and businesses including a Chevrolet dealership and a local bakery.

The complaint does not list a specific demand for damages because many of the plaintiffs do not yet know what they have lost. Several of the plaintiffs have only the clothes they were wearing when they were forced to evacuate their homes. The insurance companies named in the lawsuit are Acadia Insurance Company, Continental Western Insurance Company, Union Standard Lloyds, and Union Standard Insurance Company.

The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of Andrea Jones Gutierrez, a single mother who lived in an apartment next to West Fertilizer Co. Gutierrez is seeking $500,000 to $1 million in relief. According to court documents, Gutierrez and her child lost their apartment and all their belongings, as well as suffered unspecified physical and emotional injuries.

Daniel Keeney, a spokesman for Adair Grain, declined to comment on the lawsuits. “Our focus is on the fact-finding and on assisting the investigating agencies in any way we can,” he said.

Do I Have a West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit?

The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Lawsuit Evaluation: Our law firm has already been contacted by residents of West, Texas, and are now currently representing a number of victims in the horrible tragedy. If you or somebody you know was harmed by this fertilizer plant explosion, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion suit and we can help.

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