What’s the Problem?
The first explosion at the TPC plant, which occurred around 1 a.m. on Nov. 30, blew out the windows and doors of nearby homes, causing at least 3 people — 2 TPC employees and a contractor — to be seriously injured, according to CBS News. The blast was felt up to 30 miles away and sent toxic plumes into the sky that could be seen for miles.
“It’s like the whole house was shaken,” one survivor told CBS. “Kind of like a little mini earthquake.”
A second massive explosion rocked the chemical plant later that day, forcing a mandatory evacuation for all residents of a 4-mile radius surrounding the plant. Officials said a number of other smaller blasts were reported throughout the day. In addition to the major injuries, several other local residents were treated for minor injuries, mostly caused by shattered glass.
What Caused the Explosions?
The TPC plant houses several flammable chemicals including Butadiene, a gas used to produce synthetic rubber products. Long-term exposure to Butadiene has been linked to a range of severe health complications which are split into 2 categories: acute and chronic, which are further broken down into both low and high dose effects.
Butadiene Health Risks
Acute Low Exposure Symptoms
- Irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs
- Frostbite (with skin exposure)
Acute High Exposure
- Central nervous system damage
- Distorted blurred vision
- General tiredness (malaise)
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased pulse rate
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Reproductive Diseases
- Birth defects
- Developmental problems
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Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to TPC chemical plant explosion lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you or a loved one was injured in the explosion, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a TPC Chemical Plant Explosion Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in TPC Chemical Plant Explosion Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been harmed, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.