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Oil Refinery Explosion: Severe Burn Injuries

Oil Refinery Explosion: Severe Burn Injuries

Florencio P. v. Doe Oil Refinery and Roe Design and Construction Firm, Los Angeles, California

$7.5 million dollar settlement ($6 million to the injured worker; $600,000 to his wife for loss of consortium) and waiver of $900,000 Workers Compensation lien (and waiver of counterclaim for property damages). 38 year-old laborer suffered 3 rd and 4 th degree burns to 70% of his body when he opened a valve on a “hot” drum at the refinery’s coker unit. The resulting fire and explosion caused over $6 million dollars worth of damage. Plaintiff alleged that the 4 drums were not appropriately labeled or locked out. Defendants alleged inattention and countersued for the property damage.

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