In 2013, the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, LA exploded—killing
2 and injuring 160 others.
We previously represented 4 workers in the first of many trials holding Williams Companies, Inc. accountable
for their negligence in allowing the explosion to happen, knowing full
well they could have prevented it. Our work won our clients $13 million
for their medical care, lost wages, and mental anguish.
To learn why the Geismar plant exploded,
visit our earlier blog that reported the root causes of this tragedy.
Today, our firm is proud to announce that our second trial has resulted
in an even larger verdict—over $16 million for 4 more workers, each
of whom needed money for extensive medical care. This trial also successfully
held another company responsible: Sabic Petrochemicals. Sabic is a Saudi
Arabia-based company that owns a 16% stake in the plant, and was ultimately
found 16% liable for its poor safety practices.
Attorney Kurt Arnold summed up the case this way:
"Williams has made too many reckless choices that led to this explosion.
They don't get to decide our client's futures. Twice they've
left it up to a jury to decide what is reasonable, and juries have awarded
a combined $30 million for the first eight workers who have taken their
case to trial."
We are happy to see juries rightfully hold Williams Companies, Inc. and
other parent companies accountable for their poor safety management. While
Williams Companies would rather limit their liability and lay this at
the plant’s feet, our research has proven (twice now) that high-ranking
officials were ultimately responsible.
Williams Companies, Inc. is planning on appealing, but our firm will be
there to uphold these verdicts until the case is put to rest once and
for all. Meanwhile, Kurt Arnold and the rest of our team are looking forward
to helping more workers seek compensation from these companies in January
and April of next year.