In 2013, the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, LA exploded—killing
2 and injuring more than 160 others. In the first trial, a jury awarded
our clients $13 million for their medical care, lost wages, and mental
anguish. The second trial resulted in an even larger verdict—over
$18 million for 4 more workers. 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 and SABIC accountable
for their poor safety management. Williams Companies, Inc. is planning
on appealing, but our firm will be there to keep fighting for our clients.
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