Walnut Creek Industrial Accident Lawyer
Representing Injury Victims Throughout the Bay Area
Industrial accidents often involve some of the most serious injuries. In some cases, the injuries are so extensive that they lead to the wrongful death of a loved one. If you were seriously injured or a loved one was killed in an industrial-related accident, it is time to seek the compensation you deserve.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, we are dedicated to providing quality and effective personal injury representation to victims throughout the Bay Area. Founded in 1979, we consistently appear in the annual Super Lawyers® list by the San Francisco Magazine and have been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Take a look at the results from several of our cases below:
- $80 Million Recovery: This was recovered in a class action case involving Unocal after thousands were exposed to an odorless compound.
- $3 Million Recovery: This was recovered after an explosion and fire at local oil refinery killed one worker.
$3 Million Recovery: This was recovered for the family of a victim who was involved in a fire
at the Tosco Refinery that claimed the lives of four individuals.
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Consult with our industrial accident attorneys in Walnut Creek. You can reach us by calling (925) 275-5592.
Guidance Through a Comprehensive Range of Industrial Accidents
We handle all types of industrial accident cases. Whether they are work-related at a construction site or involve defective machinery, we will seek full and fair compensation on your behalf.
Types of industrial accidents we can handle include:
- Cranes and forklifts
- Ladders and scaffolding
- Explosions and chemical burn injuries
- Defective safety guards / mechanisms
- Conveyer belts
- Falling debris
- Slip / trip and fall accidents
Defective Machinery Accidents in Walnut Creek
Defective machinery causes serious injury to the user of the equipment. Many injuries caused by defective machinery occur at work. If the defect was the result of negligence or misconduct by the maker or seller of the machinery, injured people may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for their injuries.
The Walnut Creek industrial accident attorneys at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook have helped accident victims since 1979. We obtained numerous large verdicts and settlements for clients injured by defective machinery. With decades of experience and extensive resources, we are well-equipped to handle your case and pursue the maximum amount of compensation attainable on your behalf.
Cases Involving Defective Machinery
In an industrial setting, defective machinery is a deadly variable. Our Walnut Creek defective machinery lawyers work with teams of experts in order to determine who might be liable for the injuries caused by the defective machine and how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for our clients.
Our firm has handled a variety of cases involving defective machinery, including:
- Explosions caused by improper venting
- Man lift, crane or ladder collapses
- Defective voltage detectors
- Lack of guards or safety devices on sharp equipment
- Failure to provide shut-off switches or valves
- Punch press injuries
- Conveyor belts defects
We take the time to get to know each and every one of our clients. Then we strive to build a case that provides a tailor-fit legal solution to their needs and circumstances.
Types of defective machinery
There are many reasons why a machine might be considered "defective."
Some of these include scenarios such as:
- The machinery is badly designed and therefore, inherently dangerous
- The machine contains manufacturing defect
- The machine was marketed for a purpose for which it was not intended to be used
Toxic Exposure Accidents in Walnut Creek
Toxic exposure can result in serious health problems, especially if an individual was exposed to a toxic substance for an extended period of time. It is common for toxic exposure to result in asbestosis, mesothelioma, leukemia, silicosis, Hodgkins disease, and more. In many cases, toxic exposure can be traced back to large companies or corporations.
While it may seem daunting to confront these entities, the experienced Walnut Creek toxic exposure accident lawyers at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook have the skill and passion you need in order to pursue compensation for your injuries. We have won millions on behalf of clients throughout the area and provide client-centric legal services.
Toxic Exposure Limits
In order to limit the risk of excessive exposure to toxic chemicals, employers are required to follow guidelines imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These limits are called Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) and relate to limits for the shipyard industry, the construction industry, and general industry.
The PEL covers exposure to the following:
- Toxic Substances
- Mineral Dust
- Air Contaminants
- Hazardous Waste
Workers are required to be provided with protective equipment and training as to the nature of the toxic substances they may be in contact with and how to properly and safely do their job. Common toxins involve asbestos, once widely used in insulation, and benzene, a colorless liquid used in the industrial and manufacturing process in pesticides, rubber, plastics, and dyes.
Gas Line Explosion Cases in Contra Costa County
The possibility of explosions is always present with a natural gas or oil pipeline, a chemical plant or a refinery. Workers in these industries and others are always at risk. They may suffer catastrophic injuries such as burns, lung injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, as well as death.
When a refinery or other explosion can be traced to negligence or misconduct, injured people or the families of those killed may be able to claim compensation for their expenses and their losses.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our Walnut Creek industrial accident attorneys have been helping explosion victims and their families throughout the Bay Area since 1979. We have obtained many significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of people who have been seriously injured or killed in an explosion.
Cases We Handle
Many gas explosions are the result of inadequate maintenance, improper cleaning techniques, defective components such as valves and couplings, and poor training. When this type of negligence is the cause of your injuries, we will develop a strong case for compensation for your injuries, lost wages and other costs of your accident.
We help victims after explosions involving the following:
- Toxic exposure
- Natural Gas Lines
- Compressed gas pipelines
- Tanker trucks
- Oil pipelines
- Chemical plants
- Industrial accidents
- Airborne particle explosions
- Leaking propane tanks
Explosions result in catastrophic burns from resulting fires, scarring, broken limbs, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and death. People injured in explosions often need substantial recovery time, losing income while they are away from work.
Injured people with serious burns are at risk for infection and require lengthy hospital stays. They may require reconstructive surgery. Refinery explosion victims often have many injuries, causing significant pain and suffering. Those who survive with serious brain trauma or spinal cord injury may never work again.
Notable Case Results
Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook handled a class action case involving Unocal, a Rodeo-based global oil and natural gas company. Under the full knowledge of Unolocal management, 6,000 residents in the area were accidentally exposed to an odorless chemical compound that caused asthma, respiratory irritation, eye and skin irritation, and more.
Unolocal took no action to remedy the problem and instead ignored it in order to meet production schedules. After demonstrating the Defendant’s liability, our Walnut Creek toxic exposure accident attorneys recovered more than $80 million on behalf of 600 Plaintiffs.
Quality Representation Following Workplace Accidents
At our law firm, we work hard seeking compensation that industrial accident injuries demand so that our injured clients will be able to obtain the care they need. If you have suffered a serious job injury, such as a dangerous construction site accident or defective machinery accident, contact our Walnut Creek industrial accident lawyers today.
35+ years of experience. Millions recovered for local Bay Area residents. Call (925) 275-5592!