The ITC Deer Park Chemical Fire
Contact Our Texas Attorneys Today to Protect Your Rights
The aftermath of the chemical fire at the International Terminals Co. in the Houston suburb of Deer Park will take time to sort out. What is already clear is that the fire may have affected the health of Deer Park residents, many of whom are very concerned about how exposure to a dangerous chemical is going to impact them.
If you live in or near Deer Park, you likely have a lot of questions. What are the symptoms of chemical exposure? What are my rights? Can I file an ITC claim? Is there going to be a lawsuit? The chemical fire lawyers at Tracey & Fox know how to handle these types of cases. We can help you find answers to your questions and guide you through the legal process.
On March 17, 2019, a fire broke out at International Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas. The fire continued for several days and involved 11 chemical storage tanks, spewing thick black smoke and particulates into the air. Elevated levels of the dangerous chemical benzene were detected near the site, resulting in shelter-in-place orders for residents. Schools were closed.
Officials assured people in the area that they were not at risk, but within days, residents began reporting various symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and nose bleeds. Other symptoms of benzene exposure can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Throat irritation
- Red eyes
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Exposure to benzene can also have long-term health effects. These include anemia, immune system damage, menstruation problems and leukemia. People in the area are very concerned, and with good reason. They want answers.
Tracey Fox is investigating the ITC fire and benzene release and how residents who live in and near Deer Park have been affected. Sean Tracey has handled more than 100 cases involving toxic tort legislation, including cases involving chemical accidents and benzene. We know how to hold negligent parties accountable and recover financial compensation that victims deserve.
What to do
If you live in or near Deer Park and have experienced unusual symptoms, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. It’s important to identify any health issues you are having and to get immediate treatment if necessary. The next thing you should do is contact our office so we can take steps to protect your rights.
Generally, claims involving industrial accidents take time to resolve. Big companies and insurance companies deny responsibility, and have high-powered lawyers fighting for their best interests. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced chemical fire attorney on your side. We can help you fight for the best possible resolution of your case.
You may not be sure how you were affected by the fire, or if you have a case. All you have are questions. Let us help you find the answers. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. Talk to one of our experienced chemical fire attorneys about the ITC fire – health issues, safety concerns and what steps to take next. There’s no cost and no obligation.
The ITC chemical fire isn’t just a random accident. This has affected the lives of our friends and neighbors. One of our attorneys, Lance Walters, is a native of Deer Park. We are determined to help everyone impacted by this tragedy and to hold negligent parties accountable.
Learn more about how an experienced chemical fire attorney can help you by scheduling a free case evaluation at our Houston office. If you can’t come to us, we can meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you.