Waco man sues West fertilizer plant after vision loss, severe burns

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:02pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:12pm

Houston and Waco attorneys are teaming up to represent a Waco man, who is now blind and severly burned, following the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

The victim and his girlfriend were at the apartment complex that is now severely damaged, near the plant, visiting a friend.

Attorneys are urging victims to seek legal action now to get the most compensation possible. This particular lawsuit is one of several already filed against the West fertilizer plant.

The following is a release issued from the victim's attorneys:

"Texas attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, located in Houston, Texas and Curtis Wayne Lucas of the Law Office of Whitney Fanning, located in Waco, Texas are helping one victim of the recent West, Texas tragedy seek justice for permanent injuries caused by the fertilizer plant explosion.

The Waco, Texas man and his girlfriend were visiting a friend in West when the industrial explosion rocked the small Texas town. The couple was at the apartment complex nearest to the fertilizer plant when the blast occurred. The man, who was standing between the wall of the complex and his girlfriend, essentially shielded her from serious harm, absorbing the full impact of the blast.

The massive plant explosion left the Waco man completely blind and severely burned across his face, chest, arms and hands. There is a long road to recovery ahead for this man that includes relearning how to care and provide for himself without his eyesight.

An investigation into the cause of the fertilizer plant explosion is underway, but it may be a long time before there are official answers. In the meantime, those who were injured or lost a loved one in the April explosion are encouraged to contact an attorney to discuss their legal rights.

“The law firm of Abraham Watkins has decades of experience in handling mass casualty events, including wrongful death and personal injury claims. The firm has helped individuals and families recover from prior Texas tragedies, including the Philips explosion in 1989 and the 2005 explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, and we are here now to help those who were injured in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion,” explained Mo Aziz. “We are partnered with Curtis’ firm due to the similarity in our practice and his ties to the affected community.”

If you were injured or lost everything in the blast, the time to speak to an attorney is now. In large tragedies such as the West, Texas blast, insurance companies may attempt to settle claims for less than a full recovery because so many people were seriously or fatally injured or had their homes and possessions destroyed. “Victims need to seek legal representation to be compensated for their losses at an early stage because of the possibility of limited insurance proceeds,” noted Aziz.

A lawyer on your side can help ensure that you receive a full and fair recovery. The personal injury lawyers of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend have been protecting injured people and their families for more than 60 years. To reach attorney Mo Aziz, or any of
the injury attorneys at Abraham Watkins, contact the firm online or at 800-580-9121. The firm offers a no cost, no obligation consultation and can help you understand your rights when a sudden tragedy permanently changes your life."


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