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DuPont deaths in La Porte, Texas from valve failure?

In La Porte, Texas, a chemical leak at a DuPont facility left four workers dead. What caused this accident? Was this the negligence of the employer? Texas personal injury lawyers with workplace accident experience often hire personal investigators to examine the true nature of the cause of death. The situation in La Porte may have triggered potential wrongful death claims. 

Did a valve somehow fail on a container of methyl mercaptan? Methyl mercaptan is a chemical used to make insecticide. If this is the result of valve failure, what caused the vale to fail?

By the time workers were able to get the incident under control, five people had already been exposed to the gas. Four of the five died and the fifth went to a hospital. The Weaver Law Firm's sympathy and concern goes out to the family of the men that were lost in this accident. There are no words that can truly express the loss that we expect the families are going through.  

Winds carried a strong odor from the plant through parts of Houston and up toward Sugar Land.  Are the odor and the air quality associated with it hazardous? We suspect that authorities took air quality tests. What were the results and were the tests conducted appropriately? If the results were not normal, local emergency officials should have issued a shelter-in-place order to the general public.

While the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is sending an investigative team to investigate the leak, the families may have many questions not only about the incident but also about how to handle personal family matters. Personal injury attorneys that have experience with estate planning may be a unique and helpful asset.

     - Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Houston, personal injury attorney with experience in workplace injuries.

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