One worker was injured in a refinery explosion that occurred just after 10 am on Saturday, March 5, at Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI). According to reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred while a compressor was starting up. Officials believe that during this process, some hydrogen was released which ignited diesel fuel that was in the unit.
The worker who was injured in the incident suffered a flash burn to the head and was taken to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena to receive treatment. While responders worked to put out the fire at the plant, a plume of smoke rose to great enough heights that the Houston Ship Channel had to be shut down temporarily.
This particular plant has a history of environmental violations.
Attorney Margret Lecocke from Williams Kherkher will be speaking on Friday, March 4th, at the 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference hosted by the Southwest/Rockies Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Greater Houston Chapter of the Labor and Employment Research Association.
The conference will run from Mach 3rd through the 5th and will take place at the Double Tree Hotel near Houston’s Hobby Airport. Margret Lecocke’s panel will take place on Friday morning and is titled “Red Light – Green Light with a Twist: Arbitrators and Advocates in the Hot Seat.”
This Wednesday, March 2nd, several attorneys from the team at Williams Kherkher will be volunteering at the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine. Since 1986, the Houston Bar Association has been providing their LegalLine service to residents of Harris County on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
On these dates, members of the community can call in from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and talk to licensed attorneys who are there to provide free legal advice, legal referrals, and offer other kinds of assistance to those who might not otherwise be able to afford legal help.
The team at Williams Kherkher is once again honored to have the opportunity to serve the Houston community through such an important and impactful program.
According to a new report done by Allstate, Houston drivers are among the worst in the United States. After evaluating the best drivers in 200 cities, Houston ranked number 170 on the list for accident frequency. The report states that Houston drivers, on average, have a collision once every 7.2 years, 37% higher than the national average.
The list does not specify the reasons for the car accidents they tracked, but rather, is looking to make the public aware of the importance of safe driving. Boston had the worst record on the list with drivers getting in an accident an average of once every 3.9 years, while Kansas City ranked the best with drivers having an accident every 13.3 years.
At Williams Kherkher, we know all too well how devastating accidents in Houston can be, and we are proud to represent individuals who have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s wrongdoing. For the legal help you need if you’ve been injured in an accident, call us today at (800) 220-9341.
Two people were injured yesterday in an explosion that took place at a SouthCross Energy plant in Frio County. Deputies from the Frio County Sheriff’s Office immediately established a perimeter around the gas plant and evacuated nearby homeowners.
According to Sergeant Jerry Reyna, workers were able to extinguish the fire resulting from the explosion by shutting off a gas valve. Additionally, he reported that both of the individuals injured in the blast were employees at the plant and one was airlifted to San Antonio to receive treatment. His condition is currently unknown. A female worker was also injured and was taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.
SouthCross Energy is currently investigating the explosion and its causes.
Williams Kherkher continues to maintain their Tier 1 ranking for the Houston metro area, according to U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm is ranked in the “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs” practice area category.
The evaluation process for a Best Law Firms ranking combines a number of rigorous evaluation metrics, including peer evaluation, detailed firm information, and client reviews. As a part of the client review process, past clients are asked to review the firm in terms of their expertise, responsiveness to clients, and whether or not they would refer someone to that firm in the future.
Additionally, law firms are only eligible for a U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” ranking if one of the attorneys at the firm is listed in the most current edition of Best Lawyers.
Earlier today, a school bus and large truck collided at the intersection of the Sam Houston Parkway frontage road and Texas 90 in Harris County. It is not known whether anyone involved in the accident was hurt. According to the Houston Chronicle, witnesses of the accident reported that the bus was just about to turn right in order to get on the frontage road when the collision occurred. At Williams Kherkher, we will continue to monitor this concerning story and will provide more information as it becomes available.
On February 10, Williams Kherkher’s managing partner John Eddie Williams, Jr., will be presented with the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award at the Houston Bar Foundation’s Annual Luncheon. Williams is the sixth recipient of this award, and he currently serves on the board of Community Bank of Texas, the Astros Board of Directors, and the board of governors of the American Association for Justice, the Houston Police Department, and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He has also served as a member of the board of the Houston Bar Foundation since 2009, and in 2014, he served as the chair of the Foundation. John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, are also active in the Houston community, donating their time and money to a variety of worthy causes.
Marshall Middle School in Beaumont was evacuated after a carbon monoxide leak in the school was reported this morning, according to the report Beaumont ISD made with Click2Houston. According to reports, a number of students complained of feeling light-headed.
Once the school was evacuated, medical responders attended to students and adults at the scene. Of the people who were evacuated, 79 students and two adults were sent to the hospital for additional treatment.
While officials with the Beaumont Fire Department have reported that they believe the leak originated from the school boiler room, they are not yet sure when the leak may have began. That being said, officials did say that it would take anywhere between two and three hours for a person to show symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning at the levels they observed.
At Williams Kherkher, we will continue to monitor this situation, and will provide updates as they become available.
On Friday night, January 22, the Diamond Dreams Gala took place at Minute Maid Park, raising $1.3 million for the Astros Foundation. The event, co-chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, featured a cocktail-attire dinner, appearances by current and former Astros players, and an after-dinner concert by James Taylor. The Astros Foundation began four years ago as a way to help give back to people around Houston and to support various charities throughout the city. Recently, the foundation has narrowed their focus on raising money to support education, youth baseball, the military, and the city’s homeless population. The Friday night Diamond Dreams Gala was specifically raising money to support New Hope Housing, an organization that strives to provide safe, affordable housing options for Houston’s most vulnerable residents. You can read more about the gala by clicking here.
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