$75 Million Settlement for Workers Injured in Plant Explosion
Zehl & Associates is proud to announce a record $75 Million settlement for 6 contractors who were injured when a petrochemical plant exploded while they were performing maintenance work.
The plant owner ands its team of lawyers initially refused to offer more than $750,000 to each of our clients, arguing that they were barred from filing a lawsuit and recovering any damages because the plant owner and our client’s employer provided them with workers’ compensation benefits.
After reviewing millions of documents and taking over 45 depositions, Ryan Zehl and Matt Martin were able to prove that the explosion should have been easily prevented and that the plant owner wasn’t entitled to assert the workers’ compensation defense against our clients because it wasn’t a “statutory employer” under the Master and General Service Agreements.
The case settled for a record $75 Million less than 2-weeks before trial.
Attorney’s Fees and Case Expenses: $33,147,439.