David Yates Aug. 17, 2016, 3:09pm


BEAUMONT – The Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont has been retained to represent two victims of the Aug. 12 flash fire at the Sunoco Logistics crude oil terminal in Nederland.

Both of the firm's clients injured in the flash fire remain hospitalized for treatment of severe burns and related injuries, according to a press release.

PU attorneys Matthew Matheny and Edward Fisher have procured a preservation agreement at the scene of the incident and will be leading an investigation on behalf of their clients.

"It's important to preserve the location and allow investigators and experts to better determine the causes of the accident and what might have prevented this tragedy," said Matheny. "We'll be talking to witnesses and examining any records of safety and maintenance procedures at the facility. This was a horrible accident, and we are prepared to find out why it occurred."

According to initial reports, seven workers were injured while doing some welding at the Sunoco terminal, which handles crude oil, condensate, naphtha, base and extract oils.

Both Matheny and Fisher are experienced industrial accident attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the press release states.

Most recently, Matheny served on the litigation team that resolved the cases of several severely burned and deceased victims of the 2013 ExxonMobil refinery explosion.

Fisher successfully represented the families of all seven victims of the worst refinery explosion in Washington state history - the 2010 Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes.

Earlier this year, Fisher obtained a jury verdict of $4.2 million following the death of a worker involved in an industrial accident. Fisher and Matheny have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015 for their work in Personal Injury Litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.

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