PRECISION LITIGATION

Justice for those injured and killed in Gainesville, Georgia Liquid Nitrogen Hazmat Incident

| Jan 28, 2021 | Personal Injury, Wrongful Death |

According to news reports, six people have died as a result of a “hazmat situation” involving liquid nitrogen in Gainesville, Georgia on January 28, 2021. Five individuals died on the scene and one more died after being rushed to hospital with eleven other people who were injured. Emergency responders were called out to Prime Pak Foods around 10 a.m. All the victims who perished were employees of Foundation Food Group.

Early reports from company officials indicate that the cause of the liquid nitrogen leak was a ‘ruptured line’. Liquid nitrogen is commonly used in commercial cooling systems like those installed and used at food processing facilities. Liquid nitrogen can be extremely dangerous when it is leaked from a line into the surrounding air of a confined space. Liquid nitrogen leaked in these circumstances displaces breathable air and can create an atmosphere incapable of sustaining life. Workers exposed to a liquid nitrogen leak can succumb to asphyxiation due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. Attorney Pratt advises that “It is extremely important that companies that use liquid nitrogen based refrigerant systems follow all applicable safety guidelines and take special care to prevent leaks and to have policies, procedures, and employee training in place to recognize and react to leaks before tragedy occurs.”

Industrial disasters with this many deaths and casualties are relatively uncommon in the modern era. Atlanta plaintiff’s attorney Bradley Pratt says, “Companies are obligated to create a safe work environment and protect their employees. When we witness a tragedy of this magnitude, it is usually the result of multiple failures, and it almost always could have and should have been avoided.”

Very little is known at this point about the cause of this toxic event. A disaster with multiple deaths and injuries will trigger a government investigation, perhaps from multiple agencies. Those investigations will have specific goals, including worker safety and environmental safety, but Bradley Pratt says those investigations don’t always have the interests of the survivors and the victim’s families in mind. “When we file a lawsuit in the civil court system,” Pratt says, “we have an opportunity to conduct our own investigations with our own experts under the rules of discovery. The evidence we find can be used to win compensation for families that honors the lives of their lost loved ones, and for survivors so they can fight to recover with dignity knowing their future is secure.”

Moreover, the results of government investigations often result in surprisingly low fines when compared with the scale of the lives destroyed in an industrial disaster. Often, punishment from regulatory agencies amounts to not much more than a slap on the wrist. When survivors and families of victims stand up and fight for justice in the civil court system, they can reach settlements or win verdicts that are substantial enough to force big companies to make meaningful changes for worker safety — helping to ensure others aren’t hurt or killed in the future.

The lawyers at Pratt Clay have experience working with survivors and families of victims in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. For firm founders Bradley Pratt and Chuck Clay, justice is not just about the result of a case, it’s also about the process of holding those at fault accountable in a way that honors the lives of the lost and preserves the dignity of those who survived with life-altering injury.


Según los informes noticias, seis personas han muerto como resultado de una situación de materiales peligrosos que involucre nitrógeno liquido en Gainesville, GA el 28 de enero 2021. Cinco personas murieron en la escena y una más murió después de ser llevado al hospital con once otras personas lesionados. Primeros auxilios fueron llamados al Prime Pak Foods alrededor de las 10am. Todas las victimas eran empleados de Foundation Food Group.

Desastres Industriales con tantas muertes y víctimas son relativamente poco comunes en la era moderna. Abogado de demandantes en Atlanta, Bradley Pratt dice, “Las empresas están obligadas a crear un entorno seguro y proteger sus empleados. Cuando somos testigos de una tragedia tan fuerte, por lo general es el resultado de múltiples fallas, y casi siempre puede haber evitado.”

Muy poco se sabe en este momento sobre la causa de este evento toxico. Un desastre con múltiples muertes y lesionados desencadenará una investigación del gobierno, tal vez de múltiples agencias. Estas investigaciones tendrán metas específicas, incluyendo seguro del trabajador y el entorno, pero dice Bradley Pratt estas investigaciones no siempre tienen el interés de los sobrevivientes y las familias de las víctimas en mente. “Cuando mandamos una demanda en la corte civil,” dice Pratt, “tenemos la oportunidad de hacer nuestras propias investigaciones con nuestros expertos bajo las reglas de descubrimiento. La evidencia que encontramos puede estar usado para ganar compensación para las familias que honra las vidas de los seres queridos perdidos, y para los sobrevivientes para que pueden luchar para recuperarse con dignidad sabiendo que su futuro es seguro.

Además, los resultados de las investigaciones del gobierno casi siempre resultan con multas sorprendentemente bajas comparado con el tamaño de las vidas destruidas en el desastre industrial. Frecuentemente, castigo de las agencias regulatorias no sale mas que una palmada a la muñeca. Cuando sobrevivientes y familias de las victimas se levantan y luchan por justicia en la corte civil, ellos pueden llegar a los asentamientos o ganar veredictos que son lo suficientemente sustanciales como para obligar las grandes empresas a hacer cambios significativos para la seguridad de sus trabajadores – para asegurar que otros no sean lastimado o asesinados en el futuro.

Los abogados de Pratt Clay, LLC tienen experiencia trabajando con sobrevivientes y las victimas de las familias en casos de lesiones catastróficas y muerte injusta. Para los fundadores, Bradley Pratt y Chuck Clay, la justicia no es solamente el resultado de un caso, también es el proceso de castigar los culpables en una manera que honra las vidas perdidas y la dignidad de los sobrevivientes con lesiones que han cambiado su vida.