Alvaro Coronel, a man working at a plant of the Baytown ExxonMobil during the Wednesday, July 31, explosion is suing the company, claiming that the plant’s clinic wrote off his injuries as similar to “sunburns,” according to ABC13.
Coronel retained the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz. He said that the plant appeared to operate properly.
Coronel, who had his arm wrapped in dressing and burns visible on the back of his neck and head, had been working at the plant for eight months.
He said that Wednesday’s incident was just an accident, but he wishes he got better treatment.
According to Coronel, he ran to an evacuation path toward a fence right after the first blast. He believed he was dropped by a second explosion.
He also said that he was loaded onto a Baytown Fire Department ambulance when ExxonMobil officials at the scene prevented him from leaving and directed him to the company clinic, where he was simply bandaged.
Alvaro Coronel and his attorneys met with media on Friday, two days after he said he was standing 30 yards from the explosion at the ExxonMobil Olefins Plant.
ABC13 reported that Coronel showed the agency his burn injury after the news conference.
Harris County sued ExxonMobil just the day after the explosion. It alleged the company violated the Texas Clean Air Act due to the release of pollutants.
Coronel’s lawsuit is the latest legal obstacle for ExxonMobil in the explosion’s aftermath.