On May 13, 2001, which was Mother’s Day, Terry Williams was severely injured in an explosion at the Hunt Oil Refinery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Terry sustained 45% total body surface burns, including full thickness burns to his entire head, face, ears and neck. His medical expenses exceeded two million dollars and he has undergone over thirty medical procedures and skin grafts. Terry’s burns have left him permanently and totally disabled. He lost his ears and some of his fingers, and is permanently disfigured. Although Terry sustained his injuries over five years ago, his recovery and rehabilitation needs will continue into the foreseeable future.
Terry had been a dedicated employee at the Hunt Oil Refinery since 1969. The three defendants responsible for the explosion, Conex International, DHEC, and Zeeco Inc., settled with Terry. We had reached a partial settlement with Zeeco and DHEC in December of 2005. Conex finally settled their part in October prior to the case going to trial. Kendall Dunson and Cole Portis from our firm handled the case for Terry and his wife and did a very good job for them. The amount of the settlement is confidential at the request of the defendants. I will discuss more about this case in the Courts Section.
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