August 13th, 2012| August 13, 2012 A fire at a Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, just south of San Francisco, has led to thousands of residents filing California environmental injury claims against the company. According to the Associated Press, as many as 3,800 individuals have filed injury claims since the fire erupted following an explosion at the facility this past Monday. In November, an inspection by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found a corroded pipe that was attached to the line that failed Monday. The failure allowed a gas pocket to build and then ignite, causing the explosion that burned for several hours sending plumes of black smoke into the atmosphere. The smoke sent hundreds of residents rushing into local medical facilities with complaints of breathing problems. The number of residents who were affected prompted Chevron to open a claims center in Richmond where residents can seek damages for the medical bills and other expenses they incurred as a result of the fire. While claims for past fires at the facility may have brought victims thousands of dollars in compensation, experts are saying that the victims in this situation can expect to receive much less. This is why the California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to encourage anyone who has suffered because of toxins in their environment to explore what legal options you may have by discussing your case with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.