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The increased demand for and price of crude oil and natural gas have created a marked increase in drilling activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry. The high demand for crews and equipment has put additional pressures on the industry to use inexperienced workers and unsafe equipment. This has led to poor practices and unsafe work environments due to an increase in work injuries from blowouts, pipeline explosions, and other well site accidents.
If you or a loved one were injured in an oilfield accident or explosion, it’s critical that you start taking steps to protect your rights before the company and its insurance adjusters discard relevant evidence and take other measures to limit your ability to hold the company accountable.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in an oil field accident? If so, don’t wait to contact The Carlson Law Firm. Our team of attorneys will fight for the rights of those who have sustained injuries in accidents that were caused by no fault of their own.
Oil Field Accidents: By The Numbers
The oil industry is extremely important to the economy in the state of Texas. Oil rig and exploration companies employ many individuals and provide the potential for advancement and security. Unfortunately, these jobs can also be extremely dangerous.
From 2012 to 2016, the U.S. oil and gas industry (both onshore and offshore combined) had a collective fatality rate that was 7 times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers combined.
In 2012, 65 gas and oilfield workers lost their lives in the course of doing their jobs. This was a 50% increase over the year before and a 10 year high in the state of Texas. While this number is tragic, it is also stunning to learn that there were over 18,000 amputations, broken bones, explosion injuries, burns, cuts, and other injuries reported in Texas oil and gas fields in the last five years.
A year-long investigative report by the Houston Chronicle found that safety standards and procedures have not been enforced at Texas oil fields for over 20 years and that safety violations occurred in 78% of reported accidents, many of which could have been prevented with better equipment and processes.
Oil Field Accident Dangers
Oil companies profit when work sites operate around the clock. But heavy machinery, truck traffic, and cramped working conditions pose a variety of accident dangers to workers.
Oilfield injuries range from mild to severe. Common injuries include:
- Severe burns
- Broken bones, backs, and necks from falls,
- Head injuries from falling equipment,
- Loss of limbs from explosions of defective equipment,
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, gasses
Wrongful death claims can occur by:
- Faulty Electrical equipment
- Work rig collapses
- Falls from rigs and equipment
- Frac tank mishaps
- Well blowouts
- Explosions and fires
- Improperly maintained equipment
Filing a lawsuit against the oil company, an oil refinery equipment manufacturer, a third-party claim against an oil field maintenance contractor or other responsible parties can sometimes be the best way to recover your damages from an oil field accident or injury claim.
Oil Field Transportation Accidents
Most oilfield deaths are related to transportation, especially when workers drive from one job site to another on unsafe rural roads. About 4 out of every 10 deaths on the job occur as a result of vehicle collisions. Employers are responsible for protecting workers by enforcing driver safety policies and developing work schedules to avoid dangers associated with driver fatigue.
Contact With Objects And Equipment On Oil Fields
Three out of five fatalities on well sites occur as a result of hazards associated with workers being struck, caught in and caught between moving vehicles or equipment, high-pressure lines and falling equipment. Cranes, derricks, hoists and other heavy equipment pose risks to workers on the job, as do other activities common in oilfields, including moving pipes, site clearing, transporting heavy loads and activities around pressurized lines.
Oil Field Fires And Explosions
Oil field workers are put at risk every day by flammable gases and vapors when these gasses are released from tanks, shale shakers, trucks, generators, engines, wells and other production or surface equipment. Fires and explosions can start when these materials come into contact with things such as lightning, static, cigarettes, welding and cutting tools, open flames, electrical sources and even hot surfaces. Employers can prevent catastrophic injuries to workers by conducting fire risk assessments, enforcing work safety guidelines and through the adoption of engineering controls.
Oil Field Fall Injuries
Oil and gas workers often have to perform their job duties in locations high off the ground, which makes them more vulnerable to injuries associated with falls. Falls from drilling platforms, elevated equipment, and the mast can cause serious and life-threatening injuries.
What To Do After An Oil Field Accident Injury
- Stop working immediately
- Report your injury as soon as possible.
- Ask for immediate medical treatment.
- Do not give a formal statement, sign any paperwork, or accept any money from the company (besides your normal paycheck) prior to speaking with an experience oil field injury lawyer.
- Contact an experienced Oil Field Accident Lawyer as soon as possible.
You Are Not Alone When You’ve Got Oil Field Accident Injury Lawyers On Your Side
When difficult working conditions, faulty equipment or the negligence of others leaves you hurt and facing a mountain of bills that you can’t pay, you should not have to bear the burden alone. Our team of experienced attorneys will stand by you and stand up for your rights every step of the way.
We represent a wide variety of oil field accident victims, including those who are injured in car accidents, workers who suffer broken bones, head or spinal injuries, workers who develop occupational illnesses, and workers who are seriously injured due to defective equipment.
Can My Employer Be Held Responsible For My Oil Field Injury?
The answer is yes. There are rules in place that businesses must follow due to the guidelines set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as state and federal regulations. When employers fail to uphold these standards and a serious accident occurs, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries. Our job is to know these standards and to prove that they weren’t met by your employer.
How Much Does An Oil Field Injury Attorney Cost To Hire?
After an injury, we want you to focus on one thing, and one thing only: moving forward. We don’t want you to worry about how you will be able to afford legal assistance while trying to heal. This is why The Carlson Law Firm operates on a contingency fee agreement, which means you’ll only pay if we recover compensation for you. Our firm will pay for all of the expenses of your case up from, and if we win, our payment will come from the recovery, not out of your pocket.
Timing Is Crucial — Contact Oil Field Accident Injury Lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm Today
Any delay in obtaining information or gathering evidence could hurt your claim. These claims are often complex due to the possibility of making third-party personal injury claims against trucking companies and others who work alongside the oil industry. Reach out to experienced Oil Field Accident Injury Lawyers immediately.
Why Choose Carlson Law Firm Oil Field Accident Injury Lawyers
Oilfield injury litigation is extremely complex, requiring specialized knowledge about the industry, equipment, personnel roles, company roles, and more. Our years of experience as Oil Field Accident Injury Lawyers in numerous oilfield cases gives us the advantage when handling new oilfield cases. We know the relationships between the different parties that are present at a site. We understand the terminology and jargon specific to that industry.
If you have been injured in an oil field accident and suffered an injury, contact the oil field accident injury lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm to discuss your legal options. A member of our team is available to speak with you 24/7. A consultation with The Carlson Law Firm is always free.