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Have You Been Injured in an Oilfield Accident?

As the oil and gas industry have boomed in recent years, so too has the number of accidents involving innocent bystanders or even employees working on the oilfield. Understanding your rights and responsibilities after a serious accident like this could prompt you to hire an experienced Dallas oilfield accident lawyer as soon as possible. Here at Thompson Law, we know that the critical injuries often associated with oilfield accidents make it even more important to hire an attorney.

An oilfield is almost always a dangerous place to be, which is why so many people find themselves in the midst of a serious accident. Injuries from the incidents can be severe and could make it so that a victim is never able to return to work or live normally again. In those cases, Texas personal injury law makes it so that victims can file a legal claim to recover compensation.

If you’ve suffered an oilfield injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. Call the personal injury lawyers you can trust. Contact our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers at Thompson Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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What to Do After an Oilfield Accident or Explosion

If you are injured in an oilfield accident, you need to immediately:

  1. Stop working
  2. Report your injury to your employer
  3. Seek medical treatment
  4. DO NOT offer a statement, sign any paperwork, or accept any money from your company prior to speaking to a Dallas oilfield accident lawyer

Reporting the accident and injuries to your employer immediately is important to demonstrate the accident directly led to your injury. Even if you don’t feel as though you’ve sustained serious injuries, as many common injuries associated with oilfield accidents – like a traumatic brain injury – can be difficult to identify.

A medical professional can give you the appropriate tests so that you understand the physical impact of the accident on your body. Furthermore, if you do need to file a workers compensation claim, attending the medical appointments and following your doctor’s orders are both important for your recovery and your ability to recover compensation.

The crucial things to prove in these cases are that 1) someone was negligent or reckless in the management of the oilfield workplace, and 2) this negligence led to you being injured. For example, if appropriate safety gear was not provided, or if the training was never given to relevant employees, or if someone was not paying attention when they were supposed to be serving in a supervisory capacity, you may be eligible to recover compensation as a result.

Given the nuances and difficulties of multi-party litigation and the complex nature of oilfield accidents, you cannot afford to wait to get help from an attorney who cares. You may need the compensation from a case in order to pay for your medical care and to allow you and your family to adjust to your new way of life.

If you’re the victim of an oilfield accident call our oilfield injury attorneys today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can help you understand what to do after an oilfield accident or explosion and what your legal rights are under Texas law.

How Many People Die in Oilfield Accidents Each Year?

Oilfield Accident Statistics

The oil and gas industry is the most dangerous sector in the United States when it comes to serious and fatal injuries. As of 2013, the fatality rate in the oil and gas industry was seven times higher than among US workers in general (25.1 compared with 3.7 per 100,000 per year). The statistics related to oilfield accident injuries and fatalities have continued to increase as laws and regulations created to protect workers have been repealed.

According to a 2017 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry Data:

  • There were 69 oil and gas worker fatalities across 10 states.
    • Texas oilfield workers were the most impacted, with 64% of the fatalities occurring in Texas.
  • Workers with less than 1 year experience were more likely to die than workers with more years in the industry, though fatalities still occurred among workers with 30 or more years in the industry.
  • The majority of those workers were working alone or unobserved at the time of their accident.
  • 62% of the fatalities occurred with workers performing well servicing.
  • 38% of the fatalities occurred with workers in drilling operations, specialized freight, and other job functions.
  • 88% of oilfield fatalities were caused by vehicle incidents (29 deaths), contact injuries (22 deaths), and explosions (10 death).
  • 12% of oilfield deaths were caused by exposure to dangerous substances, falls from height, electrocution, and other events.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Oil and Gas Industry Fact Sheet, there were 466 fatal oilfield injuries in the United States between 2007-2011. 70% of those fatalities occurred in just three states:  Texas (199), Oklahoma (64), and Louisiana (62). While the majority of the Texas oil field fatalities occurred in the field, many of the Louisiana oilfield accident fatalities occurred on rigs, such as the Deepwater Horizon in which 11 oilfield workers died and 17 others were injured.

With such a high concentration of injuries occurring in just a few adjacent states, Texas oil field accident attorneys are very well-versed in how to handle oilfield accident injury claims. If you were hurt in an oilfield accident call our oilfield accident lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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Who Are the Liable Parties in an Oilfield Accident?

Owners and supervisors managing an oilfield workplace must do so safely in order to minimize the chances of serious injury for anyone in or around it. Still, there are far too many injuries and fatalities in the oilfields every single year. Thompson Law has the experience handling these cases and can help formulate a winning strategy, as oilfield injury litigation is complex.

Experienced Dallas oilfield accident lawyers will have background knowledge of the equipment industry, company rules, personnel rules, and more. Hiring Thompson Law for your oilfield accident case can give you a better perspective on what is involved in bringing forward litigation.

Since your life can be changed in a big way as a result of an oilfield accident due to the serious risk of being crushed, pinned, permanently scarred, or more, you need an attorney who understands the risks of explosions, fires, and heavy machinery on many oilfield sites.

One of the most complicated aspects of handling an oilfield accident claim is that there are frequently many parties in an oilfield location when an accident occurred. The drilling crew, the company man, wireline services, a casing crew, and other employees may be in one location. This is why it is so important to contact a Dallas oilfield accident lawyer with the relevant evidence in your claim immediately after an accident happens.

Potentially liable parties could include:

If you were injured in an oilfield accident call our oilfield injury lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can help uncover who the potentially liable parties are and begin pursuing the compensation you deserve for your injuries related to their negligent and reckless behavior.

Why You Need a Lawyer Who Knows Oilfield Injury Claims

Do Not Place Your Future in the Company’s Hands

It is crucial to determine the role that each entity or party played in the accident and to understand the complex legal relationships between the parties. Master service agreements will also govern insurance requirements and liability. A Dallas oilfield accident lawyer who has a background helping others with multi-party oilfield litigation is an extremely important asset as you move forward with your case.

Some common ways oil and gas companies try to avoid responsibility for oilfield accidents include:

  • Asking for recorded statements from injured oilfield workers
  • Destroying or misplacing critical evidence proving the company was at fault
  • Using the company’s owner doctors to minimize the severity of injuries sustained
  • Faulting the worker for improperly performing their duties
  • Using coworkers or experts to place blame on the injured worker
  • Hiring private investigators to obtain evidence reportedly demonstrating the injuries are less severe than the worker claims
  • Using social media posts from the worker, their family, and their friends to downplay injury severity
  • Pressuring workers to sign documents releasing the company from liability, and withholding paychecks until the worker has signed

The Dallas oilfield accident lawyer at Thompson Law can help guide you through these traps, and ensure you get full value for your personal injury claim. If you’re the victim of an oilfield accident call our oilfield accident law firm today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can make sure the company and individuals that caused your injuries are held accountable, and get you the rightful compensation you deserve.

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We provide oilfield accident injury victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.

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What Compensation Can I Get For an Oilfield Accident?

In general, you can receive compensation for any monetary losses that are a direct result of the oilfield accident. These monetary losses can include things like:

  • Medical expenses you have incurred to-date related to the accident
  • Future medical expenses required for care that you still need, such as a surgery
  • Lost wages while you are unable to work due to your injuries
  • Money spent on services you require that you cannot perform on your own due to your injuries, such as lawn care and cleaning services

In severe oilfield injury cases where your injuries are life-altering or life-threatening, you may also receive compensation for:

  • Future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation or life-care costs
  • Future lost wages, such as reduced earnings capacity
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims)

In some cases where the actions of the person or company that injured you are high reckless or negligent you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish defendants for egregiously bad behavior. As an example, punitive damages might apply if you were hit by an oil company 18 wheeler by a drunk driver, when the company knew he or she had a history of DWIs.

If you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident, it is important to speak with one of our experienced attorneys to understand your rights and options. Call our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can help you understand what forms of compensation we might be able to obtain for your accident injuries.

Common Oil Field Accident Injuries

Depending on the type of oilfield accident, the injuries involved can vary. Some common injuries we see in oilfield accidents include:

  • Skin Injuries
    • Puncture wounds and lacerations
    • Burn injuries, such as chemical, electrical, or thermal burns
  • Head Injuries
  • Joint Injuries
    • Knee injury
    • Shoulder injury, typically a rotator cuff tear
    • Hand and wrist injury
    • Hip injury, most typically a torn labrum
    • Dislocations
  • Internal Injuries
    • Organ damage, often to the lungs leading to respiratory issues
    • Internal bleeding
    • Fractured bone(s)
    • Nerve damage or irritation
    • Vision and hearing loss
  • Spinal Column Injuries
  • Amputation Injuries
  • Crush Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

If you’re the victim of an oilfield accident call our oilfield accident injury attorneys today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can help you understand the impact your injuries will have on your life, and what we can do to get you compensated for them.

Our Oilfield Accident Case Results Speak for Themselves

Thompson Law obtained some of the largest oilfield accident settlements in the State of Texas. We have experience with a variety of oil and gas industry accident cases, and you can see all of our results here. While each case is different, we believe the following settlements – which reflect the net results paid to clients – testify to our expertise and skill in handling complex oilfield accident cases:

  • $11,991,670 – Truck accident, death
  • $9,187,114 – Industrial accident, burn injury
  • $7,694,750 – Industrial accident, death
  • $7,387,617 – Industrial accident, death
  • $4,965,432 – Plant explosion, burn injuries
  • $3,963,371 – Plant explosion, death
  • $3,139,410 – Plant explosion, death
  • $2,897,960 – Industrial accident, death
  • $2,090,070 – Oilfield accident, death
  • $2,027,422 – Oilfield accident, death
  • $1,772,674 – Oilfield accident, death
  • $1,580,493 – Oilfield accident, upper and lower extremities fractures, internal injuries
  • $1,151,367 – Oil well accident, death

The amounts above are not the total settlement value, but rather the amount we were able to put into our clients’ pockets from the settlements in oilfield accident and related cases. As you can see above, our partners at Thompson Law handle a wide variety of oilfield accident injury claims in a wide variety of accident types.

The list above is not meant to include all types of claims our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers handle, but is rather just a representative sample of some of the case types with which we can help. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an oilfield accident, call our law firm for a FREE CONSULTATION to see if we may be able to help. You have a right to be compensated for the injuries you suffered due to the dangerous behavior of those who caused your harm, and we have a strong history of obtaining excellent results for clients just like you.

How Long Do I Have to File an Oilfield Accident Claim?

It is critical to act quickly after an oilfield accident, as your Dallas oilfield accident lawyer will have to prevent the potentially liable parties from destroying evidence intentionally or inadvertently. The state of Texas imposes a statute of limitations (i.e., a deadline for filing a lawsuit) on oilfield accident injury claims. If you fail to meet the deadline to file a lawsuit, you will likely be unable to recover damages.

For the majority of oilfield accident claims, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of accident, or 2 years from the date of death in a fatality accident. While there are some exceptions to the statute of limitations, they are rarely granted. Further, many attorneys will not accept cases within 6 months of the statute date, so it is imperative to get legal assistance early with your claim.

If you’ve been injured in an oilfield accident call our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION. We can ensure you do not miss any deadlines for filing a lawsuit and get started working on your personal injury claim today.

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You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If our Dallas oilfield accident lawyers do obtain a settlement for you, our fee will only come out of a portion of the settlement.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an oilfield accident, act now. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. Call the oilfield accident attorneys you can trust who have recovered $1.8 billion for our clients. Contact the Dallas oilfield accident lawyer at Thompson Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Personal Injury FAQs

Personal Injury

If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.

Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.

A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck. 

A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

Some of the most devastating injuries caused by careless driving happen to pedestrians. As a pedestrian, you have the same right to be free from injury and harm caused by the irresponsibility, error, or negligence of others as any motorist on the road. In is important to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you are injured as a pedestrian. The right attorney will see that you receive the medical care you need, guide your damage claim process, and receive full compensation for your injuries.  

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.

No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.

The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.

Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.  

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 6-12 months from date of incident; but the timeline in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process

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Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.

State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.