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Have You Been Injured in an Oilfield Accident?

As the oil industry has 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 Texas oilfield accident attorney 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 oilfield accident attorneys 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 an oilfield accident attorney

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.

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.

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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 oilfield accident attorneys 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 an oilfield accident attorney with the relevant evidence in your claim immediately after an accident happens.

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. An oilfield accident attorney 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 oilfield accident attorneys at Thompson Law can help guide you through these traps, and ensure you get full value for your personal injury claim.

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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 oilfield accident attorneys will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.

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If you are asking yourself “When is the best time to contact a personal injury lawyer after an oilfield accident,” the answer is NOW! Thompson Law offers FREE CASE REVIEWS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Further, we charge NO FEE unless we win.

You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If our 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 lawyers you can trust who have recovered $1.8 billion for our clients. Contact the oilfield accident attorneys at Thompson Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 15 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2021, as well as the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State in 2020. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.