Oilfield Accident Attorney

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 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.

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 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.

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

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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. 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 oilfield accident attorneys 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 oilfield accident attorneys 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 Texas 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 oilfield accident attorney 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 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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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 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.